I’ll write a nonspoilery review of this, too. But thanks, Alice and my fellow readers! I had a blast. Matthew Lewis
kept up the insanity to the very end. The Monk is a moron and can’t even make a proper deal with the devil. Matilda turns out to be not a fellow victim, but a fellow demon, which actually crossed my mind at one point, but doesn’t count cuz I didn’t write it down. I felt sorry for him in the end. I don’t think all he goes through at the end was worth a week of getting it off. I grant he’s evil, but it’s all so stupid and pointless. He kills out of cowardice, which doesn’t make it right, and certainly what he did to Antonia is unforgivable, but I’m not into vengeance and torture and so on, so reading the monk’s horrible end wasn’t much fun. Perhaps if he’d reveled in his evil and really had a good time it would feel more justified, but he was miserable most of the time – before he commits his crimes, while he’s committing his crimes, after he commits the crimes. Dumbass monk. I wish the Evil Mother Superior knew before she died what a wretch she was trying to impress.
For all the idiocy, and there is plenty, a ridiculous plot, a useless hero, a pathetic villain, I still love this book. It’s a roller coaster of happenings. Lewis really packs it in. Ghost nuns, blood stained sheets, escapes, castles in Spain and Germany, banditti, evil nuns, evil monks, young women in danger, beauteous orbs, sorcery, Lucifer, murder, rape, incest, kidnapping… you don’t really need any other Gothic novels. This one has it all.
So, again, thanks Alice! You pick great reads and have a great group to read with! And thanks to everyone who blogged along! As I’ve mentioned before, I can’t seem to comment on most blogs, my words just disappear into cyberspace, but I’ve read everyone’s posts and enjoyed them! Looking forward to next time!