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Zofloya by Charlotte Dacre
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really liked it
bookshelves: 640-vic-novel-sp-08
Recommended to Laura by: professor
Recommended for: fans of Gothic / early Victorian lit

Perhaps I would think differently if I had read the Monk, but I found Zofloya to be an engrossing page-turner. Part Castle of Otranto, part Caleb Williams, the story of the evil Italian beauty, Victoria, her ill-fated family, and the doomed "innocents" who cross her path is not your typical "damsel in distress" Gothic read. Comparisons with the Monk and rampant sexual overtones earned the reviewers' scorn in 1806, but I think modern audiences will be more sympathetic. The fast-paced final parts of the story and its "voluptuous prose," as one reviewer put it, make up for the more painstaking Part I, while the introduction and appendices (including original reviews, an essay on the "dangers" of reading, and a pirated, shorter version of the novel) make the Broadview Press version well worth a few extra dollars.
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