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The Bride of Lammermoor

(Tales of My Landlord #3 part 1)

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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,527 ratings  ·  140 reviews
This is a story of national change and personal tragedy. For Lucy Ashton and Edgar Ravenswood, acts of heroism are thwarted and love is doomed by social, political and historical division. This edition restores the action to the years of uncertainty and political flux before the Union of Scotland and England in 1707, rather than after, as Scott's later revision had placed ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published September 28th 2000 by Penguin Classics (first published 1819)
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Bill  Kerwin
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it

This is an impressive work, one that can be enjoyed by fans of the historical novel, the gothic novel and the novel of ethnic character--provided they accept "The Bride" as a not completely effective fusion of the three and are willing to adjust their expectations accordingly.

The essential plot--the story of the dispossessed Master of Ravenswood (now living on top of a promontory overlooking the sea in a half-ruined castle) and how he falls in love with the daughter of his mortal enemy, eventua
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Henry Avila
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Around the time of the union between Scotland and England 1707, great changes are occurring in that ancient an often unhappy land of the north, rebellion is always beneath the calm surface, in uneasy Scotland. Rivalries, family blood feuds, (and just plain hate) political contests between Whigs and Tories for power, but with a polite face shown. Edgar , the son of the late Lord Ravenswood, his downfall caused by Sir William Ashton a devious lawyer or a honest man, depending on your side of the a ...more
Kelly
Aug 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: gothic lit fans!
Seriously gothic fans, listen up: This is your ultimate indulgence. This is ridiculously over the top. The characters actually swish their cloaks and make dark, portentous pronouncements. Wolves really howl at the moon, the dudes really live in broken down castles. Ladies go mad! Men lose their inheritance and swear revenge! Old family feuds! Star crossed lovers! (Though let's note about that that they make no sense and the hero seems to be more 'Eh, well, she's a chick, she loves me. I'm pretty ...more
Cynthia
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
“The Bride of Lammermoor“is surprisingly funny. It’s about two Scottish families who, through the centuries, fight over the same fortune and land holdings. One family wrests it away from the other branch and a century or so later another grabs it back and so on. As the book opens Lord Ravenswood has just lost his father and his fortune. It’s reverted back to the Ashton’s. In his anguish Ravenswood decides to go back to the house he grew up in and confront Ashton but along the way some wayward co ...more
Andrew
Jul 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this book after working on the opera based on it which, it turns out, has relatively little to do with the novel after all. While the opera is boiled down to the story of two star-crossed lovers, the novel puts the lovers on the back-burner, preferring to concentrate its focus on creating a record of Scottish politics and daily life at the turn of the 18th century. This is evident in the care and detail Scott devotes to describing, say, hospitality rituals, about which he goes on and on. ...more
Lobstergirl
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sir Loin
Shelves: fiction, own

I truly thought my whole life would pass without any Walter Scott, but I picked up this paperback for pennies at a sidewalk sale because I'm drawn to old paperbacks. There it sat along with all my other sidewalk sale finds until I reread Madame Bovary, which contains a scene in which Emma and Charles Bovary attend a performance of Donizetti's opera Lucia di Lammermoor, which is loosely based on this novel. (Another novel whose occupants attend this opera is Where Angels Fear to Tread.) So then I
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Suzannah
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Cloaks swirl, ladies go mad, rocks fall, everyone dies. Full review coming!
Sarah Mac
NOPE. Because I love myself too much to subject my poor leisure-reading brain to this interminable, meandering mess of endless verbiage.

