The Monk, a masterpieces of gothic literature, set in the Middle Age, where characters are priests, religious authorities who are often involved in dark stories made of corruption, sex and countless temptations.
Matthew Gregory Lewis indeed, managed to write a novel capable to create a burning mix of religion, power, sex and even of fantasy.
It's a very impressive book.
It’s a Gothic novel published in 1796 and considered to be scandalous at the times. It is a long reading but really simple and linear. It makes you grin and smile for the “its ingenuosness” compared with nowadays parameters. I guess a kind of “book-novelas” for those times....Continua
Me ha gustado mucho. Lo mejor de todo es el personaje del monje Ambrosio que se ha convertido en uno de mis villanos favoritos, sin duda es el más salido. Me ha sorprendido lo explícita que es esta novela sexualmente hablando. Además El monje esta repleta de buenas historias y de detalles macabros que harán las delicias de los amantes del género. Muy recomendada para los aficionados al terror gótico....Continua
I liked this book in the beginning, as it seemed to be developing a critical focus on the psychological effects that the sexually supressed lifestyle of the monastery has had on the title character of the book, while yet it was unclear in which direction the story would take this angle, and I was very interested to go on.
But then the ceaseless piling up of plot lines that the book is actually about began. It was a restless narration that didn‘t allow itself to dwell long on any single plot line that had been introduced, but instead brushes them off one after the other and put them in the background of something else that would soon enough be treated in the same way. It felt unsatisfying to read, even if parts of the story were quite good and gripping. Somewhere in the midst of the book there is a ghost story, and at the point when it‘s introduced the book seems finally to be settling on a direction. Until the plot line of the ghost has been tied up and thrown away for the story to go on rolling down a hill, collecting more plot lines as it goes.
Now, to be fair, there are a couple of storylines that remain as the constants throughout the book, but it gradually became impossible for me to care about them with all the other plot elements that are crammed into the narration. In the very last pages of the book a couple of new plot lines are introduced, and one of them is actually meant to somehow tie together some of the things that have gone on in the story. It may possibly be appealing to some readers, but for me it was so far away from the aspect of the story that got me invested in it in the first place that it merely served to finalize the disappointment of the book. Having said that it still feels like everything in the book could have worked on its own if the work around it had been more focused.
In conclusion I just want to add my standard disclaimer that I don‘t like giving low grades to books, and I certainly don‘t care for how the ratings here are piled together, as if accumulatively they have some greater meaning. I just rate books basing on how well they work for me and I am not trying to reflect any universal appraisal of them....Continua
Despite being a little dispersive here and there and even too dismissive in some other passages - the star-crossed romance between Raymond and Agnes would require a book on its own -, The Monk is a great work of fiction, as darig, witty and engaging as only a few novels can be, and neither the passing time nor the changes through which the Gothic narrative has gone since its dawning can obfuscate its beauty and power. Thumbs up....Continua