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I had read The Mysteries of Udolpho earlier in the year and was interested enough in Radcliffe to want to readof her work My copy of The Italian had an introduction which I wish I had been able to read before starting on Udolpho, as it explains a lot about the Radcliffe style Here is a short excerptThe basic pleasure in Mrs Radcliffe s romances comes from a suspension of disbelief that leads to an enjoyment of the works of her fiction in and for itself Cheerfully anachronistic in the I had read The Mysteries of Udolpho earlier in the year and was interested enough in Radcliffe to want to readof her work My copy of The Italian had an introduction which I wish I had been able to read before starting on Udolpho, as it explains a lot about the Radcliffe style Here is a short excerptThe basic pleasure in Mrs Radcliffe s romances comes from a suspension of disbelief that leads to an enjoyment of the works of her fiction in and for itself Cheerfully anachronistic in the tastes and attitudes she bestows upon her heroines, Mrs Radcliffe is equally inaccurate in her descriptions of monastic life, the historical surroundings,and, we are told by some critics, even in the landscapes she describes But this annoys us nothan it would in a fairytale or an opera.Historical realism has as little relevance to her manner as would fully rounded characters, whose unpredictable activities would only get in the way of the total effect Her fiction has other laws The Italian is a fast paced read, with a lot happening in the first few chapters love at first sight, warnings in the night, a family in turmoil, a kidnapping, a death, and mysterious characters lurking about Not to mention quick travels through the Italian landscapeand yes, there really are such things as strawberry trees I liked Ellena very much She was a gentle young lady, but she also hadspirit than I remember being shown in Emily, the heroine of Udolpho When Ellena is confronting a tormentor, she regally declares You are now acquainted with my sentiments and my resolutions I shall repeat them no You go, girl Our hero Vivaldi was also likeable, especially after two things happened he quit seeminglike a stalker than a young lover at first he was annoying, at least to me , and I finally somehow managed to cure myself of that little echo of music whenever I read his name I used to listen to a lot of Vivaldi I even liked the villain Schedoni He surprised me a time or two, but overall he was a perfectly evil villain, which was just what the story required None of the characters felt over the top to me, whereas in Udolpho some were just too too Here all the people seemed quite real and plausible, and all the mysterious events were eventually shown to have reasonable explanations.I thought I had the whole tangled back story figured out at one point but I was only partly correct, which I was glad about because I would have hated for Schedoni to really bewell, who I thought he was I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and can certainly see myself giving it another reading someday, and looking for other Radcliffe titles to spend time with This is the first time I ve read a book that had me force myself through the first half, to then discover something of the most wonderful literature I can remember.Therefore, it s very hard to grade The Italian It s a slow, difficult read as much as a wonderful, subtle, psychological piece of work The naive Vivaldi falls in love at first sight with the lovely, but poor Ellena His mother, the Marchesa, does everything in her power to stop them seeing each other She contacts her confessor, the This is the first time I ve read a book that had me force myself through the first half, to then discover something of the most wonderful literature I can remember.Therefore, it s very hard to grade The Italian It s a slow, difficult read as much as a wonderful, subtle, psychological piece of work The naive Vivaldi falls in love at first sight with the lovely, but poor Ellena His mother, the Marchesa, does everything in her power to stop them seeing each other She contacts her confessor, the monk Schedoni, who suggests a horrible action towards Ellena, and claims that s the only way to separate them She has do die Sounds evil, but his proposition isn t that unintelligible when you get to knowabout him Let s leave that for now.Then, Ellena is kidnapped and imprisoned in a monastery Thereafter, there are so many twists and turns when the story unfolds that I can t even remember them all But every character has his or her place and there s a reason they are created.Schedoni steals the show, as really masterful villains sometimes do, but only if they are masterful enough He s the most deceitful, deceiving, cynical, least favorable character, but at the same time the most complex I had a hard time getting to know him, because I couldn t decide whether he is good deep down or not Of course, he is a ruthless villain with plenty of evil deeds behind him, but it seems he has a conscience, after all.SpoilersFor instance, he has some remorse about killing Ellena He has plenty of opportunities even before he knows who she really is I won t call him a byronic hero, but I m aware that he inspired the gothic protagonists in the following centuries such as Rochester, Heathcliff and even Mr de Winter.He was complicated enough as it were Then, all of a sudden, a surprise even to himself, he s the father of Ellena And as if that wasn t enough, I mean, perhaps there were people who thought his conspiracy with the Marchesa towards the lovely young couple wasn t ruthless enough, Radcliffe had some other surprises up her sleeve, as