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The Monk; a romance [Kindle Edition]

M. G. (Matthew Gregory) Lewis
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Matthew Lewis was an English novelist and dramatist, often referred to as “Monk” Lewis, because of the success of his classic Gothic novel, The Monk. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. Matthew Lewis served as attaché to the British embassy at The Hague and was a member of Parliament from 1796 to 1802. Matthew Lewis wrote The Monk when he was only 19 years old.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 375 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1613824122
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082Z4YHK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,716 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Brilliant! 20 Aug. 2012
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After a slow start, I really got into this book and found that I couldn't put it down. There are lots of characters, who's stories are all intertwined. What I loved, was that this didn't become confusing. It was really easy to follow. This story has some shocking twists and I spent most of the time gasping and quickly flicking on to see what happens next. Definitely a book to read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT PURCHASE - this is V. 3 of a 3 volume set... 12 Sept. 2014
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This book is only ONE THIRD of the book - be careful!!!! It starts with chapter 8!!! This is VOLUME 3 of a 3 volume set - It starts with these lines which are from the third volume and it says 'chapter 8'
The crickets sing, and Man's o'er-laboured sense
Repairs itself by rest: Our Tarquin thus
Did softly press the rushes, ere He wakened
The chastity He wounded--Cytherea,
How bravely thou becom'st thy bed! Fresh Lily!
And whiter than the sheets!

This is specifically referring to the HARDBACK edition by Bibliolife. I see this 'review' shows up on all copies of the book. As I work for a library and it's over 30 days nobody will refund/replace or allow us to return it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Gothic Novel 17 Aug. 2012
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I was happy to find The Monk here as it now means I won't have to replace any more paperback copies of this fantastic tale. I must admit that I haven't yet met anyone who has not loved this after reading it. Written in under three months Matthew Lewis thereafter came to be called 'Monk' Lewis, due to the popularity of this story.

As the title would suggest, this book centres around a monk, Ambrosio, and those who surround him. On the surface, Ambrosio is revered by the people of Madrid as almost saintlike - but is he? Holier than thou he may appear, but beneath the surface there is a man who is vain and thinks he is better than others. Camp, crazy, with cross dressing, lust, obsession, pride, vanity, and some humour along with the horror this is a tale that grabs you from the beginning. This is a book that you could write books on if you were to do a full analysis of it, but why bother? Lets face it, you are looking for something that is fun and readable, and don't want to be bored with deeper meanings (unless you are studying it), so just sit back read, enjoy and be enthralled by this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Gothic royalty. 3 May 2013
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The Monk is fantastic. I've wanted to read it for a while but I never had a chance! It's brilliant, the various plots are weaved together masterfully, and there are plenty of moments of surprise and intrigue. It's one of those books that is so genius that you realise that people in the past weren't as ignorant as we're often lead to believe! A true masterpiece. Hard to believe it was written by a nineteen year old in the space of a few weeks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Gothic Novel 5 April 2013
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I have somehow managed to completely miss this novel until a few weeks ago when it popped up in my GoodReads recommendations. It immediately caught my attention for being a gothic novel which was a massive scandal when it was first published in 1791.

Having now finished the book I can see why, it treads a fine line of religious debauchery with a monk going off the rails in just about every way possible. Written by an MP of about 20yrs old I guess they didn't do much in parliament back then either as his imagination has run riot with this book!

There are a few places where it's over-explained and could do with a good edit but all-in-all this is a fascinating/enjoyable/shocking page-turner, that even has you fighting yourself trying not to feel sympathy for the monk!

A well-written, classic gothic novel. I'm just sorry it's taken me 33 years to discover it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plain awesome 22 Feb. 2013
By Pius
Written by Matthew Lewis during a short period of ten short weeks when he was just nineteen, "The Monk" proved to be a controversial novel at the time that it was written. Faith, deception, loyalty, sorcery, murder, Satanism, incest, rape, ghosts, and the inquisition gave the novel the popularity it has retained until today. Even though its plot made the novel controversial when it was published in 1796 to the point where it as held to be blasphemous and resulted to censorship, Lewis nevertheless gained in popularity.

The story is basically about Ambrosio, who as an enfant was found at the doors of the abbey, stirring talks that he was a divine-sent child. He grew up to become an ostensibly pious and deeply revered Abbot of the Capuchin monastery in Madrid, a fit in holiness that aroused the resentment of the devil who decides to plot his fall. The devil plotted the fall through the working of a young female who disguised and became a novice under the tutelage of Ambrioso, the immaculate monk. Ambrioso's fall is plotted through out the later stages of the novel as his fight with the deep passions of his body, the machinations of the devil and his attempts at redemption. Anti-Catholic in nature, this Gothic classic is perhaps the best in its genre. I am certain the author enjoyed every moment while he was writing it because the story flowed all the way through to the end. Like Disciples of Fortune, The Monk is a recommended classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Romance 18 April 2013
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A dark and twisted yet sufficiently gripping book, filled with gothic horror, religious struggles and fated romance.

The ending was arguably slightly rushed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn.
The prose style of this book is fustian, periphrastic, circumlocutory, sesquipedalian; it may well have been a sensation 220 years ago, but is tame by today's standards. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Victor Bourne
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book!
This is my favourite book. I'm not going to give any of the plot away- just read it, you won't regret it!
Published 8 days ago by J.T
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Only got this because it was free, and honestly, I can't remember anything about it!
Published 12 days ago by Scarlet_Whiplash
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Dark and uncomfortable at times. Worth a read for its place in literary history.
Published 1 month ago by Dinks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 1 month ago by Charlotte Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Typical God-awful Gothic rubbish. I will never give credence to the person who suggested this to me.
Published 4 months ago by Stephen Burrows
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 6 months ago by cherles wood
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Disappointed with the content of this book. Not my taste.
Published 7 months ago by bella Doone
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable gothic excess
This book chucks the kitchen sink at its readers - ghost stories, romances, murderous robbers, depraved acts behind convent walls, the Spanish Inquisition, and Satan himself... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Phil
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
What a sexy page turner! And all written in 1795!
Published 8 months ago by A. J. Morris
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