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Melmoth the Wanderer - Volume 1

Charles Robert Maturin

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One of the first horror novels, it tells the story of Melmoth, who sells his soul so he could have an extended life. Throughout the novel, he wanders around the world in search of someone who would replace him and lift his curse. It is known for its many sub-plots, the true horror it makes one feel, and its criticism of the Catholic church. This is certainly one of the most important books of all times, quoted in countless other works, and praised by authors and critics alike.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .with thistles, and tenanted by pigs), when his honor called to her to lock the door, (his honor was always keen about locking the doors early); she was hastening to do so, when he snatched the key from her, swearing at her, (for he was always very keen about locking the doors, though the locks were so bad, and the keys so rusty, that it was always like the cry of the dead in the house when the keys were turned);—that she stood aside for a minute, seeing he was angry, and gave him the key, when she heard him utter a scream, and saw him fall across the door-way;—that she hurried to raise him, hoping it was a fit;—that she found him stiff and stretched out, and called for help to lift him up;—that then people came from the kitchen to assist;—that she was so bewildered and terrified, she hardly knew what was done or said; but with all her terror remembered, that as they raised him up, the first sign of life he gave was lifting up his . . . Read More

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This had been sitting on my shelf to read for some time now, for some reason it never felt like the time. Most of the classic fiction I have read has been in much shorter form and I was quite intimidated by this Gothic epic that I worried might be quite hard work. After completing it, it did feel...more

Where do I begin with this one? To say I've been working on it thirty years plus would be bragging. I first encountered Melmoth in HP Lovecraft's Supernatural Horror in Literature, where he praised it to the rafters. I spent a summer working as a delivery man while in college, so I read the first...more

There's an old story told by Ezra Pound--I believe it can be found either in "The ABC of Reading" or "From Confucius to Cummings"--about a retired sea captain, determined to improve his primary school Latin, who was tasked by his tutor (the local vicar or schoolmaster) with reading Vergil's Aenei...more

Considerato un capolavoro della letteratura gotica, Melmoth l’errante è un romanzo che racchiude in sé avventura, amore, gli orrori dell’Inquisizione e una feroce critica del cattolicesimo in un susseguirsi di racconti legati tra loro dalla misteriosa figura di Melmoth, personificazione del Male...more

Melmoth the Wanderer was definitely my kind of gothic novel. It was dark and sinister, often ghastly, and overwhelmingly elegant. Melmoth is a protagonist you won’t soon forget.

One complaint: 660 pages? Really, publisher?? You couldn’t possibly have added 6 more pages, perhaps by way of an af...more

Τι εγραψε ο ανθρωπος;!

Ενα γοτθικο μυθιστορημα του Ιρλανδου Maturin! Αδιαμφισβητητη η συγγραφικη του δεινοτητα. Οι γνωσεις του κ η μορφωση του διαφαινονται σε ολο το κειμενο. (αν κ ειχε πολλες παραπομπες, γνωμικα κτλ.)

Τον Μελμοθ τον λατρεψα! Ενας υπηρετης του διαβολου. Ενας ηρωας που περιπλανιε...more

Ο Maturin,ένας Ιρλανδός εκκεντρικός κληρικός έγραψε αυτό το βιβλίο γοτθικού ρομαντισμού το 1820.

"Μέλμοθ ο περιπλανώμενος", μια ιστορία που συντίθεται απο πολλές άλλες ιστορίες και όλες μαζί σχηματίζουν ένα ενιαίο σύνολο που ορίζει την μετάλλαξη, τη μοναξιά και το Κακό σε απόλυτη απομόνωση απο το...more

Melmoth the Wanderer, Charles Robert Maturin
Melmoth the Wanderer is an 1820 Gothic novel by Irish playwright, novelist and clergyman Charles Maturin. The novel's title character is a scholar who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for 150 extra years of life, and searches the world for s...more

Μετά από μια όμορφη συνανάγνωση στην Λέσχη του Βιβλίου, τελείωσε ο Μέλμοθ...

Θεωρώ πως είναι ένα καλό γοτθικό μυθιστόρημα το οποίο όμως αν ήταν 300 σελίδες λιγότερο θα ήταν ακόμα πιο δυνατό.
Το βιβλίο ουσιαστικά είναι ιστορίες μέσα σε ιστορίες οι οποίες έχουν σαν κεντρικό χαρακτήρ...more

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