Matilda I gained his secret and we were both lost for ever Mary Shelley s dark story of a bereaved man s disturbing passion for his daughter was suppressed by her own father and not published for over a cent

  • Title: Matilda
  • Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • ISBN: 9780241251874
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • I gained his secret and we were both lost for ever Mary Shelley s dark story of a bereaved man s disturbing passion for his daughter was suppressed by her own father, and not published for over a century.

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    1. Mary Shelley is exceedingly famous as the author of Frankenstein, but this work isn't known at all and wasn't even published until 1959. With good reason. The story is that Mathilda's father leaves England after the death of his wife and doesn't return until she is 16 whereupon he falls in love with her. He confesses it to her and then kills himself. (view spoiler)[ No hot incestuous sex scenes here, this isn't a book by Virginia Andrews) (hide spoiler)]. Mathilda is consumed with unhappiness an [...]

    2. Read my full review here: virtualmargin/2011/08/mathilda-34100mlThis may be one of the most Romantic books I've ever read. Romantic with a big R, not a little one. It's so packed full of feelings, melodramatic dialogues, and rainy moors, you'll be convinced Lord Byron is standing directly behind you.In Mathilda, the title character narrates from her deathbed the tragic story of her life. Having lost her mother at birth, her father leaves her in the care of a cold aunt and disappears for 16 years [...]

    3. This was an interesting little novella (or short story? I don't know), about a woman called Matilda whose life is turned upside down as a result of her father's inappropriate obsession with her. As expected, the writing is beautiful - Mary Shelley truly has a way with words! It took me a while to get into the flow of this, being out of practice with classics, but I did love how melodramatic the character's conversations became! However, I felt it dragged a little in the second half, and it was u [...]

    4. Depois de ter lido "Frankenstein" tinha curiosidade em ler outras obras de Mary Shelley. No seu clássico de terror a sua escrita parece ser mais científica. Mas nesta novela demonstra ser uma poetisa. As descrições que faz de Inglaterra são maravilhosas. E me encanta muito o modo como transmite as emoções contraditórias de Mathilda.Não é uma leitura fácil, pode se tornar um pouco desagradável. A relação entre pai e filha é um pouco estranha. Mas entende-se que existe uma grande cu [...]

    5. A book written in 19th century romantic style. Very embellished language. It's a story about love and despair; about longing for passion ( which is surpressed) and longing for death. Although it's beautifully written; it couldn't really grip me.

    6. Supposedly this book was suppressed by Mary Shelley's father because it deals with a widowed father's sexual attraction to his teenage daughter. And maybe that's true. Personally I think he suppressed it because it was a really weak book. Just 150 pages of yammering about guilt, no scenes, almost no dialogue, no psychological insight into why a man reunited after 16 years with a daughter who looks like his beloved dead wife might struggle with attraction. It's a bad sign when a whole book on the [...]

    7. Read August 2016Update: giving it two stars. I loved Frankenstein and part of me feels like I should have liked this as well, but honestly, I didn't The writing was alright and the story could have been too, but I was just so bored and the littlest things got me distracted whilest reading.t sure how i feel about it yet

    8. Oh, Shelley. First a story about a lonely, half-dead monster, and now a tale of incestuous romance.I was very intrigued about the novella "Mathilda." I had heard of before, as "that other Shelley book," but somehow the knowledge of what it was about managed to never reach me until a few days ago.For those who also do not know the story, this is about a girl who is indeed named Mathilda. Her mother tragically died in childbirth, inspiring her passionate father to flee in grief to the ends of the [...]

    9. Ah, poor Mary Shelley. I’m thinking she has this charmed life – daughter of two talented intellectuals, married to a gorgeous poet husband, herself a writer of what turns out to be one of the most famous books of all time, Frankenstein.Then I find out that she wrote a little novella, Mathilda, that so shocked and outraged her father (also her publisher) with its subject of father-daughter incest that it was first published in 1959 – over 150 years after it was written. While some read it a [...]

    10. 3,5Readmarathon2017:12/26 μια νουβέλα Περιεργο βιβλιο . Ενας φρουδιστης ή ενας Λακανιστης , θα το εκτιμούσαν δεόντως. Ηταν σαν ενα παραμύθι , αλλα διεστραμμένο παραμύθι . Και με οχι καλο τέλος . Λιγο βαρετο και με αρκετά περίεργη μετάφραση .

    11. Lo leí en inglés y logré disfrutarlo todavía más de lo que podría haberlo hecho en español. ¡Qué pequeña obra de arte! ¡Qué hermosa forma de contarlo! ¡Qué podría decir sobre Mary Shelley! No existen palabras, aunque, seguramente, ella las habría tenido. ¿De dónde las saca? ¿De dónde provienen? 

    12. Incest, insanity, depression, and suicide. These dark things are what drew me to picking up the little novella of Mary Shelly's. "Frankenstein" was one of my favorite reads, and "The Last Man" was completely captivating, and I was thrilled to discover yet another of Shelly's works. However, "Mathilda" didn't thrill me the way "Frankenstein" or "The Last Man" did. Given, I started reading with the explicit desire to devour something that was uncomfortable and obscene. I wanted to be shocked and h [...]

    13. This was just absoultely gorgeous. Everytime I read anything by Mary Shelley I just want to read everything she ever wrote, whether it was fiction or non-fiction. This was a very gothic tragic tale of a young girl doomed to death. The tale itself is interesting and tragic. The style of the writing is just beautiful. There are some of the most beautiful and moving passages about depression and suicide that I've ever read. Clearly Mary Shelley understood these things very well and while the plot o [...]