well What about this He murdered his brother, forced a marriage with his brother s wife and then killed her for not returning his feelings for her, whereupon he left her and at the same time his own, infant daughter That s what I meant when I stated that Schedoni s suggestion about killing Ellena was logical to him He, himself, had killed his OWN brother in want of his wife, Olivia He knows that it s hard to force people in love apart, and people goes to great lengths to achieve the ones they love He certainly did and it consumed him.Schedoni turns out to be nothing like a monk at all, but sought himself to that kind of life after his sins, perhaps for redemption Unfortunately, his vicious ways leads him into muddy circumstances yet again.And then, to really stir everything up, it turns out that he isn t Ellenas father, after all, but her uncle, something he never becomes aware of His wife had two daughters in her two marriages One with the first Count di Bruno and one with Schedoni And if anyone anywhere think this isn t enough complicated story lines intertwined, Radcliffe presents us with yet another twist Ellenas mother, Schedoni s involuntary wife, isn t dead at all, but had taken refugee after the murder attempt to the very monastery where Ellena herself was imprisoned.A very complicated story, and that s not all There are constant twists that make you want to know how it s going to affect the characters.One of many quotations I liked was this It may be worthy of observation, that the virtues of Olivia, exerted in general cause, had thus led her unconsciously to the happiness of saving her daughter while the vices of Schedoni had as unconsciously urged him nearly to destroy his niece, and had always been preventing, by the means they prompted him to employ, the success of his constant aim End of spoilersOf course, everyone in the book spent their time being confused I was very confused No one in this book is what they seem to be It was unnerving to never know what secrets the next chapter was going to reveal, but I really like feeling that way when reading a gothic book, or any book at all, for that matter.I don t know whether to give it three or four stars I suppose I would like to give it something in between The construction of the plot is fantastic, but unfortunately it s slow at times Especially the first half of the book, I found myself question whether I could endure it Further, the language is that of the muddle, philosophical, long sentenced nature Beautiful, but not very easy to digest and it takes some time to really understand everything that s going on, especially between the lines.But then, it paid off Such an amazing story with such interesting characters and such thrilling occurrences between persons The story is about so muchthan complex relationships It s about moral, disguise on several levels, sin and persecution It was interesting to read about the religious conventions of the time that affected the population in different ways The last chapters focus on the trial by the Holy Inquisition, where both Vivaldi and Schedoni are accused.To people who like gothic fiction, I can recommend this, but it is a difficult read and takes some time Repulsed and inspired by Matthew Gregory Lewis s graphic gothic novel, The Monk, Anne Radcliffe s The Italian is a complexly plotted Romance the term was derogatory then, although what they meant by a Romance then is not what we would derogatorily dismiss as a Romance now about two chaste and na ve teens who fall madly in love with each other at first glance but then have their parade rained on by the boy s mean spirited mother and her minion, Schedoni, the conniving and ghoulish monk who chom Repulsed and inspired by Matthew Gregory Lewis s graphic gothic novel, The Monk, Anne Radcliffe s The Italian is a complexly plotted Romance the term was derogatory then, although what they meant by a Romance then is not what we would derogatorily dismiss as a Romance now about two chaste and na ve teens who fall madly in love with each other at first glance but then have their parade rained on by the boy s mean spirited mother and her minion, Schedoni, the conniving and ghoulish monk who chomps apart every scene he skulks through Radcliffe s writing is easy to swallow, and what she lacks in finesse she makes up for in her adeptness at ambience This book is stuffed like a bloated Thanksgiving Turkey with oppressive and Sublime settings dilapidated castle ruins, labyrinthine monasteries, vast stretches of mountains that can only be crossed via perilous paths, the dark dungeons of the Inquisition, and one spooky shack on a lonely beach that comes equipped with a homicidal recluse The plot is propelled by overwrought melodrama and heightened emotional states, which can make for clunky reassessments of the tribulations our characters are constantly accosted with, and tautologically excessive expoundings of any given character s internal strife Most of the horrors revealed over the course of the plot will seem tame to the modern reader smorbid sensibilities, but Radcliffe does a bang up job of straightening out all her tangled strands of intrigue before knitting it all back together again in a neat bow A fun and moody escape for any reader wanting to delve into the gothic fiction genre of the late 18th century I was first introduced to Ann Radcliffe by Jane Austen, herself which some of her stories were mentioned in her Jane s novels I have read almost all of her novels and the first time I read The Italian was about 5 years ago and loved it While I was reading Charlotte Bronte s Shirley last year, Caroline made a comment about Radcliffe s The Italian and having a different opinion