The Monk is a violent tale of ambition, murder, and incest. The great struggle between maintaining monastic vows and fulfilling personal ambitions leads the monk Ambrosio, into temptation and the breaking of his vows, then to sexual obsession and rape, and finally to murder in order to conceal his guilt.
Written when Matthew Lewis was only 19, The Monk was criticised when first published in 1796 for its lewdness and impiety, but this criticism only added to its popularity.
"A black engine of sex and the supernatural that changed the genre - and the novel itself - forever." (Stephen King)
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I think that The Monk is a very complex tale, one of which new themes, ideas and connotations can be found. So, I would delve into this tale again.
I liked the way in which the plot conformed to the classic conventions of gothic horror, but with a few new twists.
Carrington did an excellent job at narrating this story, his performance was engaging and his characterisations extremely varied and realistic.
This book is a real page turner!
excellent and convoluted tale of gothic horror.
- R. Fulton