The Monk (Oxford World’s Classics)

The Monk Oxford World s Classics strong He was deaf to the murmurs of conscience and resolved to satisfy his desires at any price The Monk is a sensational story of temptation and depravity a masterpiece of Gothic fiction and

  • Title: The Monk (Oxford World’s Classics)
  • Author: Matthew Lewis
  • ISBN: 0198704453
  • Page: 167
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  • strong He was deaf to the murmurs of conscience, and resolved to satisfy his desires at any price The Monk 1796 is a sensational story of temptation and depravity, a masterpiece of Gothic fiction and the first horror novel in English literature The respected monk Ambrosio, the Abbot of a Capuchin monastery in Madrid, is overwhelmed with desire for a young girl once having abandoned his monastic vows he begins a terrible descent into immorality and violence His appalling fall from grace embraces blasphemy, black magic, torture, rape, and murder, and places his very soul in jeopardy Lewis s extraordinary tale drew on folklore, legendary ghost stories, and contemporary dread inspired by the terrors of the French Revolution Its excesses shocked the reading public and it was condemned as obscene The novel continues to beguile and shock readers today with its gruesome catalogue of iniquities, while at the same time giving a profound insight into the deep anxieties experienced by British citizens during one of the most turbulent periods in the nation s history ABOUT THE SERIES For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .

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    1. I wasn t aware of the existence of this classic gothic novel I have enjoyed it Particularly so when you realise when this was written 1796 and the message which delivers.

    2. A thoroughly nasty horror story, written some two hundred years ago, The Monk is an account of the fall from grace of a prideful Spanish monk who is renowned as a preacher and confessor in Madrid The English, anti Catholic, Black Legend of the Spaniards breathes on every page, with corrupt churchmen, wicked, homicidal nuns, dungeons and the Inquisition all on parade The story of the Monk s decline, under strong diabolical temptation, from pride, to lust, to dishonesty, rape, and finally murder i [...]

    3. Before there was Frankenstein , before there was Dracula, before The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, there was The Monk While The Monk may not have been the first Gothic novel in the English language, or the greatest, it s certainly one of the most entertaining Matthew Lewis, a mild mannered social reformer who sought to improve the lot of slaves in the West Indies, wrote his only novel when he was 19 years old the same age as Mary Shelley when she wrote Frankenstein , and its publica [...]

    4. In THE MONK, the writing is beautiful the descriptions emotional It s a pity that we don t express ourselves this way today, but we would never have time in our fast paced lives to do much else eloquence requires time and an unhurried disposition Lewis s writing style uses time effectively to tell his tale in some 230 pages His use of language is precise, evocative, measured and moving It is, above all, unhurried Assuming that readers have no demands upon their daily liveswell then, adopt the st [...]

    5. Now that s what I m talking about.In the same manner that Dangerous Liaisons saved an entire genre the epistolary novel from never having a proper representative book written well, so too does this book rescue one goth from such a fate.It takes what all goth books preceding it tried to do and failed , and does it right.I have written before that this goth genre is very kitchen sink It attempts to throw dozens of elements into a narrative and weave a story It isn t done well.Until this one Every [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this story I read a lot of classics from this era and this one was a little different I love the way you are just reading the story and all of a sudden something really startling is revealed makes you want to say OMG There are a lot of twists and turns in the story but not too many characters to remember and the story is all tied together at the end It has a very satisfying ending with the right amount of happy endings and justice The heroes are heroic and the villains are evil [...]

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