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Reading It For Ait for a course you just follow the adventure and see where it takes you It s the ind of book you read just because you feel like indulging a little bit This makes it sound vapid and shallow but I found it a really interesting novelThe villainous Maruis of Mazzini returns to his original Castle after a long absence when he one of his servants Vincent passes way His daughters Julia and her "sister Emillia live there under the guidance and love of their carer "Emillia live there under the guidance and love of their carer de Menon as their mother has died He brings with him his second wife the Marchioness and his son Ferdinand who becomes uite close to his sisters especially Julia From there we follow Julia the interesting sister and watch as her uiet and happy life gets turned upside downI recommend this book to anyone who is happy to get caught up in an adventure filled story no matter how crazy the plot gets I am sure that the eagle eyed amongst you are noticing a theme here but I have wanted to read Radcliffe s work for such a long time and thought that placing A Sicilian Romance onto my Classics Club list would be a nudge in the right direction First published in 1790 the novel is firmly implanted within the Gothic tradition and veers toward the melodramatic almost from its beginningAs is often the case with my Classics Club reviews the following blurb of the Oxford World Classics edition illustrates the story perfectly without giving too much away This early novel explores the cavernous landscapes and labyrinthine passages of Sicily s castles and covents to reveal the shameful secrets of its all powerful aristocracy Julia and Emilia Mazzini live secluded in an ancient mansion near the Straits of Messina After their father s return to the island a neglected part of the house is haunted by a series of mysterious sights and sounds The origin of these hauntings is only discovered after a series of breathless pursuits through dreamlike pastoral landscapes When revelation finally comes it forces the heroines to challenge the united forces of religious and patriarchal authority A Sicilian Romance is most engaging from the first I found myself immediately spellbound drawn as I was into the Sicilian setting Radcliffe moves the plot along beautifully and the whole has been so tenderly written Much emphasis has been placed upon the senses and the general feel of the whole Radcliffe s descriptions are often sumptuous and the way in which she weaves in the imagined history of the castle and the Mazzinis who inhabit it is a definite strength adding another layer to the whole It certainly has shades of Walpole s The Castle of Otranto about itAs one might expect from a Gothic novel particularly one at the relative beginning of the canon A Sicilian Romance is rather dramatic even to Shakespearean heights in places characters are taken prisoner and confined to dungeons cruel fate awaits there are elopements and strange goings on prevail The story is rather predictable in places particularly as it nears its climax and it certainly relies heavily upon melodramatic incidents A lot of opposites manifest themselves within the plot from bravery and cowardice to the disparities between rich and poor and from a social perspective I found this fascinating A Sicilian Romance is rich and well paced The third person perspective and use of the past tense which Radcliffe has made use of both work well it is so over the top in places that the two together do not really act as distancing devices Whilst I was not too enamoured with the convenient ending of this moral novel I am most looking forw. Ages of Sicily's castles and convents to reveal the shameful secrets of its all powerful aristocracy Julia and Emilia Mazzini live secluded in an ancient mansion near the straits of Messina After their father's return to the island a neglected part of the house is haunted by a seri. .
Ard to reading of her work in future Ann Radcliffe s work is a wonderful choice for existing fans of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters her writing "IS JUST AS RICH AND DESCRIPTIVE "just as rich and descriptive I feel that she should certainly be widely read And they say this is one of her worst books Ann Radcliffe was the JK Rowling of the late 1700s She churned out bestsellers so popular they made her the highest paid author for an entire decade Her atmospheric gothic mysteryromances entranced the reading public similar to how Rowling immersed us in rich worlds of wizards and magic Critics and fans alike could not get enough of Radcliffe And yet today she is rarely read outside of a small slice of literary academia and hardcore gothic buffs If it weren t for Jane Austen s incessant references to her in Northanger Abbey she might have been forgotten completely What a shame A Sicilian Romance allegedly her least impressive effort is a marvelous adventure from beginning to endLike classic fairytales the story is a bit of a morality play where the characters are pure good or pure evil Specifically there s a rather nasty ruler who rampages after his daughter challenges his choice of husband for her As the daughter flees for her life we follow along for endless rides through gorgeous countryside confrontations with bandits and ghostly moaning within the recesses of haunted castlesSounds are a particular strength to Radcliffe s writing She uses noise to create mystery or confusion and to induce terror in her characters It s a clever strategy sound is a classic source for misinterpretation and fodder for the imaginationAcclaimed as the Shakespeare of romance writers there a long history of praise for her prose in general which is well deserved She s not an especially verbose writer her language isn t meant to draw attention to itself but her vocabulary often exceeds brilliant It s easy succinct reading but not a text to breeze through because she can pack a full scope of emotion and plot development into a short sentence Blink and you might miss a huge twist major reveal character motivation or lovely turn of phrase at leastThe pace is brisk Arguably too brisk The number of unexpected surprises and chance encounters crammed into a mere 200 pages is staggering I am certainly interested to read her much longer works to see if she slows down any or if the number of shocks is just exponentializedMy hypothesis for why modern readers have largely lost interest in her bibliography is probably due to her tell rather than show style The imagery is vivid but the style doesn t invite the reader into the experience There s no effort to expand on how exactly a character is feeling when she says they are stupefied by sheer terror The scenes are described using summary rather than a lived through narration Dialogue is a scarce rarity but always pitch perfect when it occursBasically she writes the opposite "of where literary trends are today I don t consider that a bad thing however By avoiding lengthy internalized dramatization "where literary trends are today I don t consider that a bad thing however By avoiding lengthy internalized dramatization allows space for a much longer list of surprising plot elements Had all the scenes in this book been given Stephen King like levels of description it would be 10000 pagesIn any case the pleasure of reading a classic is to depart from modern times and immerse yourself in a bygone era a different style of writing and new realization about what are timeless conflicts Familiar themes of jealousy pride obsession fear corruption family and many others make up a compelling page turner which managed to eep me on the edge of my seat just as it did for audiences who read it 230 years ago. Es of mysterious sights and sounds The origin of these hauntings is only discovered after a series of breathless pursuits through dreamlike pastoral landscapes When revelation finally comes it forces the heroines to challenge the united forces of religious and patriarchal authority. .
