Every year I try to read as many Classics as possible, spacing from Victorian Literature to Gothic Novels, from French Literature to Russian Literature, to world-renowned Classics to little known ones.
Never less than 12 Classics a year, which in my opinion isn’t that much.
This year is made it my goal to read my way through all of Jane Austen’s works and some creepy Gothic Novels such as The Monk by M. G. Lewis, Uncle Silas by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, and Vathek by William Beckford, but my eyes is prone to wanderings and I keep finding stuff I want to read. When that happens, I rely on audiobooks to listen to while doing house- and garden-work, thus squeezing in the daily extra hour.
How short a period often reverses the character of our sentiments, rendering that which yesterday we despised, today desirable.
Author: Ann Radcliffe
Release Date: 1790
Genre: Gothic, Classics
Reader: Betsie Bush
On the rocky northern shores of Sicily stands a lonely castle, the home of the aristocratic Mazzini family. The marquis of Mazzini has remarried and gone away to live with his new wife, abandoning his two daughters – sweet-natured Emilia and lively, imaginative Julia – to wander the labyrinthine corridors alone. His only involvement with their lives is to arrange a marriage between Julia and the cruel Duke de Luovo, even though she loves another.
But that is not the end of Julia’s troubles. Strange lights and unearthly groaning noises are coming from parts of the castle that have been locked up for years. Is it occupied by some terrible supernatural power? Or do even darker secrets lie within its depths
I do love gothic novels and A Sicilian Romance, written by the pioneer of Gothic Literature, Ann Radcliffe, is the epitome of a classic gothic novel in every way, what with all the hidden passages and moaning and groaning ghosts, bandits and fainting maidens in distress. Oh, and the duels to the death!
Not for nothing it’s featured on the Goodreads list of Best Gothic Books Of All Time, alongside Wilkie Collins works and my all time favourite Dracula by Bram Stoker.
Written with haunting accuracy and riddled by elegant descriptions and beautifully crafted imagery, it makes for an excellent and very entertaining late-night listening/reading experience.
While it’s certainly a classic that’s woth to be read, it’s undeniable, though, that in terms of study of motivation (thing just happen for the sake of the story) there are a float of better books out there.
Wisdom or accident, at length, recall us from our error, and offers to us some object capable of producing a pleasing, yet lasting effect, which effect, therefore, we call happiness. Happiness has this essential difference from what is commonly called pleasure, that virtue forms its basis, and virtue being the offspring of reason, may be expected to produce uniformity of effect.
DID YOU KNOW…?
…Radcliffe’s novels stand out among the many books read by Jane Austen’s characters like Catherine Morland and Isabella Thorpe (Northanger Abbey), and Harriet Smith (Emma);