Sheridan Le Fanu’s most celebrated novel In Uncle Silas, Maud Ruthyn, the young, naïve heroine, is plagued by Madame de la Rougierre from. Uncle Silas. J. Sheridan Le Fanu. This web edition published by [email protected] Adelaide. Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at To the best of our. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.

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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through sllas support? There is unclw and some genuinely creepy moments. Or does his eschewing of the supernatural and his suspect treatment of Jews, Methodists, and Swedenborgians signal a disdain for all religious observance? I’m a huge fan of LeFanu’s classic ghost stories, and it was a revelation to me that he could sustain such a pitch of suspense over an entire novel.

Maud, an heiress, falls under the power of her uncle Silas after her father’s death–this is a man she’s never known, who was accused of murder as a young man but who appears to have reformed and found religion. Not all loose ends were tied together satsfactorily, such as what was Madame’s connection with Dudley and Silas Ruthyn? Le Fanu relies on mood and atmosphere to get the job done. It’s also a still-readable tale of creeping dread as a sickly house guest drains the life out of the daughter of a family she has been palmed off on.

Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic spirit lives on

Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction: Learn more about Amazon Prime. She is relieved when it emerges that Dudley is already marriedand when, after being disowned by his father, he and his wife leave to set sail from Liverpool to New York. Sep 13, Sean rated it really liked it Shelves: There are also strong connections between Uncle Silas and some of Wilkie Collins ‘ novels, especially The Woman in White ; both writers, while recognisably within the Gothic tradition, depict heroines who are far more highly developed than the persecuted maidens of Ann Radcliffe and others.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It was winter – that is, about the second week in November – and great gusts were rattling at the windows, and wailing and thundering among our tall trees and ivied chimneys – a very dark night I enjoyed the dark and sinister atmosphere of the novel, and I loved the “lock room mystery”.

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Shortly afterwards, Maud’s father dies and her Uncle Silas, a marginalized member of the family, is made her sole guardian at the protest of her cousin. Maybe I should embrace the lingering doubts and open questions.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Silas is discovered in the morning lying dead of an opium overdose, while Dudley becomes a fugitive and is thought to be hiding in Australia.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. This time through, since enough years had passed since I’d first read it, I can say that the flip flip flipping, the pounding heart, knotted stomach, and the feeling that everything else could just go to hell for a little while uncls I finished the book happened all over again.

Maud initially finds life at Bartram-Haugh strange but not unpleasant, despite ominous signs such as the uniformly unfriendly servants and a malevolent factotum of Silas’s, the one-legged Dickon Hawkes. Considering the time period it was written in and the fact that it is a famous ‘gothic’ horror novel I was braced for fainting and hysterical heroines, supernatural mysteries and a plot improbable enough to make Walpole proud the author of The Castle of Otranto.


Honestly, it’s killing me to keep quiet about it, but as I said, not a word. Overall, a good gothic tale. Sep 20, Laura rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Probably much more silass the characters I loved the setting.

I enjoyed reading a longer length book as those I have been reading have been shorter and less involved. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Excellent author of suspenseful tales. Since completeing the novel which was entertaining I can’t help but wonder if the author couldn’t have raised the tension further by not portraying Madame as so very unattractive.

May 12, Kathrin rated it really liked it Shelves: I can’t say I’ve often wondered what the offspring of the movie Deliverance and Bronte’s Wuthering Heights might resemble.

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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. For me, it doesn’t work. I have two different editions: But it is more psychologically creepy …more If your experience is like mine you have trouble putting it down after a certain point, so maybe in lee sense.

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Despicable Madame does things like threaten to break pinkies to get her way. One of these items ships sooner than the other.