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The Mysteries of Udolpho: A Romance

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

The Best Book I Ever Read

I would greatly recommend The Mysterys of Udalpho, by Ann Radcliffe, to any adult or young adult who loves a suspenseful plot with an added bonus of romance. The Mysterys of Udalpho tells the classic story of good versus evil. The book¿s focus is on a young orphaned her...
I would greatly recommend The Mysterys of Udalpho, by Ann Radcliffe, to any adult or young adult who loves a suspenseful plot with an added bonus of romance. The Mysterys of Udalpho tells the classic story of good versus evil. The book¿s focus is on a young orphaned heroine, Emily St Aubert. Radcliffe does a brilliant job in showing Emily¿s growth physiologically as well as psychologically throughout the book. Emily is held a prisoner at the castle of Udalpho, where it is hard for her to tell reality from fantasy. The constant twists in the plot keep you on the edge of your seat as you are reading. The intricate plot comes together well with an exceptional ending that has you smiling and shaking your head in disbelief.

posted by Anonymous on March 8, 2004

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Disapointing digital copy

Google's digitaization of this classic is at times impossible to decipher the original word. With numbers and various puncuations thrown in place of letters the text finds itself struggling to convey the intended meaning. To truly enjoy this tale look for a better dig...
Google's digitaization of this classic is at times impossible to decipher the original word. With numbers and various puncuations thrown in place of letters the text finds itself struggling to convey the intended meaning. To truly enjoy this tale look for a better digital copy.

posted by Clayr on July 23, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2011

    Exciting but a bit underwhelming

    Written in 1794, Udolpho has served as the prototype for most detective novels and horror stories for the past 200 years. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations, but was still enjoyable. While yes, there were may parts that were genuinely suspenseful and exciting, and Radcliffe did create a masterfully woven mystery that incorporated events and clues from throughout the book. But as a piece of literature, it just seems to lack focus. It was almost like she wanted it to be as exciting as possible, and went out of the way to manufacture extraordinary events that felt simply thrown into the story (mountainous bandit pirates?). At the beginning of the story, Radcliffe's detailed description of landscapes can be extremely excessive, but do taper off towards the end of the book. The most contrived part of the book was the poetry. Now I do adore poetry, but it just did not have a place in this novel. The narration would simply halt to say "here are some lines written by Emily (the heroine)", and then go back to where the story left off. Also, the characters tended to be quite stoic, and never evolved out of the good/evil archetypes. But this novel was not meant to be a detailed analysis of human nature, but a gothic horror story, and it did manage itself quite beautifully to that end. And for a 18th century housewife who never wrote a book until she was thirty, this hefty novel was indeed quite an accomplishment. So one the whole I deem this an indulgent bit of mystery and excitement, but not something that leaves a lasting impression.

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