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The Monk: A Romance (Xist Classics) by [Lewis, Matthew Gregory]
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The Monk: A Romance by Matthew Gregory Lewis is a gothic romance that combines a morality tale with a horrifically violent plot. When a monk condemns a young girl who has become pregnant out of wedlock, she curses him to fall to his own immorality. He later falls in love and it proves his undoing in this intricate and compelling narrative.<
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1166 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Xist Classics; Reissue edition (15 April 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00W68DUFQ
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic excellence 24 May 2017
By Patricia - Published on
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The genre of Horrid or Gothic novels is a favorite of mine. Ann Radcliffe & others became an interest to me, when reading Jane Austin ' s wonderful books. Through her books, I managed to find the Horrid Novels of N. Abbey & was introduced to these books.
Poetry, terrors of reason, morals are all a part of the experience. As many of these novels are available free, I read them voraciously.
I highly recommend The Monk as 1 of these novels to be read slowly & savored. ..especially when storming! Enjoy & answer the discussion questions in the back of the may find yourself realizing a part of the plot you hadn't considered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun to read and teach! 31 March 2015
By K. S. Lowery - Published on
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Incest, violence, murder, demonic acts, bleeding nuns, and the Inquisition--this book has it all. I teach this novel in my Romantics and Gothic classes. The literary merit is a bit dubious, but it is a lot of fun and a great counterbalance to Jane Austen's prim and proper prose. There is a reason that this book was the _50 Shades_ of its day. In all seriousness, I love the intro to this version as it really does a good job of giving the work a context. There is something in this book that will offend everyone so it always leads to interesting class discussions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Swooning Men and Bewitching Women 3 February 2016
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It's a good story; but it does move slowly. This is partly due to numerous forays into pages of poetry. The poems/songs are supposed to be enhancing a particular point or direction in the story (I think). For me, these poetic inserts were just annoying. I also think this was to emphasize the poetically romantic/tragic bent of the Spaniards in this historical context. I will say that the ending almost justified the time it took for me to read this through. The supernatural sub-plots didn't seem very developed, and were too minimal to be classified as a genuine Gothic. It was amusing how many times the males affected moods and fainting spells traditionally favored by heroic-yet-tragic females.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Schools Should Teach This Instead Of Frankenstein 20 February 2014
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M. G. Lewis wrote The Monk in a handful of weeks when he still a teenager, and though he wrote other works in a similar vein, none of them earned him half the fame––notoriety rather––of The Monk. After having read this work, I can see why it was so talked about when it came out. (I also venture to suggest that we should have more MPs who wrote novels of this nature before their political careers began!) The work is deliciously juicy, never hesitating to drop the other shoe in a manner that retains its power to shock even today's terribly desensitized readers, and yet of course the 18th-century sensibilities prevent this shoe-dropping from being truly offensive, landing firmly in what we might call 'safely titillating territory'. (Well…maybe not entirely safe.) A more or less unrelated set of chapters detailing an exciting encounter with bandits serves as a slightly tamer interlude from the main scene of hot-blooded Mediterranean Catholic unreason and wickedness. Some of the details of the events that befall the fainting maiden for whom our naughty, naughty monk yearns still draw a horror-stricken grimace. No one expects the Spanish Inquisition, but they do make a brief appearance towards the end. And Rosario…I shouldn't say anything more about this companion to the central villain Ambrosio except that he is full of surprises! Bodices heave, boundaries are transgressed, mobs run about angrily, and of course the monastery has vast subterranean passages below it (it couldn't be a real monastery without them, you understand). By the end of the book one wonders if any more stops could have been pulled out, until Mr. Lewis makes a few more stops on the spot and pulls them out. This is all done from a conservative perspective of demonstrating the fall of a would-be hero due to a tragic flaw and the inevitable, just punishment of vice, but less harrumph-prone readers than I would probably admit that Mr. Lewis enjoyed the depiction of vice perhaps a shade too much for the moral lesson to remain the dominant feature of his novel.

Oxford World's Classics always does a stellar job, with an attractive and sensible formatting, an apt cover, a sound introduction, and ample textual notes. Huzzah for that.

I should say that this book is not recommended for those of very tender age, or practicing Catholics who are unable to get past the seriously anti-Catholic stereotyping in the novel motivated by a strange mix of heartfelt English prejudice and detached Enlightenment disdain. But for lovers of the Gothic and novices alike, it's high time to do some dungeon-crawling with "Monk" Lewis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Masterpiece 18 September 2010
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Why this book is not as popularly read as Mrs. Radcliffe's doorstops will remain a mystery to me deeper than any to be found in this delightfully wicked and addictively readable masterpiece. That the author was only 19 when it was published puts him in the precocious genius department. What most new readers to this novel won't realize until they start is how much fun it is to read. Yes, the wicked are really bad (they really do consort with Satan) and the good generally come to a bad end but the sheer narrative rush of the book, the nuggets of wit that show the author winking out now and then, and all the demonic clergy, gloomy sepulchers and restless ghosts that you could ever wish for take this novel into that enviable category of one-of-a-kind reading experiences. Lewis has the courage of his conventions and won't cop out at the end like Mrs. Radcliffe will which makes this more a successor to "The Castle of Otranto" than any of her productions. And the lustful goings on would bring a blush of modesty to any of her virginal heroines (you can see why this novel was expurgated for it's fourth edition). Yet the dangers and horrors come on so fast and thick that you won't be bored and will soon understand why this was a major hit when first published and gave the author the nickname "Monk" Lewis for the rest of his writing days (which in keeping with his Romantic peers, was way too short). If you can look past the archaic locutions and enjoy the Sturm und Drang rules of the game, this is a novel you won't want to miss.