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Pour entamer ce nouveau genre, Walpole a fait fort en associé plusieurs style de romans. Par moment, on se croirait même dans une pièce de théâtre grotesque ! L'histoire est cependant sympathique même si, parfois, abracadabrantesque (surtout au début).
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Par milem le 31 juillet 2015
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Bien que ce roman ne soit pas écrit en Anglais moderne il se lit assez facilement. L'histoire n'est pas non plus un chef d'oeuvre mais considérant qu'il s'agit du premier roman gothique (ou l'un des premiers), on peut en dire qu'il n'est pas mal.
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Ce petit livre est le premier roman gothique, Walpole a initié le genre et se laisse lire avec plaisir. Un classique pour qui veut découvrir et se divertir.
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un livre complètement oublié, pas une grande oeuvre mais très rapide à lire grâce à une mise en page efficace.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Nick Groom's 2014 Oxford edition of "Otranto" is astonishing. 13 décembre 2014
Par Mike Emery - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This reissue of "The Castle of Otranto" is a much needed updating of the book's supporting material for the 21st century. Groom has read the entire correspondence of Horace Walpole (which runs over 4000 letters, many of them long), and makes brilliant use of them in his new introduction to this book. The 29-page introduction places the novel in terms of the historical Goths, the archaism and sublimity that were all the rage in 1760s Britain, and the religious and political circumstances that led Walpole to write the book. Groom sifts recent scholarship with a profound knowledge of Walpole's life, times, and architectural proclivities. A new bibliography, chronology of Walpole (in paired columns labelled "Life" and "Historical and cultural background"), appendix with "Gothic contexts" (excerpts from other books by Walpole and Richard Hurd), and 20 pages of new explanatory notes on the text all make this edition essential. If you care about this novel, you must have this new edition of it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Dream, a Gigantic Armored Hand in a Castle, and the Rest is History 23 mai 2016
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I first read The Castle of Otranto, in college. It is reputedly the original horror story that caused Bram Stoker to create Dracula. It scared poor British boys so bad they lost sleep. I don't know about that, but I would bet money on the fact that Horace Walpole knew how a good scarey story would take the impressionable Englishmen. Walpole's friend, Thomas Grey wrote to him that his gothic horror story scared the students of Cambridge so much that it made “some of them cry a little, and all in general afraid to go to bed o’ nights.” It was 1765.

So he had this dream... A castle, a staircase, a huge armored glove in a gallery.

Then he sat down and wrote a book that he attributes to fictional character, “William Marshal, gentleman, from the Italian of Onuphro Muralto, canon of the Church of St. Nicholas, at Otranto", which Walpole claims to have found and translated from the original Italian. Dating of the of the story is placed between the first and second Crusade, sometime between 1095 A.D. and 1243 A.D., though the fictional book itself was written in the 1500's. The real book was written in English and printed in 1765.

He had a printing press... Yes, young peanut. Self publishing happened earlier then the twenty first century.

The rest is history. The medieval fantasy / gothic horror franchises had opened their doors for business.

Between the prophecy, the knights and castles, the Crusades, the zealous tyrant, the lost heir, the swooning damsels, the dying hermit, the dead knight returning to reclaim his daughter AND gigantic armor that kills people, well how can you turn that down?

My favorite part was when something terrifying happened, it always happened when the Prince of Otranto was out of the room, but many of his staff and servants saw it. They would run to him, arriving breathlessly to warn him of the danger, then start these long rambling tales. He could switch from one person to the other, trying to figure out what happened and still not understand as they would quiver, lead up to the terror and go off on tangents, etc., until he would explode in anger and finally get off his privileged butt to go see what scared them. Funniest thing. Happens three times.

Murder, mistaken identity, lost heirs, Crusaders, freed slaves, prophecies, big men with swords, saints, chases in burial vaults, secret passages, a runaway Princess, long lost parental units, a feisty priest, and a dying hermit with God on his side, not to mention the gigantic killing armor.

Highly Recommended!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 DO NOT purchase the paperback edition! 13 janvier 2017
Par turningonthelight - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The book itself is average in merit, but the paperback edition listed here is TERRIBLE. Formatting is awful, especially the "illustrations" which were pixelated and blurry, and positioned poorly. I had to buy a physical copy for class, but I was constantly comparing the text to the free copy provided on Project Gutenberg because I didn't trust it, as the cover illustration looks cheap and the graphic design clashes. For the most part it's fine, but at one point, an entire page is blank and the text between it skips two lines of the novel completely. I'm a little concerned about other things I might have missed. Don't bother purchasing this edition from this seller, it's caused too much of a head ache.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Important as historical literature 29 mai 2017
Par Carolyn Osborne - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I got this book for reference when I was doing research for my book, A Perfect Plan, which is set in the 1780s. Castle of Otranto was written about 250 years ago, in the style of that time. As the first Gothic novel, it's important and worth looking at. It is more readable than I expected it to be -
highly dramatic, and kind of fun to read. For readers now, I think its value is more for historical than literary purposes. It is an important book and I'm very grateful to have been able to get it.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't Waste Your Money 14 mars 2017
Par Gina Corsun - Publié sur Amazon.com
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There is no information provided about the author, supposedly a teacher, who prepared annotations. Probably because the quality of this book is too embarrassing. I threw the book away. I have been an English teacher for 26 years. I never throw books away. This book is useless for both teachers and students.
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