of the ending, I had to re read to see if I was wrong in my surmise Quote from Shirley But Rose, pursued Caro I was first introduced to Ann Radcliffe by Jane Austen, herself which some of her stories were mentioned in her Jane s novels I have read almost all of her novels and the first time I read The Italian was about 5 years ago and loved it While I was reading Charlotte Bronte s Shirley last year, Caroline made a comment about Radcliffe s The Italian and having a different opinion of the ending, I had to re read to see if I was wrong in my surmise Quote from Shirley But Rose, pursued Caroline , I read a wanderer s life, for me at least, would end like that tale you are reading in disappointment, vanity, and vexation of spirit Unless she is being facetious, I can not understand her comment but maybe she was talking about the villian Well, to me it was pure Gothic, romantic perfection I am an old school romantic, which this story is all about that feelings and winning over lady love I especially love good verses evil where there is not such a gray line that is hard to decipher like in today s world This story has romance, lots of mysteries, dungeons, castles, proud families, a tad of humor in Paulo and the Inquisition which is really a perfect blend in my eyes The first time I read it I loved it, the second time I loved it , for I was able to understand her passages of nature better this time around, which makes me want to read Udolpho, again in the future at some point Thankfully to Goodreads, I keep better track of my reads and my ability of note taking, which I started last year and since the first time I read this I was not in the practice of this, I was able to this time I read a Delphi collection and not this version, if your interested in any quotes or notes that will not give the story away From the first moment Vincentio di Vivaldi, a young nobleman, sets eyes on the veiled figure of Ellena, he is captivated by her enigmatic beauty and grace But his haughty and manipulative mother is against the match and enlists the help of her confessor to come between them Schedoni, previously a leading figure of the Inquisition, is a demonic, scheming monk with no qualms about the task, whether it entails abduction, torture or even murder The Italian secured Ann Radcliffe s position as the leading writer of Gothic romance of the age, for its atmosphere of supernatural and nightmarish horrors, combined with her evocation of sublime landscapes and chilling narrative There s a recurring joke in The Italian where one character tries to convey a story to another character, making it much longer than it needs to be The story often contains some very important information, such as someone s death The second character will frequently interrupt them, saying just get on with it but the first one will tell them to calm down and continue to tell their story at a meandering pace Not only is joke very annoying and evenso once it happens for the fourth or There s a recurring joke in The Italian where one character tries to convey a story to another character, making it much longer than it needs to be The story often contains some very important information, such as someone s death The second character will frequently interrupt them, saying just get on with it but the first one will tell them to calm down and continue to tell their story at a meandering pace Not only is joke very annoying and evenso once it happens for the fourth or fifth time but to me it also seems like an apt metaphor for the novel it appears in The Italian, to me, is annoying, repetitious and generally frustrating which is a massive shame seeing as though it was inspired by one of my favourite Gothic novels, The Monk It just feels like a missed opportunity.The Italian centres around Vivaldi and Ellena, a pair of youths who fall in love Vivaldi comes from a very well esteemed family while Ellena from the opposite, causing Vivaldi s mother, the Marchesa, to try and put a stop to their relationship with the help of her Confessor Father Schedoni Much like The Monk, the most interesting character here is a monk While I can t deny Vivaldi s servant Paulo has some genuinely funny moments, his master seems to be nothingthan a stock follow your passion and listen to your heart do gooder Ellena, while showing some glimmer of agency, spends most of the novel being kidnapped and freed and kidnapped again In Gothic novels it often seems as though the villains shine the most There have been many villains better than Schedoni, but Radcliffe at least manages to put a nice spin on him with the twist of Ellena being his daughter and then not really Most the characters however, are forgettable Even Paulo who stood out as a favourite is someone that I just wanted to shake and tell to shut up some times A lot of the story s emotional weight hinges on me caring about the characters I just can t though The good guys are too goodie goodie for me to relate to or worry about.Let s discuss the major themes of the novel then, shall we Sorry fans of The Italian, but it looks like the positives are going to be far and few in this review Passion is Vivaldi s driving force in the novel and instead of making his relationship with Ellenaromantic, it just makes him seem like an idiot Sure, true love wins in the end and they get to live happily ever after, but I find it hard to believe that he d want to commit his life to Ellena after only knowing her for a few hours Ellena tries to sway him off because she knows things are going to go sour, but he ignores her and Hey, guess what He gets her aunty killed, her kildnapped by a band of nuns who try to force her to become a nun , threatened with murder and