Romanzo siciliano

Romanzo siciliano In A Sicilian Romance Radcliffe began to forge the unique mixture of the psychology of terror and poetic description that would make her the great exemplar of the Gothic novel and the idol of th

  • Title: Romanzo siciliano
  • Author: Ann Radcliffe Rita Bernini
  • ISBN: 9788838907210
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • In A Sicilian Romance 1790 Radcliffe began to forge the unique mixture of the psychology of terror and poetic description that would make her the great exemplar of the Gothic novel, and the idol of the Romantics This early novel explores the cavernous landscapes and labyrinthine passages of Sicily s castles and convents to reveal the shameful secrets of its all powerfulIn A Sicilian Romance 1790 Radcliffe began to forge the unique mixture of the psychology of terror and poetic description that would make her the great exemplar of the Gothic novel, and the idol of the Romantics This early novel explores the cavernous landscapes and labyrinthine passages of Sicily s castles and convents to reveal the shameful secrets of its all powerful aristocracy Julia and Emilia Mazzini live secluded in an ancient mansion near the straits of Messina After their father s return to the island a neglected part of the house is haunted by a series of mysterious sights and sounds The origin of these hauntings is only discovered after a series of breathless pursuits through dreamlike pastoral landscapes When revelation finally comes, it forces the heroines to challenge the united forces of religious and patriarchal authority.

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    1. Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) was considered the pioneer of gothic literature. The Castle of Otranto (1764) by Horace Walpole came first but Radcliffe legitimized the genre by her brilliant use of the supernatural elements and thorough handling of the inexplicable phenomena that, critics said, made readers accept and love gothic works. This work, A Sicilian Romance was parodied by Jane Austen in her Northanger Abby. Radcliffe influenced not only Austen’s works but also those of Charlotte Bronte’ [...]

    2. I am sure that the eagle-eyed amongst you are noticing a theme here, but I have wanted to read Radcliffe’s work for such a long time, and thought that placing A Sicilian Romance onto my Classics Club list would be a nudge in the right direction. First published in 1790, the novel is firmly implanted within the Gothic tradition and veers toward the melodramatic almost from its beginning.As is often the case with my Classics Club reviews, the following blurb of the Oxford World Classics edition [...]

    3. The Classics Club Spin spun me A Sicilian Romance,and I’m very pleased that it did.I’ve always hoped that I would fall in love with Ann Radcliffe’s novels, with the coming together of the gothic and the romantic, but I was scared to take the first step and so I needed that spin.It was love, of course it was.The opening chapter was wonderfully readable and it set the stage for what was to come. A traveller was struck by a sight on the north coast of Sicily: a ruined castle that had clearly [...]

    4. Only part way through this one. Oh, how I love gothic romance. P.S. Wondering what exactly the most common cover picture has to do with the plot. I looked it up and it turns out it's a picture of Julia after she was banished to the island (you know, after Augustus found out she was sleeping around with just about every other man in Rome, and went all, "Family values, my dear!" on her, even though he was part of one of the most dysfunctional, sex-crazy families in history. The moment was immortal [...]

    5. Julia and Emilia Mazzini are happy with their lot in life. Having lost their mother at an early age, they dwell alone in the castle Mazzini, with their governess and companion Madame de Menon to look after them. Their father, a marquis, prefers to dwell elsewhere with their brother, Ferdinand, and his new wife, the beautiful but cunning Maria de Vellorno. Julia and Emilia have never known another way of life, and so this isolation from society does not chafe them, though Julia (the more spirited [...]

    6. 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 purely for the fact that it kept me entertained. Gothic Literature back in its day was seen as a popular yet low-cultured novel and after reading this book I kind of know why that was. A Sicilian Romanc [...]

    7. Oh, how I enjoy a good gothic story in autumn and winter!Although I like the genre I haven't read much of Ann Radcliffe. I used to read these kind of novels when I was a teenager, but at the time my English wasn't fluent enough and I had to rely on translations. The local bookstore or library didn't have a proper gothic section.So here I am, 25 years after, trying to close the gap between Ms Radcliffe and me. She's an excellent storyteller. She managed to put a lot into this short novel: love, h [...]

    8. (2018) Updated rating: 2 stars__________________________________________________________Bleurrgg this was pretty terrible the amount of times the main female of the story "fainted with fright" or "swooned with fear" is stupid. However, this was written in 1790 so even though it's kinda shite by today's standards, back then it was probably the best thing ever soooo.Whatever, 3 stars * * *

    9. Not much to say. Except in the Librivox recording I listened to, a cat could be heard in the background of some of the chapters. :)

    10. I picked up A Sicilian Romance on a whim. I'd read and enjoyed Udolpho, and I wanted to experience more of Radcliffe's work. This was a new offering from Librivox, it was relatively short (well, compared to Udolpho), and though I didn't know much about it I figured it was worth a try.The first quarter of the novel didn't do much for me. "Oh," I kept thinking. "It's a partially run-down castle, and a young lady who is in love with one man but being forced to marry another." And so on and so forth [...]

    11. I so enjoyed reading this work which just typified Gothic excess at its very best. What we have here is the story of Julia and Emelia and their brother Ferdinand, children of the autocratic Marquis Mazzini who is every bit as diabolic a villain as Radcliffe's more famous Count Montoni. The children are motherless and live in a castle (in the same sublime species of landscape as Udolpho) which has an entire ruined southern hall which is reputed to be haunted. Of course, this is Radcliffe, so we k [...]

    12. Loved this book! After reading and super enjoying Ann Radcliffe's The Romance of the Forest, I had low expectations for Sicilian as it was an earlier book. Wow! Was I pleasantly surprised! Much tighter and less convoluted then romance of the forest, this story really moves! Plot was easier to follow Even with all the twists and turns. Excellent characters… Wonderful villains, wonderful heroes, wonderful women in distress. I also love how the story changed from scene to scene in different parts [...]

