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Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson
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It’s fascinating how Stevenson both plays with and embraces the gothic form. When our narrator receives the strange invitation to go and stay with the odd family in the residencia in the Spanish hills, the reader obviously knows that terrible things await. However Stevenson initially delays these expectations, giving us instead a lonely man wandering about, being somewhat intrigued but mostly irritated by those family members he meets. It’s only when ‘Olalla’ suddenly raises itself into a passionate love story that the sense of terror takes over. And then, of course, the stakes are raised as it’s not merely a sad man who is threatened, but a pure and all-consuming romance.

An unsettling tale from a master storyteller, which intimately knows the tropes it’s playing with, but manages to embrace them without pandering to them.
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Reading Progress

May 23, 2015 – Started Reading
May 23, 2015 – Shelved
May 24, 2015 – Finished Reading

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