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The Monk
     

The Monk

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by Matthew Lewis, Emma McEvoy, Howard Anderson
 

ISBN-10: 0192833944

ISBN-13: 9780192833945

Pub. Date: 02/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

A gothic masterpiece of sheer sensationalism that explores sexual desire and abuse of power.

Savaged by critics for its blasphemy and obscenity, The Monk shows the diabolical decline of Ambrosio, a worthy Capuchin superior who is tempted by Matilda--a young girl who has entered his monastery disguised as a boy--and eventually succumbs to magic, murder

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A gothic masterpiece of sheer sensationalism that explores sexual desire and abuse of power.

Savaged by critics for its blasphemy and obscenity, The Monk shows the diabolical decline of Ambrosio, a worthy Capuchin superior who is tempted by Matilda--a young girl who has entered his monastery disguised as a boy--and eventually succumbs to magic, murder, incest, and torture. A brilliant examination of violent and erotic impulses, The Monk was greatly admired by the Marquis de Sade, as well as Byron, Poe, Flaubert, Hawthorne, and Emily Bronte.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192833945
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi(1)
Introduction vii(24)
Note on the Text xxxi(4)
Select Bibliography xxxv(2)
A Chronology of Matthew Gregory Lewis xxxvii
THE MONK
1(442)
Explanatory Notes 443

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The Monk 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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This novel is both intriguing and disturbing at the same time. Ambrosio's character is one to be pitied and learned from. His one fatal flaw-hubris-ultimately led to his downfall. Following his descention into hell is a most disturbing experience for the reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Monk' has all the elements of a good adventure, including good twists and the ability to shock and surprise, which I did not expect for a book written in 1796. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Monk' starts out slow, but once you get into it it takes you on a whirlwind of vanity, piousness, deception and the failings of humanity while at the same time leaves you with faith for the greater good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. The beginning is a little slow, but once the plot falls into place the ending will shock you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was an interesting book, however by reading simply the back cover all was to predictable, except for Matilda.