Back when I was in school I had to force myself through unreadable and/or mind-numbingly dense books, whether "classics" or "postmodern" or Virginia Woolf, whatever labels you like, depending on the genre or course -- but that was then. Now, I'm an adult. I can eat cookies before dinner (one, or two, or ten cookies... [/Seinfeld]), I can watch baseball ALL NIGH
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Bruce
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Donizetti’s opera, “Lucia di Lammermoor,” is based on this novel by Sir Walter Scott. Published in 1819, Scott’s narrative is set in southern Scotland and traces the tragic love affair of Lucy Ashton and her family’s enemy, Edgar Ravenswood. Lucy’s father has, through shady legal maneuvering, taken possession of all the properties of the ancient and honorable Ravenswood family, leaving Edgar as the family’s role and impoverished survivor. Intent of revenge, Edgar unwillingly falls in love with L ...more
Faouzia
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first contact with Sir Walter Scott and i must say i am surprised i took me so long to read any of his work. The story was quite interesting.
Set in the end the 18th Century, in Scotland, it is the tale of the unfortunate love and tragedies of Edgar the Master of Ravenswood and Lucy Ashton.
It might not be an original story, but the setting was fascinating, with a background of Scottish superstitions and legends.
I always enjoy this kind of historical fiction, it always made me dream of
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Czarny Pies
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-lit
Today Ivanhoe is Walter Scott's most read novel. Ivanhoe is nice enough. Moreover at time when England was considering emancipating its Jews, it draws attention in a timely fashion to how unjust the actual expulsion of Jews from England in 1290 A.D. had been.

Nonetheless, The Bride of Lammermoor is by far the most important book that Scott ever wrote. It took Europe by storm and is largely responsible for the launch of Romanticism in France as the French were blissfully unaware of the German roma
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Laura
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

From BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial:
Mike Harris adapts Sir Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor.

The novel is set in the Lammermuir Hills of south-east Scotland at the beginning of the 18th Century and tells of a tragic love affair between young Lucy Ashton and her family's enemy Edgar Ravenswood.

The Ashtons and Ravenswoods have been enemies for centuries - but will a proposed union between the warring families finally bring peace?

Music Composed and
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Carol Storm
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It's as sexy as any romance novel, but has a tragic ending and feels almost like a Shakespeare play. Usually Sir Walter Scott is romantic about history, and the gallant knights and damsels fair always win the day. Here it's almost like he knows the modern world must triumph over a nobler past, and he's sad but honest. When he lets his hero die at the end, he's like Deke Thornton saying goodbye to Pike Bishop in Sam Peckinpah's classic Western THE WILD BUNCH.
Surreysmum
Read in an 1897 edition. [These notes were made in 1982:]. This novel should have been a hundred pages longer. It starts and proceeds at Scott's leisurely pace, and about half the main action - the return of Ravenswood, Lucy's attempted murder of Bucklaw, her madness and death, and Ravenswood's death, are crammed into the last 15 pages. That rather glaring fault aside, there is much to like here, and some particularly impressive scenes - one can see how it captured the European imagination enoug ...more
Shawn
Aug 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shawn by: It also jumped off the shelf -- unlooked for at the book house i
Scott really is a masterful novelist. If, like me, your knowledge of this tale originates in Donizetti's opera, you will be fascinated by the job of his librettists! They managed to plumb the psychological depths of the story even as they did away with 90% of the characters and plot. The recognizable plot line of the opera starts up about Chapter 20, or nearly 170 pages into the novel. And the last chapters move along with the same intensity as the opera. But the excitement of the novel lies in ...more
Maan Kawas
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this novel by Sir Walter Scott very much, and I am eager to read more of his novels! I always meant to read it as Donizetti's opera adaptation of this novel (Especially with Dame Joan Sutherland as Lucia) is one of my favorite operas! The novel is about loss, revenge, love, honor and dignity, marriage, and death, with Gothic elements. It also has something from Shakespeare's plays, particularly, Macbeth, where Lady Ashton is somehow reminiscent of Lady Macbeth. That was my first Scott no ...more
Monica.A
Una vecchia leggenda narra di uno spirito della fontana che, uscito dalle acque, irretì un giovane cavaliere rubandogli l’anima e la vita.

Si dice che l’ultimo dei Ravenswood perirà a causa di una giovane donna morta di cui lui ne chiederà la mano.

“Quando di Ravenswood l’ultimo erede
Una morta fanciulla in moglie chiede
Il Kelpie col cavallo se lo inghiotte
E sul nome si fa eterna notte”
Christine
now on BBC Classic Serial starts June 29

Mike Harris adapts Sir Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor.

The novel is set in the Lammermuir Hills of south-east Scotland at the beginning of the 18th Century and tells of a tragic love affair between young Lucy Ashton and her family's enemy Edgar Ravenswood.