    13. Ufff, I have done it. I have finished it. I wasn't sure of this to the end. I am sure that I will not read more of Ann Radcliffe. I can imagine that she was famous and loved in her times. Her novels were something new then. And I can simply believe that she was extremely popular. Nonetheless, two centuries later, a narration, the way she wrote a story is too much boring for me. I had to skip many descriptions, otherwise I would not finished this book at all. The plot, the adventure, the mystery [...]

    14. Olayların seyri başımı döndürdü:) Ağır biraz ama eski bir kitap sonuçta.Julie babasının onu zorla evlendirmesine göz yummak istemez ve kaçar ama ne kaçma sonunda olaylar birleşiyor ve gizli kalmış sırlar ortaya çıkıyor.Sevdim ben

    15. The only interesting part was when the father and the priest verbally batted it out, auguring who had the most power over Julia via morality. So who had the most power? The father or The Father? Of course while they argued, she escaped, so the real answer is neither of them.

    16. Terzo romanzo che leggo della Radcliffe. Devo con molto rammarico affermare che, dopo le meraviglie del primo che per me fu L’italiano, l'entusiasmo è andato scemando sempre più. Già leggendo I Misteri di Udolpho avevo notato una certa ripetitività, difetto che qui trova una conferma definitiva. I punti in comune sono davvero troppi per non essere notati. Il romanzo gotico deve, per essere definito tale, rispettare dei canoni ben precisi, quando però il tutto si riduce sempre al medesimo [...]

    17. Gotik edebiyat denince akla ilk gelen isimlerden biridir Ann Radcliffe. Onun "Sicilya'da Bir Aşk Hikâyesi" (A Sicilian Romance) adlı romanının da gotik yazının değerli örneklerinden biri olduğuna şüphe yok. Sicilya kıyılarındaki Mazzini Şatosu'nun duvarları arasında saklanan karanlık sırları ve envaiçeşit sıkıntıya karşı varlığını koruyan bir aşkın hikâyesini konu edinen kitap, atmosfer yaratımı açısından doyurucu. Ann Radcliffe'in genel eğilimi gereği d [...]

    18. I sometimes get the impression that people before the Industrial Revolution had a completely different type of cultural consciousness than we moderns do. One of the reasons is reading more and more social science revolving around technology's impact on society, but another that I've expanding my literary horizons further and further back in history which requires adjusting to very different storytelling paradigms than I'm familiar with from most of the fiction I read. A good example is this late [...]

    19. The story is told by a traveller to Sicily who reads a manuscript about a castle and his inhabitants, the Mazzini family. The story is set in he late 1500s. After his first wife dies, the cruel marquis of Mazzini, remarries to a beautiful but selfish and vain woman and the couple moves to Naples. He brings his son Ferdinand with him but his daughters Julia and Emilia are left at the castle in the care of one of their late mother's relatives. The two girls grow up into beautiful, charming and gen [...]

    20. Το δεύτερο βιβλίο της Ann Radcliffe και μπορώ να πω και η πρώτη της ολοκληρωμένη συγγραφική προσπάθεια. Σε αυτό εδώ όλα τα μαγικά συστατικά που χρησιμοποιούσε τότε για να μαγέψει το αναγνωστικό της κοινό βρίσκονται σε πλήρη ανάπτυξη. Οι πανέμορφες περιγραφές των τοπίων, η αντίστ [...]

    21. Like any dedicated Austen fan, I have always been intrigued by the books her characters—and especially her heroines—read, and Radcliffe's novels stand out among them. As a result, many years ago I bought a few of them, determined to round out my knowledge of Austen's world, but am only just now getting around to actually reading them (what can I say, I've been distracted). It has been an interesting experience. The plot is fun, albeit in a didactic, moralising, 'I have to justify this whole [...]

    22. This was intriguing and a decent read for the gothic genre, and while I believe that this is supossed to be one of the earliest examples of this style of book, it is not the first one that I've read I think that I'm comparing it to books that had a chance to perfect the genre. Anywho, this was still entertaining. Classic themes of love, betrayal, evil and innocence. I enjoyed the creepiness of the supossed super natural and hauntings. However, the plot seemed to drag at times and ending was wrap [...]

    23. Bandits! Fainting maidens in distress! Duels to the death! Hidden castle passages! “A Sicilian Romance” is the epitome of a classic gothic novel in every way. I love this stuff. However, “Romance” was a little too clichéd to be completely enjoyable. The men were either totally evil or totally heroic and the females were just… well, fragile and tending to hysterics. Except for the evil step-mother, of course but that's a cliche too, isn't it. And all the convenient coincidences were a [...]

    24. Okurken bir an gereksiz karmaşık ve anlamsız uzun cümlelerden dolayı boğulacağım zannettim ama bitirmeyi başardığım için mutluyum, gururluyum. :) Gotik roman tarzı benlik değilmiş bu okuma deneyiminden onu anladım. Sürekli şatolarda ve manastırlarda geçen gereksiz koşuşturma yüzünden bana ilginç gelen şato ve manastır kavramlarının bile bu gotik roman tarzı yüzünden itici gelmeye başladığını söyleyebilirim.

    25. I was both hoping and expecting something better, but considering the fact that Ann Radcliffe was a pioneer of the genre hat's off! The novel has everything a Gothic novel should have: haunted, old castles, dungeons, dreary passages, gloomy atmosphere, a heroine in danger, forbidden loves, women threatened by evil males, and so forth. All in all a pleasant read.

    26. Oh lord Had to read it for a study group. Florid. Horrid. No wit, just melodrama. No character development and no study of motivation. I do understand this was fashionable when written, but why it fell out of favour .

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