Thursday, 21 January 2010

The gothic revival carries on with The Monk by Matthew Lewis (1796)

So melodramatic! But also very richly textured, with various little odds of folklore thrown in, such as a spectral nun and the wandering nun, various apposite folktales in the form of poems and a wildly fraught dual storyline that somehow manages to converge at the very last.

What I learned: if two women in a Gothic novel love the hero, one of them is going to die terribly at the hands of the villain.

Also: don't deal with the devil unless you've thought out your list of demands beforehand. Fool!

1 comment:

priya said...

so u r speaking there is always a tragic death in triangle love stories in ITALIAN NOVELS...hum.. i too learnt from u...so hereafter no crushes with ITALIAN dudes!!