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The Mysteries of Udolpho
The Mysteries of Udolpho | Ann Radcliffe
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Follow the fortunes of Emily St. Aubert who suffers, among other misadventures, the death of her father, supernatural terrors in a gloomy castle, and the machinations of an Italian brigand. Considered by many to be the first "Gothic" novel.
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LitsyHappenings
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Repost for @jenniferw88 :

New game!

Post a picture of the 5 books someone would need to put in a pentogram to summon you with the hashtag #mypentogrambooks and tag me @jenniferw88 in order to win litsy influence (I can't really do shipping costs at the mo, so I will repost some of your posts for a week in order to increase your litsy profile). Ends when I reach 250k (currently at 210k, so a while to go!)

jenniferw88 Thank you! 3w
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jenniferw88
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New game!

Post a picture of the 5 books someone would need to put in a pentogram to summon you with the hashtag #mypentogrambooks and tag me @jenniferw88 in order to win litsy influence (I can't really do shipping costs at the mo, so I will repost some of your posts for a week in order to increase your litsy profile). Ends when I reach 250k (currently at 210k, so a while to go!)

@LitsyHappenings can you share please?

Laughterhp Sounds like fun! 1mo
BookwormAHN Nice idea 🌟 1mo
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AnneCecilie
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#CastleontheHill #WanderingJune

The medieval fortress, Udolpho, is located on a hill, if I remember correctly

BarbaraBB Did you enjoy this book? 5mo
AnneCecilie @BarbaraBB Yes, I did. The story drew me in, and I would definitely read more of her books 5mo
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GhostStories
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Another year, another library sale. This round: mostly cheap gothic romances. YES!!! 👄🏰😱

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LadyRuthven
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Well, life has been busy so I'm still on this book. Running behind of my goal but not giving up. It's been good so far. I hope to finish it up now that I'm taking time off for Spring Break. She was a talented author for sure.

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The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness. Store it with ideas, teach it the pleasure of thinking; and the temptations of the world without, will be counteracted by the gratifications derived from the world within.
Ann Radcliffe- Mysteries of Udolpho

BookNAround What a cutie patootie! 8mo
Breely Thank you! 8mo
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Settings
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Been on the to-read list for like 20 years.

This one has like 3.38 on Librarything, which seems to stem in part from a dislike of weepy virtuous-type characters again. Idk, I kinda prefer them. Emily tries hard to be a decent human being and stick to her principles. She isn't weak.

Librivox audiobooks are free, but this is my worst experience with one. Some of the readers mispronounce words or have background noise.

Settings Realizing the low rating might be because one member gave it 1 star multiple times. 9mo
Lcsmcat @Settings That shouldn‘t happen. I don‘t understand what a reviewer gains from deliberately trying to lower the rating. Did they have a book out titled “Why the Mysteries of Udolpho Sucks” and need to drum up readership? It just seems juvenile. (edited) 9mo
Liz_M For me it was the fainting. And the amateur poetry, had to knock a star off for the poetry 😁 9mo
sprainedbrain I listened to a really good version read by Karen Cass. I found it on Scribd. ❤️ 9mo
Settings @Liz_M Yeah lol. Sometimes I'd forget there were literary quotes at the beginning of each chapter and I'd be like "what is this vastly improved writing?". Still liked it though. :P 8mo
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sprainedbrain
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I probably never would have finished this book if it wasn‘t for the excellent audiobook.

Holy buckets, Ms. Radcliffe could go on! And clearly this book wasn‘t edited in the least. It‘s long, y‘all. It gets convoluted and outlandish, but somehow it was still never boring. 🤔 The Scooby-Doo wrap-up ending was almost too much, but I loved the gothic, creepy castle vibes and the love story. Just call me Catherine Morland. 😂

⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

batsy "Scooby-Doo wrap-up ending" ?? Now more than ever I want to read this! 10mo
Gezemice Well now, that sounds like fun. I should look for the audio! 10mo
Tamra That is funny! I wish my library had the audio version. 10mo
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Emilymdxn I felt just the same! I loved the audiobook but not sure if I could have survived physically reading it 10mo
Daisey Agreed! I listened to this and also skimmed through on Serial Reader, and constantly thought it would take forever and be less compelling if I read in print. 10mo
sprainedbrain @batsy @Gezemice @Tamra I got this version for free with my free trial of Kobo. 😉 10mo
sprainedbrain @Emilymdxn @Daisey I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me! I was going nowhere fast with the kindle version. 😜 10mo
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Liatrek
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I love when reading one book ( Northanger Abbey) leads you to discover a new book to add to your TBR pile. Catherine and Isabella seem to love it so I‘ll have to give this a read in the future 😊 What are some books that lead you to read another book referenced?

