Green Tea

Green Tea Based on the psychological complexities of human mind the work is pervaded by a mysterious aura A drink opens the inner eye of the protagonist What follows is a mind boggling tale of eeriness and rea

  • Title: Green Tea
  • Author: J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • ISBN: 9780241251645
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback
  • Based on the psychological complexities of human mind, the work is pervaded by a mysterious aura A drink opens the inner eye of the protagonist What follows is a mind boggling tale of eeriness and reality Engrossing

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    1. Mr. Jennings seesmething something that nobody else sees, something unusual and unnerving, something that eventually becomes a horror that may destroy him. Is it real or is it imagined? Or is it just the result of drinking too much "Green Tea"?

    2. A clergyman drinks green tea, inadvertently opens his “third eye” and starts seeing a small monkey with glowing red eyes (the Devil, it’s implied). And that’s Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu! Absolute rubbish.It’s written in a plodding, dreary Victorian style which you can’t help but notice given how little actual story there is. I couldn’t believe that all there was was some dull clergyman wigging out over hallucinations! I guess the subtext might be the author’s xenophobia/fas [...]

    3. If this was 1872 one can imagine how disturbing this would be, however in these days of television and other mass media its impact has been reduced to nothing. This situation seems to be happening more and more frequently when looking at the reviews, people want a constant in your face, (pun intended if you have read this!) everything revealed and no imagination spared.When I was about ten years old I was allowed to watch the odd late night horror and going to bed no problem, but give me one of [...]

    4. Interesting read. I felt bad for Mr. Jennings for what he suffered, and for so long. Being who he was, it seemed even worse for the poor fellow. I don't think it was just a nervous condition. I think it's kind of funny that large amounts of green tea seems to open the poor man's 'third eye.' My sister is an avid green tea drinker. I suppose I ought to warn her. Personally, it's a little too bitter for my tastes, but I digress.Dr. Hesselius is an interesting protagonist, a doctor who treats the s [...]

    5. A short, gothic, Victorian, ghost story. An interesting read though I would have liked a little more in-depth in the psychology of Mr Jennings. The plot is simple: a doctor -Hesselius- meets Reverend Jennings which seems a good, sensible man and yet hides something. For months he has been suffering fits or crisis which have led him away from his parish. Shortly, we find out the reason: he is being tormented by a devil who takes the form of a monkey. Mr Jennings trusts Dr Hesselius with his story [...]

    6. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Especially, those who are men of the cloth and study religious metaphysics of the ancients while drinking too much green tea.

    7. 4.25WOWWWW Can I just say: this was engrossing AF. Fascinating from the literary, medical/scientific and theological senses. LITERARYThis was sooo reminiscent of Jekyll and Hyde - in all the best ways! The structure, the characters, the messages and the rabid thirst for further research! I've now been delving into Victorian suicide, medical hubris, metaphysics, hallucinations and autoscopy - FASCINATING STUFF, I tell you. Absolutely fascinating. These are the best kinds of stories. I have no dou [...]

    8. So was the green tea of the mid 1800s different than the green tea today? It appears to have hallucinogenic properties. The gentleman in the story begins to see the apparition of a monkey after drinking large quantities of green tea. The story was interesting but I didn’t care for the writing style.

    9. I've had read Turkish version before and now this. It is Victorian, it is gothic and it is eerie! Now imagine reading this in 1800's.

    10. Un caso del doctor Hesselius, quien recuerda un poco a Sherlock Holmes. Buena historia pero predecible desde el inicio.

    11. The part where Jennings tells of his peculiar incident is the only interesting part of this story.The writings style was definitely not my type, and the story dragged out a lot. I was really bored during most of it. It's supposedly a horror story where a doctor tells in a series of letters the story of one of the cases he attempted to solve of a man suffering from hallucinations and connecting it to religion.I like the idea but it was really boring!

    12. The opening part of the story and the development are fine, but the ending drags the entire story down. If you have never read Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's stories before, you shouldn't start your first experience with this novella.

    13. While it wasn't quite as terrifying or surprising as it must have been at the time it was published (in 1872), it was still an enjoyable little story. I do love Victorian gothic writing after all.

    14. Short-story, gothic horror about a a doctor who is approached by a man to cure him of an unseen and unwanted companion, an invisible monkey with glowing red eyes.

    15. I want to start reading classics and people often recommend starting with the Pinguin Little Black Classics. So I did. When I bought this in a bookshop, I didn't really know what it was about. Stupidly enough, I didn't realise there was a little synopsis on the back it was partially covered by a sticker so I took it home thinking it was a nice little story about green tea.I was wrong. Sort of.As it turns out, it's a "horror" about a man who drinks green tea and starts seeing a demonic, ghost lik [...]

    16. The dark, mythical air of it trumps the substance of the plot itself, and the sci-fi sort of medical theories at the end. Towards the end I increasingly found the hallucination to be—really, not a tulpa? But then the explanations given in the aftermath as well as the role green tea plays, discredit my hypothesis.

    17. This novella displays all the hybrid interests and anxieties of the late-Victorian gothic horror writer. Combining science and spiritualism, cultural and philosophical anxieties, with a pinch of imperialist suspicion through the motif of the eponymous green tea, the result is an unsettling and sensational story.

    18. You might call this more of a novella, but it had chapters. Extremely suspenseful and creepy, and because it was part of a large anthology I was reading, I didn't realize the ending was coming and it was shocking. Many people know Le Fanu as author of Carmilla but he had many other chilling tales and should be read a lot more by fans of Poe, R L Stevenson, Blackwood, Machen, and the like.

    19. It has gothic tropes such as a haunting, mental illness, corruption, a "magic potion" and doubling. Also elements of the detective genre with a the genius detective Doctor Hesselius solving the mystery through unreasonable leaps of inductive reasoning. A somewhat scientific explanation is given and like the solution of any Holmes novel, the final answer does not stand up to scrutiny.

    20. Interesting tale and one I'd not heard of before discovering it. Elements of Green Tea are truly unsettling and show why Le Fanu has the reputation he richly deserves. That said there is something - for me - wanting in the story. Nevertheless it is most definitely worth the read.

    21. Me gustó el formato de cuento corto para esta historia.Spoilers:(view spoiler)[Al final, aunque da a entender que es todo culpa de el consumo de té verde, no lo puede confirmar, así que un poco de paranoia genera, y es lo que busco en un cuento de terror. (hide spoiler)]

    22. A strange storyline in many ways, like why a monkey ghost? But I really liked it. It was really creepy and unpredictable. Also love the way Le Fanu wrote many of his stories as documents from real cases. So cool.

    23. I found it hard to get into this book. The tale is a slow plodding narrative that just didn’t speak to me. It’s setting and time era didn’t put me off in any way. It just wasn’t all that interesting to read and I had to push myself to finish.

    24. Should have been called yellow crack in an age of religious paranoia.Great gothic mystery for late at night, but not one that will haunt you long.

    25. A short gothic tale of a supernatural, demonic monkey haunting people. The style a bit dated but still a great read nevertheless.

    26. I had high hopes for this book at first but when read it I didn't think i would feel goosebumps or anything creepy just plain 😒

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