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The first steps towards gothic literature were taken in the mid to late 1700's. The gothic architecture and art had been developing for years, giving some criticisms and unfavourable portrayals of the church and authority in general. Through these art forms, people were learning to think more ... Read review
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Monk (Modern Library) - Matthew Lewis

Monk (Modern Library) - Matthew Lewis

When Matthew Lewis's "The Monk" was published in 1796, readers were shocked by this ... more

gripping and horrific novel. Lewis's story, which
drove the House of Commons--of which he was a
member--to deem him licentious and perverse,
follows the abbot Ambrosio as he is tempted into a
world of incest, murder, and torture by a young
girl who has concealed herself in his monastery
disguised as a boy. As Ambrosio spirals into hell,
the reader encounters an array of haunting
characters: the innocent virgin, the Bleeding Nun,
the Wandering Jew, an evil prioress, and Lucifer
himself. This Modern Library Paperback Classic,
set from the unexpurgated first edition of 1796,
brings to a new generation of readers a timeless
classic of gothic fiction that has influenced
writers from Byron and Emily Bronte to Poe and
Hawthorne.

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The Monk (World's Classics) - Matthew Lewis

The Monk (World's Classics) - Matthew Lewis

Pages: 472, Edition: Reprint, Paperback, Oxford Paperbacks

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The Monk (World's Classics) - Matthew Lewis

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Pages: 496, Edition: New edition, Paperback, Oxford Paperbacks

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The Monk (Vintage Classics) - Matthew Lewis

The Monk (Vintage Classics) - Matthew Lewis

Paperback. Pub Date: November 2009 Pages: 560 in Publisher: Random House UK Noble and ... more

devout. Amosio is the abbot of a Spanish monastery
and spends his days in prayer and preaching
However his monastery is On harboring a malevolent
force in the form of a young monk called Rosario.
Rosario attaches himself to the abbot and then one
fateful night reveals that he is in fact a
beautiful woman in disguise. From this moment on
Amosio finds himself seduced into a lurid
maelstrom of sin and vice that it is impossible
for him to resist. INCLUDES THE AVO OF VENICE

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The Monk (Penguin Classics) - Matthew Lewis

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Ambrosio, a pious monk, finds himself drawn to his pupil, Matilda, a young woman in ... more

disguise. Unable to control himself, he sates his
lust, and soon tires of her. But Matilda has more
than her body to offer: using black magic, she
will help Ambrosio seduce the innocent Antonia.

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Community Level 1sa.fraser

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The Monk - Matthew Lewis

AdvantagesFantastic read - Couldn't put down

DisadvantagesI couldn't find any even if you paid me...

"The first steps towards gothic literature were taken in the mid to late 1700's. The gothic architecture and art had been developing for years, giving some criticisms and unfavourable portrayals of the church and authority in general. Through these art forms, people were learning to think more independently, away from the church and become more open in their expressions. The first gothic novel was Horace Walpole's novel The Caste of Otranto (1764). ..." Read review
14.04.2008

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

it's always the ones you least suspect

AdvantagesAn amazingly written, addictive read.

Disadvantages-

"...readers will be put off The Monk because it is over two hundred years old and is not considered by most to be an essential classic, but that's their loss. When I read this book I was going through one of those phases of not being able to get past page 50 of anything - but with The Monk I sailed straight through from start to finish. It moves as quickly as any modern thriller and entrances with its lavishly poetic yet perfectly accessible style. Ambrosio ..." Read review
13.02.2008

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Community Level 1MrFraggles

MrFraggles

Better than Stoker; The Monk has much to offer.

AdvantagesDark lustful devilry, excellent story telling.

DisadvantagesIt is the only book written by Mathew Lewis.

"...my all time favourite read. The Monk offers a dark and intriguing insight into human nature through the lustful desires of a popular and much admired Capuchin monk. There are many stories that tie into one and it is very pleasing when you reach the end of the book to see them and the characters come together. It is my favourtie method of excitement in story telling to leave you wondering as you move onto a different story or character perspective. ..." Read review
11.09.2009

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Community Level 3Chaotic1

Chaotic1

Gotherific!

AdvantagesMore gothic than Frankenstein. Almost as good as Dracula.

Disadvantagesnone. Read it now.

"The Monk is set in the sinister surroundings of an abbey and convent in Madrid. It tells of the once proud and noble Abbot, his temptation, his fall into depravity and his vile corruption of all the purity that surrounds him. It is a story of murder, torture, rape, intervention from beyond the grave, and a desperate struggle to save a woman condemned to die by a religious order. It's a tale of daemonic pacts, magic, bands of murderous villans in the ..." Read review
08.08.2000

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Type Fiction
Genre Horror
Title The Monk
Author Matthew Lewis
ISBN 0192833944
EAN 9780192833945

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