ravenlee Constant references in this book made me want to read Dombey and Sons and Ivanhoe (which was already on my TBR), and glad I had read Jane Eyre. 13mo
Birdsong28 I didn't realise it was a 'real' book until someone on here was reading it, I thought it was just a made up book for the story. So I had to add it to my already massive TBR lol!!😂😂 13mo
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bookwrm526
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Mehso-so

For #PrinceOfJuly #letsgocrazy I immediately thought of this book - in true gothic style, the main character is unsure if she is going crazy, or being driven to desperation by her supposed caretakers, or if something more sinister is occurring. I didn‘t like this one quite as much as I have others in the genre, but it was still pretty creepy, like this old picture of my cat in our previous apartment! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Creepy 💜💜 1y
Reggie That photo is already giving me nightmares!!! Lol 1y
EllanaRose One of my favourite books ever. I'm glad you liked it, even if you didn't love it 1y
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bookwrm526 @Reggie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This is how he greeted us most days when we got home from work! 1y
vkois88 Lol my cat used to do that... except it would be dark and you'd ONLY see eyes 😂😂😂 1y
SilversReviews Love this photo...I don‘t know the book, though. 1y
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Laura317
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Yesterday, a friend and I went to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Manor outside Nashville, TN. There was beautiful gardens, and one cool little library. Seems this book was everywhere back in the day.

Sace Ah ha! There you are! I forgot who mentioned this and drove me to a blame it on Litsy moment. 1y
Laura317 @RestlessFickleBookHoarder 🤣 I‘m just here to help out. 😜 1y
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jenniferw88
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Day 6 of books that changed my life. Yes I know it's another 18th century book but this one led me to my MA dissertation topic and my love of the Gothic genre.

Tagging @TrishB if you'd like to join in.

#Booksthatchangedmylife

TrishB I think I started this and then just forget!! 1y
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EllanaRose
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Reading an ARC for #FangirlFriday but not saying what it is until tomorrow!
In the meantime, have a reminder about #HyperUdolpho

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EllanaRose
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#HyperUdolpho begins! Yay!

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EllanaRose
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Tomorrow I'll be reading an ARC for the return of #FangirlFriday! Yay! Not saying which ARC, you'll have to read the blog post to find out.
In the meantime, have a reminder about #HyperUdolpho which also starts on Friday.

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EllanaRose
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The Hyper RPG book club on Goodreads is doing a 15 week read along of The Mysteries of Udolpho starting June 1st. Come join us!
#HyperUdolpho

Daisey I read this last year and enjoyed it so much more than I expected! 1y
EllanaRose @Daisey - I adore it. Fancy rereading it with us? 1y
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Librarybelle
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Not #horror per se, but more gothic in nature. I‘m still reading this from last year and hope to get back to it soon! When library books, book discussion books and other “must read first” books get in the way, sometimes books find themselves going to the bottom of the pile....#maylovesclassics

TheReadingMermaid ❤️ gothis style novels 1y
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AnneCecilie
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Count Montoni is the #villain in this gothic classic #litsyclassics

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Emilymdxn
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I recommend SO much! I was intimidated because it was so long and from the eighteenth century, I was sure it would be difficult to read, but it turned out to be the most exciting book I‘ve read in ages. It was a genuine page turner and I totally forgot how old it was most of the time.

Yes the heroine was old fashioned - very gentle and lots of fainting - but still believable, brave and stood up for what she believed in. Pleasantly surprised.

