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A Sicilian Romance

Ann Ward Radcliffe

Book Overview: 

A Sicilian Romance is a Gothic novel by Ann Radcliffe. The plot concerns the turbulent history of the fallen aristocrats of the house of Mazzini, on the northern shore of Sicily, as related by a tourist who becomes intrigued by the stories of a monk he meets in the ruins of their doomed castle.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Ferdinand descended a large vaulted hall; he crossed it towards a low arched door, which was left half open, and through which streamed a ray of light. The door opened upon a narrow winding passage; he entered, and the light retiring, was quickly lost in the windings of the place. Still he went on. The passage grew narrower, and the frequent fragments of loose stone made it now difficult to proceed. A low door closed the avenue, resembling that by which he had entered. He opened it, and discovered a square room, from whence rose a winding stair-case, which led up the south tower of the castle. Ferdinand paused to listen; the sound of steps was ceased, and all was profoundly silent. A door on the right attracted his notice; he tried to open it, but it was fastened. He concluded, therefore, that the person, if indeed a human being it was that bore the light he had seen, had passed up the tower. After a momentary hesitation, he determined to ascend the stair-case, but its ru. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I’m finished! I read this for my British Lit class in the spring semester of 2021.

I enjoyed the gothic atmosphere and the haunting beauty and intensity. I also enjoyed the storyline. The flamboyant style of writing is not to my usual taste, but I found it somewhat charming. However, there were time

And they say this is one of her worst books?! Ann Radcliffe was the J.K. Rowling of the late 1700s. She churned out bestsellers so popular they made her the highest paid author for an entire decade. Her atmospheric gothic mystery/romances entranced the reading public similar to how Rowling immersed

A Sicilian Romance is Ann Radcliffe’s second novel. A Gothic Romance Novel with a Castle, crumbling stairs, locked doors and family secrets. We are in a Castle owned by the girl’s father Marquis Mazzini, he is simply barbaric, the castle has many caverns and passages and filled with strange noises,

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 pu

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