A Sicilian Romance

A Sicilian Romance

Ann Radcliffe / Apr 05, 2020
A Sicilian Romance In A Sicilian Romance Ann Radcliffe began to forge the unique mixture of the psychology of terror and poetic description that would make her the great exemplar of the Gothic novel and the idol o
  • Title: A Sicilian Romance
  • Author: Ann Radcliffe
  • ISBN: 9780192836663
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • In A Sicilian Romance 1790 Ann Radcliffe began to forge the unique mixture of the psychology of terror and poetic description that would make her the great exemplar of the Gothic novel, and the idol of the Romantics This early novel explores the cavernous landscapes and labyrinthine passages of Sicily s castles and convents to reveal the shameful secrets of its all poweIn A Sicilian Romance 1790 Ann Radcliffe began to forge the unique mixture of the psychology of terror and poetic description that would make her the great exemplar of the Gothic novel, and the idol of the Romantics This early novel explores the cavernous landscapes and labyrinthine passages of Sicily s castles and convents to reveal the shameful secrets of its all powerful aristocracy.
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      • Ann Radcliffe

        Ann Radcliffe was an English author, a pioneer of the gothic novel.Radcliffe was born Ann Ward in Holborn At the age of 22, she married journalist William Radcliffe, owner and editor of the English Chronicle, in Bath in 1788 The couple was childless and, to amuse herself, she began to write fiction, which her husband encouraged.She published The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne in 1789 It set the tone for the majority of her work, which tended to involve innocent, but heroic young women who find themselves in gloomy, mysterious castles ruled by even mysterious barons with dark pasts.Her works were extremely popular among the upper class and the growing middle class, especially among young women Her works included A Sicilian Romance 1790 , The Romance of the Forest 1791 , The Mysteries of Udolpho 1794 , and The Italian 1796 She published a travelogue, A Journey Through Holland and the Western Frontier of Germany in 1795.The success of The Romance of the Forest established Radcliffe as the leading exponent of the historical Gothic romance Her later novels met with even greater attention, and produced many imitators, and famously, Jane Austen s burlesque of The Mysteries of Udolpho in Northanger Abbey, as well as influencing the works of Sir Walter Scott.Stylistically, Radcliffe was noted for her vivid descriptions of exotic and sinister locales, though in reality the author had rarely or never visited the actual locations Shy by nature, she did not encourage her fame and abandoned literature as a pursuit.She died on February 7, 1823 from respiratory problems probably caused by pneumonia She was buried in Saint George s Church, Hanover Square in London.

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    1. Ann Radcliffe 1764 1823 was considered the pioneer of gothic literature The Castle of Otranto 1764 by Horace Walpole came first but Radcliffe legitimized the genre by her brilliant use of the supernatural elements and thorough handling of the inexplicable phenomena that, critics said, made readers accept and love gothic works This work, A Sicilian Romance was parodied by Jane Austen in her Northanger Abby Radcliffe influenced not only Austen s works but also those of Charlotte Bronte s Jane Eyre [...]


    2. I am sure that the eagle eyed amongst you are noticing a theme here, but I have wanted to read Radcliffe s work for such a long time, and thought that placing A Sicilian Romance onto my Classics Club list would be a nudge in the right direction First published in 1790, the novel is firmly implanted within the Gothic tradition and veers toward the melodramatic almost from its beginning.As is often the case with my Classics Club reviews, the following blurb of the Oxford World Classics edition ill [...]


    3. The Classics Club Spin spun me A Sicilian Romance,and I m very pleased that it did.I ve always hoped that I would fall in love with Ann Radcliffe s novels, with the coming together of the gothic and the romantic, but I was scared to take the first step and so I needed that spin.It was love, of course it was.The opening chapter was wonderfully readable and it set the stage for what was to come A traveller was struck by a sight on the north coast of Sicily a ruined castle that had clearly once bee [...]


    4. Only part way through this one Oh, how I love gothic romance P.S Wondering what exactly the most common cover picture has to do with the plot I looked it up and it turns out it s a picture of Julia after she was banished to the island you know, after Augustus found out she was sleeping around with just about every other man in Rome, and went all, Family values, my dear on her, even though he was part of one of the most dysfunctional, sex crazy families in history The moment was immortalized two [...]