Emilymdxn Hiding this in comments cause spoilers - the fact that the heroine would send the love of her life away because of how he‘d been acting, and maintain her standards and self belief even though she was devastated without him, and take him back on her terms only when he proved he could make her happy, was something I very rarely see in books this old. Their love story was so emotional and really got me in the heart 💓 2y
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Emilymdxn
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#25infive challenge officially completed! That puts me at nearly 26 hours in five days and I am SO proud of myself. I hope everyone who took part feels proud of themselves too - the most important bit wasn‘t the numbers we managed it was talking about it together (god I sound gooey). Well done to everyone who took part!

britt_brooke Nicely done! 2y
Pamwurtzler Nice!! 2y
JoScho 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
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wanderinglynn Congrats! 🎉👏🏻🙌🏻 2y
Emilymdxn @britt_brooke @Pamwurtzler @JoScho @wanderinglynn thanks guys! You all make me feel so supported ily all 💖💖💖 2y
Andrew65 You smashed the 25 hours. Congratulations 🎈💐🎉🍾🥂😊🎈💐🎉🍾🥂🙌😊🎉🎈💐🍾🥂🙌 2y
Emilymdxn @Andrew65 thanks so much! For your congratulations and your amazing emoji-craft 2y
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Emilymdxn
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I genuinely can‘t remember the last time I found a book this exciting! I can feel a gothic literature phase coming on...

rwmg Have you got to the black veil? 2y
Emilymdxn @rwmg yeah and I know it covers something *shocking* but haven‘t been shown what it is yet! 2y
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Emilymdxn
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#25infive two days in! 7 hours today on top of 6 yesterday so 13 in total so far which I‘m pleased with. Finished the History of Western Philosophy and moved on to the Mysteries of Udolpho!

Andrew65 Brilliant, you are over halfway! 🙌 2y
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Iceangel9
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Pickpick

One of the classic Gothic romances, mentioned by Austen in Northanger Abbey.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Panpan

This book felt never ending. Reading it reminded me of watching long-running soap operas: recycled plots, change of locales (because only so much can happen in Pine Valley... erm... one place), long lost characters coming back. Just yesterday I told my wife that all that was missing were pirates and lo and behold, today we have pirates! In short, this book has the gothic equivalent of everything but the kitchen sink.

Andrea4 😂😂😂 2y
TrishB Great review 😁 2y
JSW 😂😂 Pretty sure this was the soap opera of its day. 2y
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cherinium Thanks for the chuckle! 😆 2y
WanderingBookaneer @dgingo : Finally finished! Here are my 2¢. I just noticed you had liked the post. Sorry! (edited) 2y
dgingo @WanderingBookaneer Don‘t be sorry! I appreciate you thinking to tag me! And, kudos for finishing! 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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I am so behind on this book!

JillPill How're you liking it? It sounds really interesting 2y
PurpleyPumpkin I‘m so behind on it too! But I‘m determined to finish it... at some point this year. 😜 2y
WanderingBookaneer @JillPill : I‘m not a huge fan of the melodrama in gothic fiction, but it hasn‘t been too bad. 2y
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WanderingBookaneer @PurpleyPumpkin : I‘m reading it for #AroundTheYearIn52Books . The new week starts tomorrow. I want to finish it today, but I‘ll be ok if I finish it tomorrow or Tuesday. 2y
PurpleyPumpkin Ah, yes, it‘s a good gothic novel pick. I started reading it for #udolphoread, but wasn‘t able to get through it. That was a few months ago. 😬 2y
dgingo Let us know what you think. I was assigned to read it in grad school, but I never finished it—our professor introduced it by saying, “it‘s really long and slow, and not that engaging, and not really that good, but it‘s important, so read it by next week.” 🙄#NotAllProfessorsAreGoodProfessors 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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I picked this one up because I needed to read a #GothicNovel for #AroundTheYearIn52Books and I knew it had been influential to Austen when writing Northanger Abbey. As this was all I knew of the novel I decided to Google its plot and found this character description in Wikipedia. The last line is priceless.

VanChocStrawberry 😂😂😂😂 2y
JacqMac 😂 2y
KaatjeH 🤣😂 2y
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Megara
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@SerialReader 🙌 If anyone wants to be friends on this #app, let me know. 😊

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Megara
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Megara @TheBookDream if you haven‘t already, you should check this app out. 2y
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DebinHawaii
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Progress Update: Good golly! How come no one told me this was an almost 600 page book?!?! 🤣I obviously did not pay attention when I got it from Serial Reader and thought it was shorter. 80 issues read and still 46 issues to go, so it won't be finished until next year. I don't know if I would have stuck with it except in a chapter a day format, but I'm actually enjoying it in all its gothic-ness. 👍📚

