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review 2018-10-22 00:10
I honestly tried
The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole

I don't know whether I read a satire written as a self-challenge to pack as much over-the-top drama in as few pages as possible, or an over-the-top dramatic tragedy on rocket fuel.

 

I feel a bit like when I watched Venezuelan TV novelas, only those tend to stretch, and barely come to the ankles of this... unholy (heheh) mess. So, pretty much the same reaction: either you unapologetically immerse in the guilty pleasure, or you laugh and mock with abandon. I might have canted for the first as a kid (hell, I was tempted for the beginning pages), but I confess that by Frederik's reveal and Theodore's story I just straight started giggling and could not take anything seriously any more.

 

And if it resembles history a bit too much at points, well, it comes to show that reality will always prove to be more ridiculous than any fiction, even this.

 

 

And double bingo for me! (not like I can really keep avoiding them at this point, lol)

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text 2018-10-21 22:49
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 125 pages.
The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole

*blink*

 

Did... did Hippolita just say she'd acquiesce to divorce her husband so the men could exchange daughters and exhort the girls to trust providence and be obedient... ?

 

I think there is such a thing as taking piety so far as to cross the line twice into stupid and evil territory and here I have my proof.

 

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text 2018-10-21 22:00
Reading progress update: I've read 85 out of 125 pages.
The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole

“Oh! amazement! horror! what do I hear! what do I see!” cried Isabella. “My father! You my father!

 

LMAO! *ahem* Right, I don't think that was the aimed response... but come on!

 

 

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text 2017-09-06 11:24
Halloween Bingo - Gothic
The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole

I started The Castle of Otranto this morning as my current audiobook for the commute to work. 

 

I'm only a few minutes in, and I get the impression that I could not have picked a book that is more Gothic than this one. There have already been ample "in vains", trembling ladies, manly pursuits, " 'tis", "thou", a castle, fearful ladies, terrible aristocrats, poor peasants, necromancy, a tomb, and what appears to be a version of the Black Knight.

 

...oh, and there has also been a mysterious death by helmet. 

 

 

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review 2016-10-18 00:00
The Castle of Otranto (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading): A Gothic Story
The Castle of Otranto (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading): A Gothic Story - Horace Walpole,Annie Pecastaings Struggling with what to rate this. It wasn't what you would call good, and it certainly wasn't scary, but it was unintentionally (and sometimes intentionally) hilarious.

Basically the author is a bored rich dude who wrote this for lolz, and it kind of shows, because it's everything and the kitchen sink, usually all at once; there's whole chapters of people just chasing each other around the countryside; everyone turns out to have a secret relative, be a secret relative, or both, and it ends with both a wedding AND a funeral. Nothing is foreshadowed.

Taken in the spirit meant, it's pretty entertaining.
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