    5. Julia and Emilia Mazzini are happy with their lot in life Having lost their mother at an early age, they dwell alone in the castle Mazzini, with their governess and companion Madame de Menon to look after them Their father, a marquis, prefers to dwell elsewhere with their brother, Ferdinand, and his new wife, the beautiful but cunning Maria de Vellorno Julia and Emilia have never known another way of life, and so this isolation from society does not chafe them, though Julia the spirited of the [...]


    6. There is a massive difference between reading something for fun and reading something for class This is the second book I have read for my Gothic Literature course and I am having trouble finding the words to describe this book without it sounding like an essay.I really enjoyed reading this book purely for the fact that it kept me entertained Gothic Literature back in its day was seen as a popular yet low cultured novel and after reading this book I kind of know why that was A Sicilian Romance i [...]


    7. Oh, how I enjoy a good gothic story in autumn and winter Although I like the genre I haven t read much of Ann Radcliffe I used to read these kind of novels when I was a teenager, but at the time my English wasn t fluent enough and I had to rely on translations The local bookstore or library didn t have a proper gothic section.So here I am, 25 years after, trying to close the gap between Ms Radcliffe and me She s an excellent storyteller She managed to put a lot into this short novel love, hate, [...]


    8. 2018 Updated rating 2 stars__________________________________________________________Bleurrgg this was pretty terrible the amount of times the main female of the story fainted with fright or swooned with fear is stupid However, this was written in 1790 so even though it s kinda shite by today s standards, back then it was probably the best thing ever soooo.Whatever, 3 stars


    9. Not much to say Except in the Librivox recording I listened to, a cat could be heard in the background of some of the chapters.


    10. I picked up A Sicilian Romance on a whim I d read and enjoyed Udolpho, and I wanted to experience of Radcliffe s work This was a new offering from Librivox, it was relatively short well, compared to Udolpho , and though I didn t know much about it I figured it was worth a try.The first quarter of the novel didn t do much for me Oh, I kept thinking It s a partially run down castle, and a young lady who is in love with one man but being forced to marry another And so on and so forth It seemed lik [...]


    11. I so enjoyed reading this work which just typified Gothic excess at its very best What we have here is the story of Julia and Emelia and their brother Ferdinand, children of the autocratic Marquis Mazzini who is every bit as diabolic a villain as Radcliffe s famous Count Montoni The children are motherless and live in a castle in the same sublime species of landscape as Udolpho which has an entire ruined southern hall which is reputed to be haunted Of course, this is Radcliffe, so we know there [...]


    12. Loved this book After reading and super enjoying Ann Radcliffe s The Romance of the Forest, I had low expectations for Sicilian as it was an earlier book Wow Was I pleasantly surprised Much tighter and less convoluted then romance of the forest, this story really moves Plot was easier to follow Even with all the twists and turns Excellent characters Wonderful villains, wonderful heroes, wonderful women in distress I also love how the story changed from scene to scene in different parts of the co [...]


    13. Ufff, I have done it I have finished it I wasn t sure of this to the end I am sure that I will not read of Ann Radcliffe I can imagine that she was famous and loved in her times Her novels were something new then And I can simply believe that she was extremely popular Nonetheless, two centuries later, a narration, the way she wrote a story is too much boring for me I had to skip many descriptions, otherwise I would not finished this book at all The plot, the adventure, the mystery is interestin [...]


    14. Olaylar n seyri ba m d nd rd A r biraz ama eski bir kitap sonu ta.Julie babas n n onu zorla evlendirmesine g z yummak istemez ve ka ar ama ne ka ma sonunda olaylar birle iyor ve gizli kalm s rlar ortaya k yor.Sevdim ben


    15. The only interesting part was when the father and the priest verbally batted it out, auguring who had the most power over Julia via morality So who had the most power The father or The Father Of course while they argued, she escaped, so the real answer is neither of them.



