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#2016ClassicsChallenge: WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 | Leave a comment

#2016ClassicsChallenge: WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë

  Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland...

#2016ClassicsChallenge: THE PRIVATE MEMOIRS AND CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER by James Hogg

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 | Leave a comment

#2016ClassicsChallenge: THE PRIVATE MEMOIRS AND CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER by James Hogg

  Set in early eighteenth-century Scotland, the novel recounts the corruption of a boy of strict Calvinist parentage by a mysterious stranger under whose influence he commits a series of murders. The stranger assures the boy that no sin can affect the salvation of an elect person. The reader, while recognizing the stranger as Satan, is prevented by the subtlety of the novel’s structure from finally deciding whether, for all his vividness and wit, he is more than a figment of the boy’s imagination.   I’ve been taking part in the 2016 Classics Challenge, hosted by Stacey of The Pretty Books. So far this year I’ve read: Dracula The...

#2016ClassicsChallenge: FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 | Leave a comment

#2016ClassicsChallenge: FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

  At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.   Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of...

#2016ClassicsChallenge: GREAT TALES OF HORROR by H.P. Lovecraft

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 | Leave a comment

#2016ClassicsChallenge: GREAT TALES OF HORROR by H.P. Lovecraft

  H.P. Lovecraft wrote horror stories like no other author before of after him. In the pages of Weird Tales and other pulp-fiction magazines of the 1920s and ’30s, Lovecraft pioneered a new type of story that fused the thrills of supernatural horror with the visionary concepts of science fiction. His unique style of cosmic horror revolutionized the modern horror tale through its depiction of a vast universe indifferent to human existence and populated by incomprehensibly alien monsters. This volume collects twenty of Lovecraft’s best-known horror stories, including several that laid the foundation for the Cthulhu Mythos, a pattern of myth and lore...

#2016ClassicsChallenge: UNCLE SILAS by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 | Leave a comment

#2016ClassicsChallenge: UNCLE SILAS by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

  In Uncle Silas, Maud Ruthyn, the young, naïve heroine, is plagued by Madame de la Rougierre from the moment the enigmatic older woman is hired as her governess. A liar, bully, and spy, when Madame leaves the house, she takes her dark secret with her. But when Maud is orphaned, she is sent to live with her Uncle Silas, her father’s mysterious brother and a man with a scandalous – even murderous – past. And, once again, she encounters Madame, whose sinister role in Maud’s destiny becomes all too clear. With its subversion of reality and illusion, and its exploration of fear through the use of mystery and the supernatural, Uncle Silas shuns...