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The Mysteries of Udolpho

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A classic everyone should own!

This is my favorite novel ever! I stumbled across it beacuse Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey" was heavily influenced by this classic book, and name-dropped it several time. This book was instrumental in shaping the modern detective novel, and is drenched in gothic atm...
This is my favorite novel ever! I stumbled across it beacuse Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey" was heavily influenced by this classic book, and name-dropped it several time. This book was instrumental in shaping the modern detective novel, and is drenched in gothic atmosphere. There's mystery, suspense, romance, drama and it's even a travelogue of sorts. It's an ambitious read, but thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding.

posted by Pryde47 on November 2, 2008

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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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  • Posted February 7, 2011

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    Creepy and long but worth it.

    I read this book years ago, and it was very lengthy and drawn out. But overall I enjoyed it. It's a true Gothic novel; seemingly every character has sinister motives. And the locations are all dark and mysterious. One of the great mysteries of the novel isn't explained real well. The nefarious characters are contrasted with truly benevolent people, and they all get their just rewards in the end. This book is helpful to read if you plan on reading Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Ms. Austen references Udolpho often.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    Very Enjoyable

    The first time I ever heard of this book was when I read Jane Austens Northanger Abey. This book plays a role in the other and so I was curious. I found this book very enjoyable and am looking forward to reading more of Radcliffe's novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2004

    The first romantic novel

    The Mysteries of Udolpho is the first romantic novel in which a heroine is the main focus of the book. Written in a time where women had so little control over their own life, Emily attempts and in the end suceeds in getting her hearts content. Like modern day romances, we watch as Emily and Valancourt fight the odds and obstacles to become a couple. The deep descriptions of the Castle of Udolpho add to the books mystery. If you are a modern day romance novel reader I would suggest you read the book that started it all. However, there are pages on pages of description in which modern day readers may find a bit tedicious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2003

    You've heard of it from Jane and here it is...

    The Mysteries of Udolpho! The perfect window on the imagination and reasoning of the 18th century. Holding this thick volume in your hands is like touching a piece of history. How frequently Northanger Abbey alluded to it, how often has one seen a parody of it and not know... The heroine is annoyingly helpless and the hero just as charming. The villain very obligingly quits his villainies on que, and the plot is somewhat predictable. However, if you're one for imagery and scenes of the Alps and Venice so clear you feel as if you've been there - here's the novel for you. The very gothicly romantic nature of it is hard to say 'no' to. The pensive melancholy of gothic architecture and the dynamic spirit of Italian carnivals is enchanting and hard to bid farewell to. You'll want either an oboe or a lute to play and a nice hill with a view on the French campagne to sit upon when you finish with this tale.

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