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The Mysteries of Udolpho (English Edition) par [Radcliffe, Ann Ward]
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Ann Radcliffe (9 July 1764 – 7 February 1823) was an English author and a pioneer of the Gothic novel. Her style is romantic in its vivid descriptions of landscapes and long travel scenes, yet the Gothic element is obvious through her use of the supernatural. It was her technique of explained Gothicism, the final revelation of inexplicable phenomena, that helped the Gothic novel achieve respectability in the 1790s.

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Ce livre est cité par Jane Austen dans un de ses ouvrages (je ne sais plus lequel, apparemment Northanger Abbey). J'ai trouvé ça assez amusant de lire ce livre, best seller à son époque, et de me mettre dans la peau d'une jeune lectrice redoutant les "horreurs" annoncées, le suspens dont parle Austen elle-même. Car effectivement, c'est un livre où l'on s'horrifie, s'évanouit, perd ses sens à qui mieux mieux, ce qui est assez drôle du coup, car entre le style "horreur" de cette époque et le style "horreur" actuel, il y a un grand pas!!

Le bémol de cet ouvrage, ce sont de très longues descriptions, des passages entiers dédiés aux paysages et autres... Qui parfois endorment un peu. Cependant, ils ont le mérite de nous plonger vraiment dans l'histoire.

J'ai beaucoup apprécié la finesse des personnages, ils ont vraiment un côté "inspirant". De façon générale, on ressort un peu fatigué de la lecture mais heureux, car ce livre vaut effectivement la peine d'être lu malgré les quelques inconvénients qu'il présente.

Je l'ai lu en anglais pour bénéficier de la finesse de l'écriture originale. Cependant je dois dire que la majorité des événements se passe hors d'Angleterre, alors je pense vraiment que vous ne serez pas dépaysé si vous le lisez en français, peut-être même est-il mieux de le lire en français d'ailleurs étant donné qu'une grande partie de l'action se passe en France.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unexpected Gothic Pleasures 2 juillet 2010
Par K. Jacobi - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have been intrigued by this novel for years, but I only knew Udolpho by reputation until I finally read the novel recently. Many studies of Gothic fiction cite Radcliffe's novel as a classic Gothic text, one of the early examples that set the standard for the genre as we now think of it. Scholars of the Female Gothic subgenre in particular point to Udolpho as an early example, mostly due to Emily St. Aubert's perfect turn as the helpless female heroine who became a stock character in early Gothic fiction. Then, of course, I read Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey in a college seminar and imagined Udolpho to be a laugh-worthy, melodramatic, fake horror fest. I can't say there aren't any laughable moments (Emily's poems), or that there isn't melodrama (lots of fainting; the parting scene between Emily and Valancourt at the end of Volume I), or even that there isn't some fake horror (all of the "mysteries" are explained by the novel's close); however, Radcliffe's novel defied my expectations in more ways than it reaffirmed them.

The Oxford World's Classics edition with the introduction by Terry Castle is the only edition I've read, but I recommend it particularly because of the introduction, which I found very interesting and insightful after finishing the novel. One point that Castle makes is that despite the novel's Gothic label, Udolpho is more like "a disconcerting textual hybrid." The multi-generic nature of the novel is one of the features that most surprised me; it takes quite a while for Emily to become imprisoned in Udolpho and what precedes her time there is almost anti-Gothic. Emily has perfect parents and the perfect upbringing, though she begins to suffer relatively early on when her mother dies. After this point, she and her father embark on a long trip across France, described at length by Radcliffe in what Castle terms "a bizarre quasi-travelogue." Here we get super-detailed descriptions of natural scenery and of the innate goodness of the St. Aubert clan. Yes, some of the nature described could be filed under "sublime," and such descriptions are standard in many Gothic texts. They are also standard in many Romantic texts, and while the overlap between those two genres/movements is significant, for some reason the Gothic has been viewed as the dark, popular (ew!) sibling of the (maybe) sunnier (self-satisfied?), high-art-producing Romanticism. While the St. Auberts' innocence and goodness make them prime targets for our evil Italian villains (Montoni, primarily), they do spend a lot of their time happily exploring nature, and even after several tragedies befall her and dampen her spirits (and make her faint a lot), Emily is relatively cheerful at times. In other words, the mood is not always Gothic in the novel; indeed, it's probably Gothic less often than it is something else. And then besides the travel narrative, there are also those poems that Emily composes on a whim, about sea nymphs and weary travelers. Radcliffe also incorporates excerpts from poetry into her prose, along with lines from Shakespeare plays, and she begins each chapter with epigraphs from other works. I think that in many ways, the mixing of genres in the novel ultimately makes it a more interesting and more complex text.

