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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; 1 edition (March 26 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199539227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199539222
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`Good to see this archetypal and influential Gothic novel in print.' Dr Philip W. Martin, King Alfred's College, Winchester --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chloe Chard is Lecturer in English at the University of Sheffield.


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A very early Gothic tale (1791), long on text and relatively short on actual thrills. As with many such narratives of this era, this one is rambling and melodramatic, though with just enough interest to keep you turning the pages as the interminable plot unfolds. Don't expect too much in the way of masterful characterization ... things are kept pretty clear-cut here. The introduction and notes by Chloe Chard are useful, if rather academic: one gets the impression that the book should be read more in order to identify period tropes and references than for any pleasure that might be derived from the story. The setting and events are vivid, however, and I definitely don't regret having read this.
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I admire the way in which the authoress took all of her threads at the end and made them part of a carpet intricate in design. The heroine was lovable, but the romance between her and her lover was too restrictive and cold that I was often disappointed with it and not convinced, all though perhaps it suits the stereotype of the times, but I doubt I could ever keep my feelings so hidden. Despite my many qualms with the book, it was often exciting, and I do credit Radcliffe's ability to set words on paper. It is a perfect example of the gothic genre.
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The contrived situations, coincidences, and overwrought events in this book overwhelm what little character insight and logic are there. Plot-driven, it does engage the way an old fashioned horror movie might, but there are repetitious circlings in the narrative and such helplessness in the protagonist that reader frustration is inevitable. I would have loved this book as a young teen had I been able to master the older English.
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