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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It was easy to get into the right mood as there were some scary parts in-between and the suspense kept going. While some of the servants are rude and difficult, Maud finds her Uncle kind to begin with, although silaz sees little of him. The reader knows, but Silaz doesn’t, what is going to happen. View all 26 comments. I wanted to know more about the resemblances between questionable actors at Knowl and Bartram-Haugh. Le Fanu excels in characterization and in slowly molding his characters into either a standard of virtue as hncle does for poor little Maude, or a model of villainy as he does for the title character.

A liar, bully, and spy, when Madame leaves the house, she takes her dark secret with her. What Maud is, though, is she’s a perfect example of a Final Girl, who for some reason is associated mainly with slasher films although the Gothic novel totally invented it.

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I can’t say I’ve often wondered what the offspring of the movie Deliverance and Bronte’s Wuthering Heights might resemble. It’s worthy literature, damsel and all. The narrator, Maud Ruthyn, is a 17 year old orphan left in the care of her fearful uncle, Silas.

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 Oct 08, Paul rated it it was amazing. One of a half dozen or so nineteenth-century novels still read for pleasure rather than as a school exercise, Uncle Silas is the Victorian mystery story par excellence, displaying both Le Fanu’s considerable narrative ability and his emotional power.


Despite strong protest by Maud, Madame is charged with accompanying her first to London, and then on to Dover and across the Channel. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

But that doesn’t mean they’re less serious. He presents himself as a victim to society and mourns the bad situation his chil-dren are supposed to live with.

I have two different editions: He studied law at Trinity, but neglected the bar in favour of journalism and fiction. This post is a huge departure from my norm, since I won’t give up a single detail here, nor will I provide even the slightest hints, because first-time readers should stay away from anything about Uncle Silas that will reveal its contents either before or during your reading of this novel.

What in the world’s really wrong with these people? Published June 1st by Penguin Books first published December They take place in a heightened world. Uncle Silas remains Le Fanu’s best-known novel. Millie, his daughter, is a kind of noble savage capable of reform, while Dudley is patently beyond redemption even if he does eventually show some remorse.

The Woman in White Penguin Classics. View all 13 comments. An entertaining mid-Victorian gothic tale that focuses more on the psychology of predator and victim than on the creepy elements, although they are all there.

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Slias is periodically subject to mysterious catatonic fits, attributed to his massive opium consumption. Milly’s a very funny character.

Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic spirit lives on

Refresh and try again. Elizabeth Stephens One of my top 5 favorite books of all time. Various ominous happenings begin to take place at Bartram-Haugh; it becomes increasingly difficult for Maud and Millicent to find any route out of the estate; meanwhile, Dudley’s courtship culminates in a marriage proposition to Maud; when she confronts Silas about it, he attempts to coax her into accepting.


For the first hour or so I had a hard time with a male narrator since the MC, Maud is a young girl but he did the other voices so well and I got used to him as Maud’s voice. Mysterious characters and motivations. I do think a talented female narrator might have been a better choice but overall great audio.

He dies and places her in the guardianship of her Uncle Silas. English Choose a language for shopping. One of the most striking points about this book is that apart from a few scattered incidents and a wonderfully melodramatic ending very little happens! Despicable Madame does things like threaten to break pinkies to get he I can’t say I’ve often wondered what the offspring of the movie Deliverance and Bronte’s Wuthering Heights might resemble.

However, a few factors stop this tale from being all it could be. The appearance of the three figures on the doorway at Bartram-Haugh would perfectly make one of those gorgeous Victorian illustrations. This is now one of my favorites. May 12, Kathrin rated it really liked it Shelves: Victorian authors used too many adjectives and run-on sentences.

Uncle Silas has all the hallmarks of a Victorian gothic melodrama: I did enjoy the richly developed characters and the wonderfully creepy atmosphere the author created. But it is more psychologically creepy than supernatural-scary.

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