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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2014
I have read this book for my english A level, and was not expecting such a dramatic story from it. The plot is sometimes difficult to follow due to the old English it is written in, however the story is clear and interesting. I urge you to give it a go as it has a more tragic plot than I first thought it to have. A good read for a free book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Reportedly on of the first Gothic novels. Set in a castle with ghostly goings on. An easy read and quite entertaining. It's free on Kindle and also contains a lot of notes and information about Horace Walpole. I really enjoyed it.
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on 19 March 2015
A particularly feeble plot, full of unbelievable characters, which just dribbles to an utterly unconvincing end. Manfreds oscillations from strong tyrant to gentle Lord, to terrified mortal, do not portray a believable character, never mind a sufficiently strong villain to carry the rest of the cast, who all seem bland and uninteresting in the extreme. Gak, frankly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2014
Very good read, a style of an old fairy tale. Not very long either. A classic.
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on 21 December 2014
I enjoyed this. It is the first Gothic novel so be warned, the style is that of the 1760s. It's a good story in spite of some peculiar plot elements, largely because the personality and behaviour of the main character (also the villain) is very credibly drawn. This Kindle edition is well laid out.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Castle of Otranto on Kindle

It would be churlish to be over-critical of this novel, it is short, it zips along with pace and imagination, and was the inspiration for the taste for gothic writings, including Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. Having said all that, the book is clearly tosh. It is certainly not a book of spine tingling terror, more sheer oddness. The characters are each more tiresome than the one that went before, with especially tiresome servants added for `comic' effect in the manner of Shakespeare. The overall effect is one of students do a pastiche pantomime, with lots of very wordy dialogue, but little in the way of convincing action or characterisation. The whole book is clearly overstraining itself to achieve the desired gothic effect.

If you are curious this is certainly worth reading, it is not great, but it buzzes along enthusiastically with overdramatic gusto.
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on 13 January 2015
Boring. Chosen for our book club, and I was bored rigid by these beautiful virgins, furious father, gallant knight and the like. It may the first gothic novel, but I would rather have the spooks of Harry Potter.
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on 1 December 2012
I heard book mentioned on TV and thought I'd have a look. I enjoyed reading it. Son dies before wedding so father wants bride, but so much more to this.
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on 11 December 2014
Whilst the story is enjoyable, it is not as good as the gothic novels of Ann Radcliffe. Also shorter than expected.
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on 14 March 2015
Sadly, written in a format too old fashioned to enjoy - far too long winded a tale!
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