The Ashtons and Ravenswoods have been enemies for centuries - but will a proposed union between the warring families finally bring peace?

Music Composed and performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalv
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The Lit Bitch
Beware the Ravenswood!

This is a must read for fans of the genre....a classic gothic romance!

This Gothic tale has it all....witches, women going mad, a family fallen from grace, degenerative castles, ruined fortunes, Byronic heros, star crossed lovers, a dark prophecy, ominous symbology...everything! It is MacBeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Wuthering Heights all rolled into one. I wish Goodreads would let me give 1/2 stars as I would rate this one 3.5 stars....
See my full review here
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Beautiful tragic romance that made me cry at the end. Scott does wander off into seemingly purposeless rambles, with extra characters who have no usefulness in the story, but I forgive him b/c the rest of the writing is so very good.



I love the characters and the story line! The writing is exactly designed to sweep one away to another world, another time.



They say that he wrote most of the book whilst he was deliriously ill by dictating to his editor/publisher Ballantyne. Maybe that accounts for s
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Dafne
Dopo aver letto Ivanhoe, che mi aveva intrigato ma lasciata un po’ insoddisfatta, ho deciso di leggere un altro libro dell’autore scozzese, da tutti ritenuto il padre del romanzo storico. Leggendo qua e là le trame dei suoi libri – naturalmente tra quelli disponibili nella nostra lingua – ho optato per la lettura di La sposa di Lammermoor, la cui trama mi aveva molto incuriosita.
Pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1819, il libro si basa – come dichiara l’autore stesso – su fatti realmente accaduti
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Camelia
Due famiglie in lotta tra loro, una funesta leggenda, e un amore infelice nato sotto una cattiva stella: descrivendo in tali termini la trama di quest'opera, e considerando che ad essa s'ispirò Donizetti per la sua Lucia di Lammermoor, è facile pensare ad un avvincente romanzo gotico ricco di mistero, romanticismo e tragedia... Bene, se ci si aspetta tutto ciò, è inevitabile restare delusi.
Gli elementi del gotico, in realtà, ci sono tutti, ma Scott sembra essere il primo a non prenderli sul seri
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Kristina Andreeva
Книгата не е нещо особено. Неангажираща като история, ангажираща като стил. Последното успях да го пренебрегна с изненадваща лекота, обикновено дългите помпозни словоизлияния, в които героите казват нещо в първото си изречение и после го преповтарят на други четири реда, ме дразнят.
Та със стила се справих и даже беше приятно, но ми се искаше в сюжета да има поне нещо, което си заслужава да се прочете. Повечето от книгата съдържаше семейната история на героите, какъв бил нравът на този и онзи, дв
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Simona Fedele
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indubbiamente mi aspettavo qualcosa di più semplice e così non è stato. Forse a causa della vecchia edizione che ho letto (1982) o forse semplicemente per una errata valutazione dell'opera. Fatto sta che la lettura si è rivelata lunga e complessa. Ho molto apprezzato invece le capacità dell'autore nel descrivere i personaggi, soprattutto, ma anche gli ambienti e le abitudini degli scozzesi della fine del '600. Il corso degli eventi mi ha sorpreso dall'inizio alla fine, cominciando quasi in manie ...more
Katrina
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an enjoyable read.

https://piningforthewest.co.uk/2018/0...
Sissel
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to force myself to read this for the first half as it is for class and I really didn't want to read it, but damn the last 50% was a lot of action. Turns out I really liked it.
Ingrida L
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David
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book. Interesting writing, though his use of commas almost everywhere was annoying. Also, I was disappointed in the ending - it was over too quickly! :(
Raúl
Una novela deliciosa e irregular, en la que el desenlace, que es precisamente el argumento que toman luego los libretistas de la ópera, se precipita cuando hasta el momento había creado una narración muy equilibrada.
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Sir Walter Scott was born on August 15, 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Scott created and popularized historical novels in a series called the Waverley Novels. In his novels Scott arranged the plots and characters so the reader enters into the lives of both great and ordinary people caught up in violent, dramatic
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