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Dorothy W.

Yay -- I'm so glad you enjoyed this book! I think you'll enjoy Burney, Edgeworth, and Wollstonecraft too -- you're making me want to reread all these writers! And the Gothic novels you mentioned are good too, at least I can speak for the Walpole and Lewis novels -- they are wacky, but lots of fun. They are not nearly as rational as Radcliffe's novels are.

Sylvia

"I alternately found myself thrilled by the story, and wishing Emily carried smelling salts with her."

LOL!

Susan

You'll have a fabulous time with The Monk. The sheer list of things that happens is hard to keep up with: murder, kidnapping, lust, incest, ghosts, etc. The list goes on and on!

Danielle

Dorothy--The more the novel seeps into my brain now, the more I think I appreciate it. Despite my few complaints I did think this was a very fun read. I'm really looking forward to reading more from this period and more Gothic novels.
Sylvia--I should really say, Emily's maid Annette should carry the smelling salts as usually Emily was slumped on the floor, or chair, or...not in a position to whip those smelling salts out---LOL.
Susan--What fun. Lewis must have been pretty shocking to readers of the time. Of course those are usually the most entertaining books.

Litlove

What a fantastic review, Danielle! I enjoyed reading The Italian last year, and reacted very similarly to you to the heroines contradictory mix of dippiness and courage (and oh for those smelling salts!)I might not read another by Radcliffe, but I'll be interested to see how you get on with the other authors!

Danielle

Litlove--Heroines have certainly come a long way, haven't they? It would be fun to do a study to see how they've evolved! I'd like to read more of Radcliffe's work--after the lenghty Udolpho anything else has to be a cake walk. I do think I will read a few of the others in this genre first though!

iliana

I love Northanger Abbey and hope you'll enjoy that one a lot. Now I need to read The Mysteries of Udolpho :)
I have a list of gothic lit that I want to get to one of these days.

Matt

I mentioned a while ago that I do have a copy of The Mysteries of Udolpho. I think I'll put it in my hand-carry and read on the way later this month. It sounds very intriguing.

Danielle

Iliana--I am really looking forward now to reading Northanger Abbey. I'd like to read more Gothic lit as well.
Matt--Definitely an interesting novel! If you have a long flight or waits ahead of you, this one will keep you busy for hours!

Victoria Perfect

Danielle, I very recently read The Monk and highly enjoyed it. It has one of the best endings of any book I've read. I have Udolpho at home but I haven't got to it, yet... Now I really want to!

Danielle

Victoria--The Monk sounds pretty wild. I'm looking forward to it. I hope you enjoy Udolpho. It is a long novel, but I enjoyed it!

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