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The Monkby Matthew Lewis, Emma McEvoy, Howard Anderson
Pub. Date: 02/28/1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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/i>
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.
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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.
'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.
'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.
This book was great. The beginning is a little slow, but once the plot falls into place the ending will shock you.
this was an interesting book, however by reading simply the back cover all was to predictable, except for Matilda.