The Mysteries of Udolpho

Title: The Mysteries of Udolpho
Author: Ann Radcliffe
Finished: July 23, 2008
Pages: 704
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publish Year: 2001
ISBN: 0140437592

Not only is it on the 1,001 Books list but also referenced in The Jane Austen Book Club and I wanted to understand more fully what the references meant and how they applied.
Udolpho is this mysterious castle hidden away from the world and everyone is scared of it, including Emily, who is also intrigued by the nature of this forbidden place. At first I wasn’t sure if I would actually enjoy the story, not one for ghosts in castles, but the more I read the more I wondered what was going on and the stories, plus all the little hints to the past and Emily’s father. By the time the story ended I felt fulfilled by the revelations and not at all let down by the workings of Udolpho and other mysteries within the story.


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