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The Monk - Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural (Paperback)
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The Monk - Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 05/08/2009
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With an Introduction by Kathryn White. Prepare to be shocked. This novel, written in 1796, is a Gothic festival of sex, magic and ghastly, ghostly violence rarely seen in literature. The Monk is remarkably modern in style and tells a breathless tale of temptation, imprisonment and betrayal. Matthew Lewis recounts the downfall of Ambrosio, the holier-than-thou monk seduced within the walls of a Madrid abbey until he heads for the utter corruption of the soul. Meanwhile, two sets of young lovers are thwarted and the reader thrills to pursuits through the woods by bandits and is chilled by the spectre of nuns imprisoned in vermin-ridden and skeleton-crowded vaults. Late Eighteenth Century audiences were polarised in opinion as to the novel's merits. Lord Byron and the Marquis de Sade were impressed by Lewis's daring, while Coleridge warned parents against The Monk's suitability for their sons or daughters, describing the novel as 'poison for youth. If you want a novel that still terrifies, over two hundred years after it was written, there is none finer than The Monk.

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
ISBN: 9781840221855
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 211 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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“Forbidden desire...”

This book is a well paced narrative into doomed love.
Doomed for good intentions and bad people or otherwise...
There is more psychology to this than you may otherwise believe; the spectres of what is right and lawful... More

Paperback edition
26th August 2013
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“The Monk”

Paperback edition
16th January 2011
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“plain and simple”

this book is a little hard to separate its poetry and prose and you have to remember what it is you are reading as you find you are still reading poetry and it isn't it's prose.
Don't let that put you... More

Paperback edition
7th March 2011
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