evenstuff down the line Gee whizz, Vivaldi, I bet Ellena is glad you followed your heart The other major theme, I guess, is corruption as shown through the Marchesa andprominently with the church This is where the parallels with The Monk are most obvious, with the church being portrayed as the most powerful organisation, having the ability to do away with anyone they want with a snap of their fingers I enjoyed how their power was rarely addressed directly by the novel, looming in the background, and found it to be one of thepositive aspects of The Italian Okay, there s my one positive Repetition is often one of the things that irritates me in novels the most If a novel finds itself going over the same plot points and character moments repeatedly, then it shows that either the writer doesn t know what to do next or are trying to make their story longer than it should naturally be This is why Richardson s Pamela is my least favourite novel For a novel that s over 200,000 words long a fair chunk longer than the last Harry Potter book there is virtually no plot Similarly, The Italian seems to spend too much time on the characters simply travelling, as well as them getting kidnapped repeatedly Maybe if Radcliffe had a good editor I would ve enjoyed reading her book a bitMaybe it wouldn t have felt like such a chore.I feel like I may have been overly mean in this review, but I thought I d just be honest I m not a fan of The Italian Let s hope the next review I post is at least marginallypositive Oh, man What s happening to me I really enjoyed this book It s essentially the story of two young people who conceive a deep and abiding love for each other on the strength of a very brief acquaintance, largely consisting of longing for each other from afar after a brief initial meeting and subsequently spending a few boating trips together, chaperoned by suitably respectable relatives The boy is from a noble and proud family the girl, apparently, is from farhumble stock His parents, Oh, man What s happening to me I really enjoyed this book It s essentially the story of two young people who conceive a deep and abiding love for each other on the strength of a very brief acquaintance, largely consisting of longing for each other from afar after a brief initial meeting and subsequently spending a few boating trips together, chaperoned by suitably respectable relatives The boy is from a noble and proud family the girl, apparently, is from farhumble stock His parents, hearing scandalous rumours about goings on between the two, forbid the union The boy s mother goes a step further and, prompted by her Confessor, an ambitious and sinister monk, has the girl kidnapped and sent to a convent The boy tracks his girlfriend down and they escape,only to be captured again He s sent to the prisons of the Inquisition, she s sent to a desolate sea side spot to be killed How will they ever break free of their tormentors and be reunited Who is the girl s real father What secrets lie in the evil monk s mysterious past A series of events no less absurd than complex eventually bring things to a happy resolution Along the way, we learn a fewGothic truths of life A well bred girl, while travelling, will only stay in the local convent and not in a common inn, even though convents are dens of infamy that exist for the purpose of entrapping such girls into lives of gloom and celibacy Just because someone is today a monk or nun does not preclude them from having had a rich and varied career beforehand, including the begetting of assorted progeny and the commission of various sins The Inquisition takes a really long time to get to the point Mrs Radcliffe was a writer of ridiculously convoluted and completely gripping novels The young ladies and gentlemen of Jane Austen s time read gothic horror novels on the sly, instead of the religious tracts and sermons that were supposed to edify them Their favorite author was Ann Radcliffe, and The Italian was one of her best novels Published in 1797, it has all the elements of the early gothic novels ghosts, sword fights, castles, ruins, monasteries with their evil monks and abbesses, poisonings it s all there In fact, some of our modern cliches originated back then In The young ladies and gentlemen of Jane Austen s time read gothic horror novels on the sly, instead of the religious tracts and sermons that were supposed to edify them Their favorite author was Ann Radcliffe, and The Italian was one of her best novels Published in 1797, it has all the elements of the early gothic novels ghosts, sword fights, castles, ruins, monasteries with their evil monks and abbesses, poisonings it s all there In fact, some of our modern cliches originated back then In one scene, a sinister monk is sending a hired assassin off to do his dirty work, and he says something along the lines of Here s a cloak to throw over that dagger you re carrying Now we call these types of stories cloak and dagger mysteries Overall, the book is very exciting, although the language is overly flowery, and takes some untangling But it s well worth the effort 2.5 5 He thought that to be a guard over prisoners was nearly as miserable as being a prisoner himself I see no difference between them, said he, except that the prisoner watches on one side of the door, and the centinel on the otherI have every reason in the world to hate this book The writing is convoluted in aping Shakespeare while playing at novelhood, the plot is dramatic to a fault, and the edition itself contributed a fair deal to the decay of my eyesight with its compacted mess 2.5 5 He thought that to be a guard over prisoners was nearly as miserable as being a prisoner himself I see no difference