Udolpho is a very long novel (almost 700 pages), but, as an insanely popular best-seller in the late 18th century, Radcliffe's work was apparently quite a page-turner. Even Austen's Henry Tilney admits that after hijacking his younger sister's copy of the novel, he "could not lay down again; I remember finishing it in two days--my hair standing on end the whole time." For modern readers, there's not going to be much in Udolpho that is particularly scary, but Radcliffe does create suspense by introducing mysterious plot elements and not resolving those elements for, literally, hundreds of pages. But because all of those elements are, indeed, resolved, and any potentially supernatural phenomena are explained away, the novel isn't really about scaring the reader at all. Instead, we are invited to witness, as many other reviewers have noted, the coming-of-age of the heroine, as she struggles to overcome her passion and superstition to live a life governed by reason and logic. At the same time, however, I agree with Castle that Radcliffe aims "to reawaken in her readers a sense of the numinous - of invisible forces at work in the world." These forces are not exactly supernatural, though; instead, "Radcliffe represents the human mind itself as a kind of supernatural entity." In this sense, Udolpho is truly a Gothic classic as a result of its interest not in mysterious external forces, but in the way in which the human mind registers such forces, and how it attempts to understand and work through them. The Gothic's preoccupation with human psychology is more often-commented on in response to American Gothic works like Poe's short stories or Female Gothic classics like Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," but I see this as a primary interest of Radcliffe's in Udolpho, as well.

I have given the novel five stars, which reflects my personal enjoyment of the work and my interest in the themes and issues it raises for a reader. It will probably be most well-loved by those interested in Gothic fiction, literature by women, and those who are enamored by lengthy, patient, meticulously-detailed narratives. As a fan of all of those things, I recommend the novel and its introduction very highly.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A slow read, but certainly worth it! 21 septembre 2015
Par Jane - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I may be biased as I'm an English major with a focus in 18th century literature, but I think this is a great book. A very interesting combination of spookiness, romance, and even thrill. Very extensive descriptions of traveling and nature, but certainly of interest. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone looking for a really casual read- unless you're like me, who considers this "a bit of light reading" (*insert Hermione Granger throwing an enormous tome onto a wooden table*). It's a beautiful book if you're willing to put the work into reading it, which I would encourage. It's a fascinating look into the development of horror and 18th century understandings of history- and there are plenty of ghosts and evil villains to keep you happy. Bottom line: a difficult read, but please don't let that stop you!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Her present life appeared like the dream of a distempered imagination... 8 mai 2016
Par HH - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"The Mysteries of Udolpho" is a quintessential Gothic romance, replete with incidents of physical and psychological terror; remote, crumbling castles; seemingly supernatural events; a brooding, scheming villain; and a persecuted heroine. Modern editors point out that only about one-third of the novel is set in the eponymous Gothic castle, and that the tone and style vary markedly between sections of the work. Radcliffe also added extensive descriptions of exotic landscapes in the Pyrenees and Apennines, and of Venice, none of which she visited and for details of which she relied on contemporary travel books, leading to the introduction of several anachronisms. Set in 1584 in southern France and northern Italy, the novel focuses on the plight of Emily St. Aubert, a young French woman who is orphaned after the death of her father. Emily suffers imprisonment in the castle Udolpho at the hands of Signor Montoni, an Italian brigand who has married her aunt and guardian Madame Cheron. Emily's romance with the dashing Valancourt is frustrated by Montoni and others. Emily also investigates the mysterious relationship between her father and the Marchioness de Villeroi, and its connection to the castle at Udolpho. I won't spoil the rest!
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Tedious 24 juillet 2017
Par LucySnowe - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Disclaimer: I haven't read anything 18th century besides this. I read this because I am interested in Gothic literature. Frankenstein is one of the best books i have ever read, because of its overt romanticism and its simple beauty. Shelly tells you how to feel, and you feel it. This was not the case in Udolpho. Pages and pages dragged by devoted to descriptions of yet more mountains and at least one character cried per chapter. Radcliffe told me what to feel and I felt underwhelmed. Certain aspects of the story were beautiful and some of Radcliffe's description was not simply a display of the "sublimity" of various ranges of mountains. This was a very influential novel, however and knowledge about it can be useful in the study of other literature of the approximate period. Jane Austen's Emma satirizes Udolpho and similar stories, for instance. I wouldn't recommend this novel outside of an academic context. I don't regret reading Udolpho, but hopefully my further reading in the Gothic sphere will be more enjoyable.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 This book would make a great movie, I give it that 15 août 2014
Par Carole La Nasa - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I read this book because of the influence it had on Jane Austens writing of, "Northanger Abbey." Being an Austenophile, I was prepared for similarities between these books. Wrong. Ann Ward Radcliffe was a completely different classification of writer. This book would make a great movie, I give it that. However, the descriptive passages of scenery viewed by the travelers were repetitive, ridiculously rhapsodizing and tedious. How many ways can you describe rocks and trees? The main character, Emily, cries over just about anything, although some sadness is valid because of her father's death, Otherwise, the pages are sopping wet over good, bad, ugly and picturesque. Find your spine woman! Embroider a hanky, cease and desist from the incessant tears, near tears, tearing up, or just thinking about tears. As for Udolpho, there is no mystery....it's early gothic, nearly gruesome and most of the incidents are "what if" scenario speculations.

The weird part is, after writing all this is.....I missed the characters after I finished reading the book...so I gave it an extra star on that point alone. Something must have connected.
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