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 is only a first draft of a new literary genre that has been completely exploited by writers like Shelly and Stevenson.
To conclude, I'm really ''grateful'' to Walpole but he can't compete with his successors....Continua
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, however, was gripping enough for me to want to know how the story would end, and I also felt an element of empathy with the two female characters, though both are very different from me. This was not, therefore, an unpleasant read....Continua
Nice and fast reading with some old English. The book explores how things worked when there were principalities and heirs.
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 succeeding are dull and insipid (the story starts off with, of all possible things, the materialisation of a giant helmet in a courtyard, and it doesn't really get any better), and no atmospherics are built to redeem them.<br />All that is left for the modern reader to appreciate is its seminal status, which, however, can hardly stir the indifference the narration inspires....Continua