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
Branch Call Number: CL RADC
Characteristics: xxxix, 653 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Howard, Jacqueline


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Dec 20, 2018

I read this book because of reading Northanger Abby and it's mention in that book. Udolpho was difficult in the beginning, but ended up being thoroughly enjoyable to the extent that I had a heard time putting it down. I loved the challenge of learning unfamiliar words - I kept a dictionary close by. Emily does an excessive amount of crying and fainting and Valancount begs and pleads for her love like a baby - I favored DuPont at the end. It's like ice cream with zero calories - a fun and entertaining read and yet quietly educational.

Nov 05, 2018

"Horror occupied her mind, and excluded, for a time, all sense of past, and dread of future misfortune."
Along with Walpole's "The Castle of Otranto" and Lewis's "The Monk," Ann Radcliffe's 1794 novel is a founding novel of Gothic lit. Running nearly 700 pages in the Oxford edition, this is a sometimes engaging, often long-winded, not terribly exciting novel whose appeal will probably not be much outside of lit major, current and former. If you're interested in the Gothic and the Romantic, it checks a lot of boxes (exotic foreign setting, evil aristocrats, mysterious going ons, an innocent heroine, a love of nature) and it will help you appreciate Austen's "Northanger Abbey," which parodied the genre. Radcliffe's other major novel is "The Italian."

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.

Jan 29, 2017

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

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