The Mysteries of Udolpho

The Mysteries of Udolpho

A Romance

Book - 2001
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"If beautiful, orphaned Emily St. Aubert is to resist the predatory demands of her new guardian, the inscrutable Signor Montoni, she must quell the superstitious imaginings that pervade her mind. Within the sombre walls of Montoni's medieval castle the boundaries of real and imagined terrors are blurred as Emily is drawn into a Gothic web of mystery and intrigue which threaten her not only with the loss of inheritance but also identity."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2001
ISBN: 9780140437591
0140437592
Branch Call Number: CL RADC
Characteristics: xxxix, 653 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Howard, Jacqueline

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Eosos
Jan 29, 2017

I rather surprised myself when I ended up enjoying this book. As far as I could tell it was going to be everything I hated; too much description, twelve words when one would do and a rather pathetic heroine. Which of course might make you wonder why I even bothered to pick it up.....the main reason was that it's mentioned in Northanger Abbey and also it's a classic of its gothic genre. And yes, it's highly descriptive and way too wordy, though the heroine wasn't quite as feeble as I was envisioning, despite the multiple fainting episodes. But I got caught up in the story, I wanted to know who would survive and how the rescue would happen and what would happen to the money.

I took me a couple chapters to acclimatize to the writing. I had to do a little rereading before I started to absorb the story. I will also admit that I skimmed through most of the scenery descriptions, I can't envision the setting through words anyway so it is always a bit lost on me.

I did end up really liking all the creepy guys in the story. Montori is greedy and unscrupulous, Count Morano is a super disturbing stalker type and and DuPont, Bertolini & Verezzi are quite the variety of sub par good or bad guys. To my surprise, the hero Valancourt was the pathetic one. Why she ever liked him....

I would definitely say that it must be read with a view to admiring the absurd and enjoying the genre for the fantastic melodrama it is.

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BettyBaker1
Jan 29, 2017

Extremely wordy as most books of that era and genre are.

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