The Italian by Ann RadcliffeThe Italian by Ann Radcliffe

The Italian

byAnn RadcliffeEditorRobert Miles

Paperback | February 1, 2001

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From the first moment Vincentio di Vivaldi, a young nobleman, sets eyes on the veiled figure of Ellena, he is captivated by her enigmatic beauty and grace. But his haughty and manipulative mother is against the match and enlists the help of her confessor to come between them. Schedoni, previously a leading figure of the Inquisition, is a demonic, scheming monk with no qualms about the task, whether it entails abduction, torture - or even murder. The Italian secured Ann Radcliffe's position as the leading writer of Gothic romance of the age, for its atmosphere of supernatural and nightmarish horrors, combined with her evocation of sublime landscapes and chilling narrative.

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Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) was the leading exponent of Gothic fiction and, during her lifetime, she published five novels including A Sicilian Romance (1790) and The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) as well as a collection of European travel writings. Her novels were immensely popular and much imitated. Robert Miles teaches English at Sheff...
Title:The ItalianFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 1 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140437541

ISBN - 13:9780140437546

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic Gothic Horror The Italian had the typical Gothic horror feel so there wasn't anything disappointing in that regard however I did wish I had a better sense of where things were heading as the plot progressed. It went on quite a bit longer than I felt it should've but at least it mostly kept me entertained. I found myself wondering why the story went the way it did because on so many occasions it didn't feel quite unified (especially when Vincentio was being tried). It was interesting to follow Ellena yet I didn't quite see the point of it until her parentage came into play (although the struggle of their love because of her perceived low-birth felt pointless at the end) and by then it felt too late despite how relevant it was. I think I would have enjoyed the story more were the viewpoints not so separate but I understand why they were like that - I just wish it didn't stay so long with one person. I'm glad for yet another good example of Gothic horror but I don't think I'd read this again - it's not completely out of the question but it wasn't as strong an example because of the weird journeys the plot went on. At least it wasn't a tragic end but it felt like too long a read and the POVs were too broken up for me to find it an enjoyable read outside of research. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-17