The Castle of Otranto

A Gothic Story

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First published pseudonymously in 1764, The Castle of Otranto purported to be a translation of an Italian story of the time of the crusades. In it Walpole attempted, as he declared in the Preface to the Second Edition, "to blend the two kinds of rom ...Continua
Ha scritto il 06/04/19
The first gothic novel, but...
I was really disappointed by this book.... I read some extract during high school: they were amazing! But reading the whole novel was not the same. 'The Castle of Otranto' is generally regarded as the first gothic novel... this is true but the novel...Continua
Ha scritto il 13/02/18
Not my favourite but...
I wouldn't have chosen to read this book if it hadn't been "homework" for a book-club. Apart from it being in the "gothic" genre, not my favourite, I found the prose a bit too rich for my taste, with dialogues sometimes dragging on and on. The plot,...Continua
Ha scritto il 30/12/14

Gothic e romanticismo, donzelle e giovani eroi, eventi nefasti e passione. Un classico intramontabile

Ha scritto il 09/09/12
Back to the 1700's

Nice and fast reading with some old English. The book explores how things worked when there were principalities and heirs.

Ha scritto il 21/08/07
An unexpectedly uninteresting Gothic tale
Walpole keeps the promise he makes in his preface: «[...] no bombast, no similies, flowers, digressions, or unnecessary descriptions. Every thing tends directly to the catastrophe.» Yet, a relentless rhythm is of no use if the events rapidly succeedi...Continua

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