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The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
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The Monk Matthew Lewis
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This is the story of brother Ambrosio a young monk who is the rising star of his monastery and a sensation in Madrid, he is a speaker of much renown and his virtues are celebrated far and wide. Abandoned as a small child the church is the only life he knows and he only leaves the monastery to preach at a local church this and his own belief in his own virtue makes him a target for dark forces that want to destroy him.

This is a gothic story, the monastery is a sinister setting especially with the convent grave yard and catacombs next door and the way the Monk's downfall occurs is very melodramatic.

The story is about the fight between good and evil and it keeps you guessing until the very end which side will win the battle.

Before reading this I had actually seen a film based on the book, I can tell you now the film is a lot more light hearted and nowhere near as dark as the book it is also significantly different in terms of the story itself as well.

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Reading Progress

December 31, 2016 – Started Reading
December 31, 2016 – Shelved
January 5, 2017 – Shelved as: 1001-read
January 5, 2017 – Shelved as: read-2017
January 5, 2017 – Finished Reading

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