TommieMarie74 Do you like Serial Reader? I was thinking of trying it out. 2y
Leniverse Haha, yes that's a 600 page book that feels like 800. So many twists and turns, it just goes on and on. 😂 But it is oddly enjoyable. 2y
StaceyKondla @TommieMarie74 - I just started using Serial Reader and I like it. It's kind of fun reading classics in bite sized pieces and knowing exactly how many days it will take you to finish. I actually think it helps me read more because it's a great use of 10minutes here and there. 2y
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DebinHawaii @TommieMarie74 Yes! What @StaceyKondla said! I have read six serials of varying sizes plus this one and I love it. Each issue is about 10-12 minutes of reading a day and it encourages you with messages & badges that make it fun. It is great for getting to the classics you want to read but keep putting off. 👍👍📚 2y
DebinHawaii @Leniverse I like that! "Oddly enjoyable" is a great way to describe it! ??? 2y
CatLass007 I think Serial Reader is terrific! It‘s a great way to read the classics. 2y
TommieMarie74 @StaceyKondla @DebinHawaii @CatLass007 Thanks!! Sometimes it‘s hard to get those classics in. They aren‘t always as easy to devour as newer books. think I‘ll give it a shot! 😊❤️📚 2y
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AudreyMorris
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I plowed through the last 80 pages of this yesterday! I found it to be quite different from many female-authored and female-heroine books of that time (written late 18th century, admittedly my read list is not long for then). The women in this book do have some agency--and sure sometimes it leads to bad choices--but it is refreshing nonetheless. #udolphoread #1001books

Liz_M Fascinating, I have no memory of the main character's agency, but do remember her fainting a lot. 2y
AudreyMorris @Liz_M she refused to marry two different men, despite the efforts of those around her. She snuck around a lot to try to learn more, and was instrumental in getting the prisoner freed. Her aunt also used what power she had to preserve her properties for Emily. And yes lots of swooning and tiring poetry. 2y
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Leniverse
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A gothic soap opera of excessive length and melodrama, and preposterous plot twists. The good characters spout great lengths of poetry whenever they behold nature. The men react emotionally by pacing in agitation or weeping manfully, the women by sitting down and weeping sweetly or by becoming insensible and collapsing in a swoon. And yet it is a pick, and a very entertaining one at that. 😂
#UdolphoRead

PurpleyPumpkin Excellent review! I‘m still working my way through this. I might just finish before the end of the year!😳 2y
Leniverse @PurpleyPumpkin You can do it! I alternated reading with listening to the LibriVox recording. Some of the readers are not great, so I wouldn't do the whole thing as audio, but it certainly helped me maintain momentum through the many twisting mountain passages. 2y
PurpleyPumpkin I‘ve also found that alternating between paper and audio helpful. But for this book, I‘ve been reading via Serial Reader. It helps to read it in bite-size pieces everyday. Unfortunately, I haven‘t kept to the daily routine which is why I‘ve fallen behind. But I haven‘t given up yet! 2y
DeleteAcct Perfect description! 😂 2y
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AudreyMorris
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I love the old spellings in this book! I wish I had kept a list--some have been a struggle, but once figured out I feel stupid lol 😂🤣

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Librarybelle
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#UdolphoRead readers: I just posted two questions under the spoiler. One final question, and I know some of you have answered this partially: Did you like or dislike the book? Would you recommend it?

Thanks for reading!

Daisey I enjoyed this book much more than I expected in the beginning. I would recommend it, but only selectively due to the length and language, for readers I know enjoy classics. 2y
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Librarybelle
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jenniferw88 I think it's because it's mentioned in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey & after reading that, fans may be tempted to read it to see what the fuss is about. 2y
AnneCecilie I think that @jenniferw88 has a valid point, but at the same time the novel is accessible and during some parts quite the page turner. 2y
jenniferw88 @AnneCecilie that too! 😂😉😂 2y
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Librarybelle
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AnneCecilie At the end of volume 3, I was still a little confused by what the mysteries were. By the end of volume 4, I think that all the mysteries are wrapped up. And all the gothic elements are also explained with natural causes. 2y
GA_Bookworm07 How did u make this exactly? 2y
Librarybelle @AvidBookWorm02 I used the PicCollage app and chose the freestyle option 2y
Daisey @AnneCecilie I agree! As I got closer to the end, I really wasn‘t sure the story was going to answer all my questions, but it did. 2y
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AnneCecilie
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I'm so glad I've finally read this novel. This is the story of Emily St Albert who is kept against her will at Udolpho, and the mysteries there. Described as a gothic novel, the story is filled with ghosts, unexplained music and other sounds. During parts of the story, it's a real page-turner, and I can only imagine how it must have been for a reader in 1794. #udolphoread

