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Melmoth the Wanderer - Volume 2

Charles Robert Maturin

Book Overview: 

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: 
. . .I kissed the sacred image (with lips wandering from the darkness) with more emotion than I had ever felt when I saw it illuminated by the blaze of tapers, amid the elevation of the Host, the tossing of the perfumed censers, the gorgeous habits of the priests, and the breathless prostration of the faithful. I had other occupations less dignified, but quite as necessary. The reptiles, who filled the hole into which I had been thrust, gave me opportunity for a kind of constant, miserable, ridiculous hostility. My mat had been placed in the very seat of warfare;—I shifted it,—still they pursued me;—I placed it against the wall,—the cold crawling of their bloated limbs often awoke me from my sleep, and still oftener made me shudder when awake. I struck at them;—I tried to terrify them by my voice, to arm myself against them by the help of my mat; but above all, my anxiety was ceaseless to defend my bread from their loathsome incursions. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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 pa

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 Aeneid.

"The life of the happy is all hopes--that of the unfortunate all memory."

This beast of a book has been applauded as being right up there with "Frankenstein" as the pinnacle of the gothic era. I might agree.

Now, I've tried and tried to give Gothic romances a fair shake, especially considering that

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 περιπλανιεται

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 Κα

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 someone wh

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