REVIEW A Sicilian Romance.
SICILIAN ROMANCE is a tiny Gothic jewel But I m an Ann Radcliffe fangirl so that s just my opinion She s not for everyone I m well aware of this yet I still remember That Moment
When Her Flamboyant Overblown Prose Clicked Inher flamboyant overblown prose clicked in brain I d just begun exporing Old Skool trash literature Radcliffe s MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO was one of 4 that I
Picked Up At Theup at the bookstoreTruthfully I nearly DNF d But after loving the other 3 I decided to give it another chance At first my brain flailed beneath the onslaught of commas semicolons lengthy often ludicrous dialogue the random insertions of poetry that her long suffering oft fainting protagonists are prone to spout when confronted with nature It was like learning a foreign language One page I was slogging along battling the weird commas half afraid I d overstepped my puny powers of comprehension but the next I was hooked A door opened a Versailles like garden was revealed my mental self was frolicking in the gloriously unrepentant Capital G Gothic that Radcliffe is nown for I was completely enthralled I also learned from the scholarly intro footnotes My TBR grew exponentially thanks to other titles authors referenced therein I became familiar with the concept of The Sublime I mulled over the fascination with Catholic rites I began to "identify the duality of terror vs horror I considered the symbolism indirect allusions that must be "the duality of terror vs horror I considered the symbolism indirect allusions that must be to explore Old Skool taboo topics like feminine subjugation literal metaphorical rape violent abuse of power female utopias And most importantly I had fun doing it Why is Gothic so rarely taught outside college speciality courses WHY Stupid canon Anyway Perhaps YOU gentle reader are interested in The Gothic but the prospect of whole page paragraphs extraneous commas is alarming UDOLPHO itself is an intimidating 600 pages So yes I jumped off the deep end In that case please try A SICILIAN ROMANCE Though only Radcliffe s second novel it s a fine sampling of tropes language themes visuals understandable since she practically invented the genre with everything packed into 200 tidy pages Enjoy the politely worded threats of rape fainting virgins noble suitors horrid parents slutty OW clueless servants moldering castles romantic scenery murderous banditti vaulting caverns symbolic battles of masculine vs feminine There s even some poetry tossed in for good measure So there AR isn t perfect sometimes her pacing is wonky plot threads get forgotten or the story jolts with weird anachronisms but she s still one of my favorite authors She new how to write her words flow across the page leapfrogging from beautiful scenery to overwrought gloomth to lolzy sprawling plots Bless you Mother Radcliffe DRACULA UNCLE SILAS THE WOMAN IN WHITE were the others all 4 remain amongst my most beloved reads to this day If only every bookstore binge was so successful Technically that honor belongs to Horace Walpole But AR took his ideas ran with them putting a feminine spin on the terror expanding characters beyond cardboard standups There is a massive difference between reading something for fun and reading something for class This is the second book I have read for my Gothic Literature course and I am having trouble finding the words to describe this book without it sounding like an essayI really enjoyed reading this book purely for the fact that it ept me entertained Gothic Literature back in its day was seen as a popular yet low cultured novel and after reading this book I Naan Curries - Les meilleures recettes indiennes kind ofnow why that was A Sicilian Romance is a plot driven tragedy with twists and turns throughout the whole book You don t need to thi. In A Sicilian Romance 1790 Radcliffe began to forge the uniue mixture of the psychology of terror and poetic description that would make her the great exemplar of the Gothic novel and the idol of the Romantics This early novel explores the cavernous landscapes and labyrinthine pass.