Castle of Otranto [Christmas Summary Classics] [NOOK Book]

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About The Book-Horace Walpole, the third son of Sir Robert Walpole, was ...
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Christmas Summary Classics
This series contains summary of Classic books such as Emma, Arne, Arabian Nights, Pride and prejudice, Tower of London, Wealth of Nations etc. Each book is specially crafted after reading complete book in less than 30 pages. One who wants to get joy of book reading especially in very less time can go for it.

About The Book-Horace Walpole, the third son of Sir Robert Walpole, was born in 1717. After finishing his education at Eton and Cambridge, he travelled abroad for some years, principally in Italy, where he seems to have acquired those tastes for which he afterwards became so well known. He returned to England in 1741, and took his seat in parliament, but he had no taste for politics, and six years later he purchased a piece of ground near Twickenham, and made the principal occupation of his life the erection and decoration of his famous mansion--"Strawberry. Hill." "The Castle of Otranto" appeared in 1764. It was described as a "Gothic Story translated by William Marshal Gent, from the original Italian of Onuphrio Muralto, Canon of the Church of St. Nicholas at Otranto." But, emboldened by the success of the work, Walpole in the second edition acknowledged that he himself was the author. The theme of the story was suggested to him by a dream, of which he said, "All I could recover was that I thought myself in an ancient castle, and that on the uppermost baluster of a great staircase I saw a gigantic hand in armour. In the evening I sat down and began to write without knowing in the least what I intended to relate." The tale was the precursor of a whole series of Gothic romances, and for fifty years afterwards English readers were afforded an unfailing supply of the supernatural and the horrible. A more important if less direct achievement of Walpole's was that by "The Castle of Otranto" he heralded the romantic revival that culminated in the masterpieces of Scott. Walpole died on March 2, 1797.

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  • BN ID: 2940149828234
  • Publisher: Kartindo Publishing House
  • Publication date: 7/21/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 17 KB

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

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    'Entertainingly warped morality'... I began reading this book

    'Entertainingly warped morality'...

    I began reading this book as research for a Regency romance I was writing that contained references to Gothic novels. I realised although I thought I had the concept of a Gothic novel, the ones I've read previously ('Frankenstein' and 'Wuthering Heights') are deemed Gothic by virtue of their narrative structure, rather than the actual content. 'The Castle of Otranto' would, I thought, be a 'proper' Gothic novel.

    Well, initially I thought I wouldn't persevere with it as the start is just ridiculous but I began to find the story strangely compelling and the characterisation and dialogue very funny. The problem I find in reviewing this book is that I couldn't take it seriously - I think it's hard for a modern Western reader to entertain the notion that the author's intention in writing this book could ever have been serious.

    What I loved most about 'The Castle of Otranto' was the warped morality. The story centres around Manfred's decision to divorce his current wife and marry a younger woman. Manfred is just an egotistical brute but it's very funny when the narrator's voice intervenes -quite frequently- to assure us that Manfred isn't really that bad! Also, the total lack of speech marks or paragraphing to indicate who's speaking just adds to the comedy of reading the story as you often get lost in the dialogue.

    Overall, I'm awarding 3 stars because I found the book entertaining. If you're inquisitive about the Gothic novel and you're not intent upon taking 'The Castle of Otranto' too seriously, it's worth a read.

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  • Posted November 9, 2008

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    If it's good enough for Jane ....

    If you want to get an idea of what titillated readers like Jane Austen then delve into this book. This tale is sure to make modern readers stop and gape at the over dramatic moments of greed, horror, and ghosts but none the less it's still an intriguing look into a different time period in our literary past. Although, if while reading it you can't help but overlay a scene out of one of Shakespeare's comedies, falsetto voices et al .... don't worry your not alone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    Not my favorite by far

    As one of the most famous Gothic novels, I expected much more, but the flat characters and the way in which particular happenings were described belittled the story and made it seem rather silly. I would describe it as a mix between Hamlet and Beowulf. Other Gothic Romances are much more sucessful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

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    Scan of this to convolvted for me,

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    Posted April 28, 2014

    Alex 2 brady

    Brings u 2 se<_>xy res 4

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Jake

    I wanna buy the girl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Lane post

    She sits back relieved she wasnt bought. She tried to cover her crotch with two hands but forgot to cover her bo<_>obs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Master

    He's all yours. *Walks away.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Seth

    Laughs d walks away

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Agreed. It is illegible. Sometimes the f=f and sometimes the f=s

    Agreed. It is illegible. Sometimes the f=f and sometimes the f=s along with many other jumbled letters and symbols that make it impossible to read. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Headmaster Roy

    "Your would be killer is a welp."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Brady

    Okay.

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    Posted October 26, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Unreadable

    This is illegible... if that's the right term. It's a jumble of letters and symbols.

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