The Castle of Otranto

The Castle of Otranto

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On the day of his wedding, Conrad, heir to the house of Otranto, is killed in mysterious circumstances. His calculating father Manfred fears that his dynasty will now come to an end and determines to marry his son's bride himself - despite the fact he is already married. But a series of terrifying supernatural omens soon threaten this unlawful union, as the curse placed on Manfred's ancestor, who usurped the lawful Prince of Otranto, begins to unfold. First published pseudonymously in 1764, purporting to be an ancient Italian text from the time of the crusades, The Castle of Otranto is a founding work of Gothic fiction. With its compelling blend of sinister portents, tempestuous passions and ghostly visitations, it spawned an entire literary tradition and influenced such writers as Ann Radcliffe and Bram Stoker.
Publisher: London : Penguin Group, 2001
ISBN: 9780140437676
0140437673
Branch Call Number: FIC Walpo
Characteristics: xlii, 159 p. --
Additional Contributors: Gamer, Michael

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May 12, 2015

I wasn’t expecting much from this story, I thought it would be a bit flimsy in plot and substance but it’s not exactly a book to ignore when you’re reading through the Gothic classics.
I found myself quite enjoying the story though. Why the women in these novels are always so willing to forgive is beyond me and why they don’t ever expect something bad to happen is incomprehensible but it was over the top fun and a cute romance.

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