Mathilda

Mathilda

by Mary Shelley

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Mary Shelley's "Matilda" - suppressed for over a century - tells the story of a woman alienated from society by the incestuous passion of her father.

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ISBN-13: 9781987088014
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 06/14/2019
Pages: 74
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)

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Mathilda 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TooHotty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me why I don't normally read stuff written before 1950, and that reason is because everyone has so many FEELINGS! On the plus side, this book is about sex with your father. Ok, seriously... Basically this book is about a young girl whose mother died at her birth, so her father left in his grief. She was raised by an emotionally distant nurse. All she wanted was affection. Her father came back when she was 16 and conflated his wife and daughter into one person because that's what men do in these novels. She fell in love with him because of lonliness, and then they had sex. He freaks out and kills himself, so SHE freaks out and WANTS to kill herself, but she becomes a hermitess instead, which she FAILS at when she befriends a poet grieving the loss of his fiance. He talks her into trying to live her life, but she dies of consumption right after this revelation OOPS! You couldn't get more Lifetime Original if you added an eating disorder and breast cancer. While Mary Shelley's language is flowery and poetic as ever, the story never goes beyond a shallow (yet overwrought) examination of the pathos Mathilda suffers. On the plus side, it's a quick read (being a novella and all) and the cover's a neat shade of purple. It's also got a neat history, as her father refused to publish it when it was written due to how autobiographically it could be construed. So... you decide.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated it. She must have been brain damaged at birth (or so her story suposed) if her entire life rested on her love for her demented and selfish father. I strugled through it to the end to see if the character would come to her senses, instead of wallowing in perpetual self pity.
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