between them, said he, except that the prisoner watches on one side of the door, and the centinel on the otherI have every reason in the world to hate this book The writing is convoluted in aping Shakespeare while playing at novelhood, the plot is dramatic to a fault, and the edition itself contributed a fair deal to the decay of my eyesight with its compacted mess the standard edition of this is around 500 pages while this is a mear 242 and increasing number of typos However, from an academic perspective, this was a fascinating bridge between my studies of 16th 17th and the 19th century iterations of English literature, so my habit of not purely reading for entertainment came in handy I m not interested in readingof Radcliffe, especially with the knowledge that The Italian is seen as her most cohesive literary effort, but I m glad to have it under my belt as reference, as well as for reading cred The work also appeased my guilt over having been so 20th 21st century in my reading habits lately, and I amthan ready to venture elsewhere.As hinted at previously, this work reads very much as if someone took the characteristics of a Shakespeare play and stretched and strained it into the shape of a novel There s some genre bending involved that made The Italian into something not quite history, not quite tragedy,not quite romantic comedy, that makes for something rather stilted but, ultimately, necessary stepping stone from The Spanish Tragedy to, say, Jane Eyre The strongest aspect of all this, in my mind, was the character of Schedoni, which mixes the character of Iago and Macbeth into something that most closely approximates the complexities of a human being and is a direct ancestor of Raskalnikov, the Byronic hero, and the Count of Monte Cristo I wasn t surprised, then, when I wiki d this work and saw that a whole section was devoted to the menacing monk, as a civilization continuously won over by Milton s Satan is doomed to infatuation with the believable flawed, with all the mysteries of their tortured ego driving the majority of the plot Comparatively, all the other characters pale into rote archetypal roles, as there are no foils when, out of the many names and characterizations, only one struts and starts and stares as we do at the record of our various temptations and respective indulgences.The fact that I, raised Catholic, can read and passively put behind me what amounts to a load of anti Catholic propaganda attests to both my own atheism and the changing fads of hatred Anti Catholic sentiment certainly has had an effect on the US, judging by the religious layouts of past presidents, and likely continues to play a role in other countries, but it seems rather pointless to confront it when there are so manypressing identity politics issues it wouldn t be identity politics if there weren t people who wanted me dead because of my identity, fuckercunts to reckon with Much has changed in the 222 years since this was first published, and at times reading this was akin to observing a living fossil with all its relevant irrelevancies Barring the totaling of my eyesight, it was a worthwhile experienceBut, if you be afraid to hear the worst,Then let the worst, unheard, fall on your head Shakespeare Ann Radcliffe s novel is one of the landmarks of the early gothic novel, and a basic sketch of the plot shows us why aristocrat Vivaldi falls in love with the lovely Ellena, a girl without title or money, and his family conspires to go to any lengths to keep them apart, eventually involving the sinister and amoral monk Schedoni in their plans Vivaldi and Ellena are sympathetic enough, but Schedoni steals the show, as all great villains do murder, blackmail, false accusations, family abandonme Ann Radcliffe s novel is one of the landmarks of the early gothic novel, and a basic sketch of the plot shows us why aristocrat Vivaldi falls in love with the lovely Ellena, a girl without title or money, and his family conspires to go to any lengths to keep them apart, eventually involving the sinister and amoral monk Schedoni in their plans Vivaldi and Ellena are sympathetic enough, but Schedoni steals the show, as all great villains do murder, blackmail, false accusations, family abandonment, and all around scheming only begin his list of accomplishments.Just as fascinating is to see the oh so English Radcliffe s view of Italy, a land of compelling horror for many in Northern Europe Catholic nations were seen as claustrophobic, secretive, and treacherous, a dispiriting atmosphere set up in the prologue, when a group of English tourists see a barbarous muderer slinking through the shadows of a gloomy church the tourists are aghast to discover that the criminal has claimed sanctuary and thus cannot be touched by the law Once the plot itself begins to unfold, we find that Vivaldi, that noble youth, might as well be named an honorary Englishman and Protestant, as he questions Catholic doctrines, thinks for himself, and has a loftiness of character a desire for justice and freedom that is blocked continuously by the feudal oppression of the Catholic church One of the climaxes of The Italian comes when Vivaldi is arrested by the Inquisition, a subplot worthy of Kafka s The Trial The Inquisition occupies acres of subterranean tunnels and chambers beneath Rome, a literal and figurative labyrinth Vivaldi begs to know what he has been charged with, but perversely, until he confesses he cannot be told The inscrutable rules and obscure customs used by the Inquisitors never fully make sense, even when Vivaldi is eventually freed by those with agendas opposed to Schedoni s For Vivaldi and Ellena s sake, let s hope they became Protestants and moved to England