Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

Rating: 2/5

A bunch of histrionic caricatures run around a haunted castle and a church. I chose to read this book because I'm interested in the genre and this is supposedly the first gothic novel written in English. I hope the rest are more engaging. We have little description of the environs, and not much background on the characters, except what is given in dialogue as part of the story. It makes for a shallow read. Everybody seems ridiculous and overly ruled by emotion. Meh.

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