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Tantalised in Otranto,
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This review is from: The Castle of Otranto (Pocket Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
I enjoyed this quirky, outlandish, escapist, romantic tale of evil versus virtue, set in a Medieval castle, but I feel it would benefit from the input of a modern editor - not to change the text itself, but simply to make it easier to read. Could just be this edition (Pocket Penguin Classics), but there were no speech marks and no paragraph breaks either - which made it quite hard to follow!
Not only that, there was no foreword, no footnotes, no interpretation at all. I think a little editorial gloss would have helped to put the story in context and pick up on the nuances in the text. This lack of any explanation makes me wary of buying the other books in the series, despite the fact that I'm interested in reading quite a few of them! I will probably choose different editions if I do get these.
The story itself is worth reading, even if mostly from curiosity, as it conforms to many of the stereotypes of implausible romantic fiction! However, this is only from the point of view of modern hindsight: this was an innovative book when it was written. Again, a good introduction would have helped to highlight this.
In summary... a fun read, but probably best to get a different edition!