    14. A mournful Mathilda longs to escape her concerned relatives who have no idea why her father killed himself. She fakes her own suicide and escapes with a modest sum to live on a remote heath in the North of England, alone with her memories of joy and tragedy.After two years, just when she longs for a friend, she meets the young poet Woodville. He tries to lift her out of despair - but will she confide in him?

    15. Well this book is pretty awful. The description hints at incest but unless I'm unskilled at reading between the lines of this era's literature, it is really more about a father's guilt for having confusing feelings about his daughter 16 years after the death of her mother. (Not that I wanted to read a novel with incest. I had my share of Flowers in the Attic when we read it on the bus in junior high.)This entire novel is a series of emotional letters and hand-wringing declarations and I wanted t [...]

    16. It is a known fact that sad not happy songs make people happy when they are down and this is the book counter-part.To read this in a normal mindset is demoralising, the deeper into it's murky content one goes the need to stop for a while increases. This was an exhuasting read and it's understandable as to why it was supressed by her father and left unpublished for a 120 years.

    17. I loved Matilda. The story and characters captivated me from the start and I couldn't put it down, finishing in one hour-long sitting. Despite its short length, it packed an emotional punch and I shed a few tears towards the end. A wonderful afternoon read.

    18. Wow. This book (novella?) very nearly brought me to tears. The writing is so beautiful and moving. The tale is so harrowing. I couldn't stop reading this and the story really does consume you. I'm so glad i found this little gem it's definitely not as popular as Frankenstein by Shelley but in my opinion this is far better with actual likeable characters that you can relate to. I also enjoyed spotting the parallels between this and Shelley's own life as well as the similarities in language and ce [...]

    19. Like many people, I'm sure, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein ranks amongst my favourite novels. I had never read anything else by her until I opened Mathilda on my Kindle. I must admit that I wasn't expecting it to be anywhere near as good as the aforementioned, but neither was I expecting to feel disappointed with it. Shelley writes beautifully, but given that this is a long short story, it feels very clunky at times. Mathilda is rather a melancholy little work, which does not have a great deal of p [...]

    20. I've just finished re-reading Frankenstein and it reminded me how much I love the work of Mary Shelley, hence moving on to this small novella. The first part of this book is definitely stronger than the latter half which is a bit fragmented and not terribly polished in my opinion. The first part is just wonderful though - melodramatic, tragic and with all the obsession of the self which marks the typical Romantics of the period. The story commences on a blasted heath, where damaged soul Mathilda [...]

    21. This was Mary Shelley’s second work after Frankenstein, and it’s really interesting to see how similar it is in thematic preoccupations and how it draws on her own life: absent fathers, dead mothers, nature as parent, books as parent, very close father-daughter relationships, human society as false and corrupting, human love and kindness as essential, the city as oppressive compared to the freedom of the countryside, the pleasures and pains of solitude. (that last one in particular; Shelley [...]

    22. This novella by this legendary lady is about the very young Matilda ( book set between birth and 19/ 20 yrs of age) and her father. Having lost her mother , and father ( who chooses to walk away), She is raised by an auntMatilda has lead a very solitary and sad life until one day when her father decides to return. While they are very fond of each other, her short lived happiness turns to grief when her father professes his love for her having never known love before, Matilda's life is shattered [...]

    23. "I adjure you, my father, has not an unnatural passion seized upon your heart?"Shelley deals with the controversial issue of incest, in which the father of the eponymous character, having been an absent parent for sixteen years of his daughter's life, returns to establish a relationship with his child. This relationship is tainted when he conflates his daughter with her deceased mother, developing unnatural passions steered toward Mathilda. His perverse projection throws her into an abysmal turm [...]

    24. ~ 3'25 ~ Disturbing at times with beautiful descriptions.The perspective of the protagonist about life before and after a tragedy made me realise how things can change in a moment and how twisted life can be. Sometimes, once sadness has invaded your life, there's no turning back, as sad as it is and that makes people see relief in places where other only see grief.

    25. Such a profound book, everybody can have their own interpretation. In my opinion this book leaves somethin to keep in your mind an in your heart for ever. I remember specially the final, maybe I will read it again. Exactly that's what you don't when you really like a book!

    26. I wanted to give this 3 stars because I really didn't like the character of Matilda but Mary Shelley's writing is absolutely stunning, even in a story as short as this one.

    27. Shelf Notes ReviewDear Reader,Did I tell you how much I ADORE Melville House for coming up with a Novella subscription service? Each month, I get two small but colorful volumes dropped at my door! Just the right size, and I get to read some classic lit mixed in with all the other books I happen to be reading. Genius! Want to be included in the fun? Check it out here! The Art of the Novella. So yes, now that I have that out the way I can tell you ALL about how this first Novella didn't quite stri [...]

    28. Written in 1819-20, and published posthumously, this novella recounts a father's attraction to his daughter, confession, and suicide. Wavering between a proto- psychological case study, on the one hand, and a high Romantic tale, on the other, Mathilda probes "the diseased yet incomprehensible state of [an incestuous father's:] mind" (165).The first-person story is narrated by Mathilda (the daughter) who announces in the second paragraph, "I know that I am about to die." Writing this, she continu [...]

    29. Mathilda's father leaves her mother's birthing- and death-bed without laying eyes on her and she's raised by a maiden aunt until her father comes back when she's seventeen and they become bosom companions and best friendsies and go to London and then he inexplicably won't speak to her for several months. She confronts him by the lake next to the Yorkshire manor house with ivy growing up the walls and asks if she is the cause of his silent anger. He says, "No, but yes;" Mathilda runs up to her ro [...]

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