rubyslippersreads I'm glad you liked it. Even though I got behind on the #udolphoread, I'll add it to my #litsyclassics list. 😊 2y
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Librarybelle
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Today is the last official day of #UdolphoRead ! I will post final discussion questions tomorrow.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Aleida Great cover. Where is that, does it say? 2y
Librarybelle @Aleida I haven‘t noticed, I‘m afraid! But, it fits the book well, I think. 2y
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I tried to create a family tree for all of us, but it's just too complicated! Here is a quote that tries to explain the relationships.

I've raised my rating to 5 ⭐ (previously 4 ⭐) as I really enjoyed doing the #UdolphoRead with all of you! Thanks @Librarybelle for organising!

Librarybelle Hooray! Glad you liked the reread. And thank you for all of the insight throughout the reading! 2y
DeleteAcct I enjoyed it as well. It was my first time reading it and will definitely do a reread in the future. @Librarybelle 2y
Librarybelle @Rachbb3 ❤️ Glad you enjoyed it! 2y
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AudreyMorris
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Made it to volume 4 last night! Just 160 pages to go, I am really going to finish this monster. #udolphoread #1001books

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Leniverse
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Visiting the in-laws this weekend, so there won't be much #LitsyPartyofOne for me. We're also going out for a Bonfire Night fireworks display tomorrow evening. But I'm managing to get in some after dinner tea and kindle while the others are watching the telly.

#UdolphoRead here I come! Or... not Udolpho but that other even more mysterious chateau. I think the book should be called The Mysteries of Emily. They seem to follow her, lute and all.

julesG Enjoy Bonfire Night. Sadly my friend with the Scottish husband in the BFG is not in Germany this weekend, otherwise we'd have joined in. 2y
Daisey I agree with your comment about the mysteries following Emily. I actually was thinking about this aspect of the title quite a bit when they left Udolpho and I realized how much of the book I still had left to read. 2y
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AnneCecilie
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Finished this novel on Serial Reader last night. But I had some technical problems in the beginning and bought a physical copy as well. In the introduction today's word showed up, #cliche
#quotsynov17

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Leniverse
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Am I the only one who is amused that anteroom is spelled anti-room throughout the book? 😄 (Yes, I am sometimes easy to keep entertained.)
#UdolphoRead

julesG That's funny. 😁 2y
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Leniverse
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Really? The book isn't long enough? Now we need to digress into reading the stories the characters are reading? 😂 This is getting almost as bad as Varney the Vampire! 😂 (Now there's a book that could have been edited down by at least a third.) #UdolphoRead

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AnneCecilie
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Just finished this, so now I'm ready for our discussion on Sunday. I'll post a review once I've managed to gather my thoughts
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Thank you @Librarybelle for organizing this #udolphoread

rubyslippersreads I'm so behind on this, I may catch up next year for the Classics challenge @sarah83 is hosting. 😊 @Librarybelle 2y
Librarybelle You‘re welcome, @AnneCecilie ! 2y
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Leniverse
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While Emily has been imprisoned at Udolpho and subject to all sorts of pressure and threats, Valecourt has lived a debauched existence in Paris and gambled himself into debts he admits he will never get out of. But he still thinks Emily should stick by him and get her happiness from supporting and reforming him. Her refusal (Good on you, Emily!) to do so must be due to some other influence, not because of his own pitiful conduct. 🙄 #UdolphoRead

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Daisey
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I didn‘t plan to finish this book today, but when I came home I needed to know how it all wrapped up in the end, so I finished it with some Halloween candy. I enjoyed this book with all its intertwined locations and characters much more than I expected!

Thanks, @Librarybelle for giving me the motivation to get through this great gothic read.

#UdolphoRead #audiobook #SerialReader

Librarybelle Thank you for taking part! 2y
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