    16. Terzo romanzo che leggo della Radcliffe Devo con molto rammarico affermare che, dopo le meraviglie del primo che per me fu L italiano, l entusiasmo andato scemando sempre pi Gi leggendo I Misteri di Udolpho avevo notato una certa ripetitivit , difetto che qui trova una conferma definitiva I punti in comune sono davvero troppi per non essere notati Il romanzo gotico deve, per essere definito tale, rispettare dei canoni ben precisi, quando per il tutto si riduce sempre al medesimo schema, diventa [...]





    17. Gotik edebiyat denince akla ilk gelen isimlerden biridir Ann Radcliffe Onun Sicilya da Bir A k Hik yesi A Sicilian Romance adl roman n n da gotik yaz n n de erli rneklerinden biri oldu una phe yok Sicilya k y lar ndaki Mazzini atosu nun duvarlar aras nda saklanan karanl k s rlar ve envai e it s k nt ya kar varl n koruyan bir a k n hik yesini konu edinen kitap, atmosfer yarat m a s ndan doyurucu Ann Radcliffe in genel e ilimi gere i do a st gibi g r nen olaylar mant kl nedenlere ba lan yor Sicily [...]


    18. I sometimes get the impression that people before the Industrial Revolution had a completely different type of cultural consciousness than we moderns do One of the reasons is reading and social science revolving around technology s impact on society, but another that I ve expanding my literary horizons further and further back in history which requires adjusting to very different storytelling paradigms than I m familiar with from most of the fiction I read A good example is this late 18th cent [...]


    19. The story is told by a traveller to Sicily who reads a manuscript about a castle and his inhabitants, the Mazzini family The story is set in he late 1500s After his first wife dies, the cruel marquis of Mazzini, remarries to a beautiful but selfish and vain woman and the couple moves to Naples He brings his son Ferdinand with him but his daughters Julia and Emilia are left at the castle in the care of one of their late mother s relatives The two girls grow up into beautiful, charming and gentle [...]



    20. Like any dedicated Austen fan, I have always been intrigued by the books her characters and especially her heroines read, and Radcliffe s novels stand out among them As a result, many years ago I bought a few of them, determined to round out my knowledge of Austen s world, but am only just now getting around to actually reading them what can I say, I ve been distracted It has been an interesting experience The plot is fun, albeit in a didactic, moralising, I have to justify this whole novel read [...]


    21. This was intriguing and a decent read for the gothic genre, and while I believe that this is supossed to be one of the earliest examples of this style of book, it is not the first one that I ve read I think that I m comparing it to books that had a chance to perfect the genre Anywho, this was still entertaining Classic themes of love, betrayal, evil and innocence I enjoyed the creepiness of the supossed super natural and hauntings However, the plot seemed to drag at times and ending was wrapped [...]


    22. Bandits Fainting maidens in distress Duels to the death Hidden castle passages A Sicilian Romance is the epitome of a classic gothic novel in every way I love this stuff However, Romance was a little too clich d to be completely enjoyable The men were either totally evil or totally heroic and the females were just well, fragile and tending to hysterics Except for the evil step mother, of course but that s a cliche too, isn t it And all the convenient coincidences were a bit much Granted, this wa [...]


    23. Okurken bir an gereksiz karma k ve anlams z uzun c mlelerden dolay bo ulaca m zannettim ama bitirmeyi ba ard m i in mutluyum, gururluyum Gotik roman tarz benlik de ilmi bu okuma deneyiminden onu anlad m S rekli atolarda ve manast rlarda ge en gereksiz ko u turma y z nden bana ilgin gelen ato ve manast r kavramlar n n bile bu gotik roman tarz y z nden itici gelmeye ba lad n s yleyebilirim.


    24. I was both hoping and expecting something better, but considering the fact that Ann Radcliffe was a pioneer of the genre hat s off The novel has everything a Gothic novel should have haunted, old castles, dungeons, dreary passages, gloomy atmosphere, a heroine in danger, forbidden loves, women threatened by evil males, and so forth All in all a pleasant read.


    25. Oh lord Had to read it for a study group Florid Horrid No wit, just melodrama No character development and no study of motivation I do understand this was fashionable when written, but why it fell out of favour.


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