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Charlene Morris | 1278 comments Mod
On my copy, volume one was about 105 pages. As I was flipping through this morning, I didn't see any chapter numbers or titles.

Please no spoilers (use spoiler html if necessary). There will be a separate thread for entire book with spoilers.


Anastasia Kinderman | 670 comments Mod
I'm excited for this. I already have my copy on the Kindle.


Charlene Morris | 1278 comments Mod
Anastasia wrote: "I'm excited for this. I already have my copy on the Kindle."

I picked this one just because it is one of the ones mentioned in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. I had already read a couple of Ann Radcliffe's books and want to see another author mentioned in Jane Austen's novel.


Lisa (lisadannatt) | 304 comments I’ve also got my copy ready


Charlene Morris | 1278 comments Mod
I think it will be nearer to July 6 when I will get to start Castle of Wolfenbach. I am only half way through my current book.


Charlene Morris | 1278 comments Mod
I don't seem to find much more than a Wikipedia article on Eliza Parsons.

It is interesting that it wasn't until the 1920s until people realized the books listed in Northanger Abbey are real published novels.


http://www.valancourtbooks.com/jane-a...


Charlene Morris | 1278 comments Mod
Here are some articles on the Gothic novel.

https://lithub.com/in-praise-of-the-h...

http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/e...

http://blogs.bl.uk/english-and-drama/...

I thought it was interesting that the last article pointed out about consumerism in 1790s.


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Kathleen | 224 comments I'm hoping to read this too. I have a feeling I'd really like the horribleness. Enjoyed the articles Charlene--thank you!


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Cam | 116 comments Thanks for the links Charlene! I unfortunately won't have time to read The Castle of Wolfenbach this summer but I found the articles really interesting (apart from the use of the word 'slutty' in the Lit Hub post - lazy, unnecessary and damaging).

Re: consumerism, I'm currently reading Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First and although I haven't gotten to the 18th century yet it was intriguing to start thinking about how literature contributes to consumerism. Thanks for sharing.


Charlene Morris | 1278 comments Mod
With no chapters, I have found it is hard to keep track of the different characters. All the counts, barons and such are getting confused.

Just in case there is any spoilers for others, I will go post a character list in the entire book spoiler thread.


Charlene Morris | 1278 comments Mod
I finished volume 1 last night.
Castle of Wolfenbach reads differently from other gothic novels I have read. I don't feel like this one is depending on setting descriptions. The story is moving along without a gothic setting.


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Lisa (lisadannatt) | 304 comments Charlene wrote: "With no chapters, I have found it is hard to keep track of the different characters. All the counts, barons and such are getting confused.

Just in case there is any spoilers for others, I will go ..."


I agree, I started this last Friday and I'm finding it a bit hard to follow. I feel it's because of the lack of breaks between paragraphs and chapters. Let's see if I stick it out.


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Charlene Morris | 1278 comments Mod
Lisa wrote: "Charlene wrote: "With no chapters, I have found it is hard to keep track of the different characters. All the counts, barons and such are getting confused.

Just in case there is any spoilers for o..."


I do have a list of characters in the spoiler thread. I haven't added any from the last quarter of the book so hopefully it shouldn't spoil too much.

I did find that once you were able to easily identify characters, it read fast. It does at a point sort of turn into an adventure novel.


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Anastasia Kinderman | 670 comments Mod
Charlene wrote: "I finished volume 1 last night.
Castle of Wolfenbach reads differently from other gothic novels I have read. I don't feel like this one is depending on setting descriptions. The story is moving al..."


It's more like (view spoiler)

And the crying.....oh the crying.....*bursts into copious floods of tears* jk.


Charlene Morris | 1278 comments Mod
Anastasia wrote: "Charlene wrote: "I finished volume 1 last night.
Castle of Wolfenbach reads differently from other gothic novels I have read. I don't feel like this one is depending on setting descriptions. The s..."


I wonder if some of the action in the book is reflection upon the French Revolution which was happening during the book's writing.


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Lisa (lisadannatt) | 304 comments I’m about to give up...


Charlene Morris | 1278 comments Mod
You can make it! The second half is where most of the action of the book is at.


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Anastasia Kinderman | 670 comments Mod
Lisa wrote: "I’m about to give up..."

It gets better.


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Anastasia Kinderman | 670 comments Mod
Charlene wrote: "Anastasia wrote: "Charlene wrote: "I finished volume 1 last night.
Castle of Wolfenbach reads differently from other gothic novels I have read. I don't feel like this one is depending on setting d..."


I definitely noticed the whole "England is better than France" vibe she had going. All the nice French people that are portrayed as likable are described as "being English-like".


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