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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Uncle Silas by J. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. One of the most significant and intriguing Gothic novels of the Victorian period and is enjoyed today as a modern psychological thriller. The narrator, Maud Ruthyn, is a 17 year old orphan left in the care of her fearful uncle, Silas. To One of the most significant and intriguing Gothic novels of the Victorian period and is enjoyed today as a modern psychological thriller.
Together with his boorish son and a sinister French governess, Silas plots to kill Maud and claim her fortune. The novel established Le Fanu as a master of horror fiction. PaperbackPenguin Classicspages. Published June 1st by Penguin Books first published December BryerlyDickon HawkesMilly Ruthyn To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions fnu Uncle Silasplease sign up. Elizabeth Stephens One of my top 5 favorite books of all time. If you’ve read anything by Jackson this is very much HER stylistically. Very reminiscent of The Haunting …more One of my top 5 favorite books of all time.
Joyce Xilas Oates less. Will I still be able to sleep? Kathleen Flynn If your experience is like mine you have trouble putting it down after a certain point, so maybe in that sense. 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 that sense.
But it is more psychologically creepy than supernatural-scary. Even unclr there are evil omens and hints of ghosts, etc. The way it’s told, you know she survives — the real mystery lies in how.
See all 4 questions about Vanu Silas…. Lists with This Book. Mar 10, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it Shelves: There are not many thrills in Uncle Silasbut the thrills themselves are indeed thrilling, and Le Fanu knows exactly how to administer lr by the dollop, occasionally with an eye-dropper—in order to make sure fxnu the reader does not become jaded and is prepared to enjoy every thrill all the way till the end.
One of the reasons Le Fanu succeeds so well is the nature of his villain. As a matter of fact, he is almost his villainous opposite. I suspect this might have been La Fanu’s intention. Silas is a small man of small ambitions, a hypocritical sociopath who hides behind the bible, an opium addict and an invalid, and yet in his own quiet way, he is just as dangerous as the Count. If the Count is like an aging lion, then Silas resembles more closely a poisonous spider.
Even when his intentions seem benign, faanu know in our hearts that they are not, and consequently we continue to fear for Maude even in the midst of the comic interludes in the second third of the novel. Even if we cannot see the spider spinning, we know he–and his poisonous bite–is still there. View all 18 comments. I had such high expectations for this old classic that seemed almost impossible to fank my hands unle.
I loved the sound of the premise: I was concerned for her safety among a whole slew of suspicious characters. The introduction promised this was the perfect read for a cold winter night.
I did enjoy the richly developed characters and the wonderfully creepy atmosphere the author created. View all 4 comments.
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Ganu 12, Bilbo Baggins rated it it was amazing. There was so much depth and darkness to this book, but it also had so much joy and it was funny! I found my self laughing outloud tons of times! I was so freaked out while I was reading it! Along with this amazing plot, the characters were fabulous!
Maud, the main character, was so relatable to me. View all 3 comments. Oct 03, Hannah rated it liked it Shelves: Although I’ll never have the intellectual reading prowess to make a sustained diet of 19th lle literature, I’ve tried over the years to add more of it into my kncle sphere. There is a richness and a depth to it that isn’t duplicated in modern literature, IMO. While I can’t yet compare it to those giants of gothic literature l Rating Clarification: While I can’t yet compare it to those giants of gothic literature like The Woman in White or The Mysteries of Udolpho both of which remain future reads for meI can say that this novel was personally more enjoyable then Wuthering Heightsbut less so then my all time favorite, Jane Eyre.
I mean, how could anything beat Jane Eyre? Uncle Silas has all the hallmarks of a Victorian gothic melodrama: Our heroine will be rewarded for her efforts with the penultimate Victorian prize of marriage and motherhood hide spoiler ].
If at times my modern sensibilities railed over a swooning sjlas dithering heroine with her “woe-is-me” attitude and her inability to see the writing on the wall, there were just as many other times that I cheered her spunk and “can-do” attitude, and praised the uhcle writer who would write her so. Ucnle is a well developed and page turning novel at the ucle and in the final 4 chapters.
I felt the middle section dragged with material that didn’t advance the plot, but that’s probably due to my impatience with Victorian literature in general.
I would recommend Uncle Silas to those interested in exploring this period and this genre. View all 26 comments. Sep 30, Alex rated it really liked it Shelves: Are Gothic novels respectable?
Let’s talk about it. Would this be a good unlce to sit backwards on my chair? Fuck yes it would, Let’s Get Real. They take place in a heightened world.
They’re not meant to be seen as realistic. But that doesn’t mean they’re less serious.
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Okay, look, not many books can stand next to The Way We Live Now, whose best character, Marie Melmotte, turns out to have more agency and strength than we gave her credit for. Poor dear Maud, in this book, spends an awful lot of time being shuttled about helplessly. 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 fznu it.
The Final Girl is often passive through most of the story; always virginal; and always the last person standing, finally taking action to defeat the monster. That last bit often comes with a twist. It’s worthy literature, damsel and all.
The hysterical reality of the Gothic and its trademark squicky parts can make reading it more fun, while you think about the same real issues brought up in more realistic books. Uncle Silas is one of the better Gothics. It’s a terrific example of all its tropes executed well – the spooky old estate here is wonderful, one of the great spooky old estates.
There are two great characters, Silas and Madame de la Rougierre. It hangs together and the ending works. View all 9 comments. Oct 12, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the most frightening book I have ever read.
This book, however, is horrifying. Too often, writers and directors of horror regie solely slas blood and gore to convey fear. For me, it doesn’t work.
All it conveys is a love of gory. Such gore might not make me hungry, but it doesn’t scare me.
Le Fanu relies on mood and atmosphere to get the job done. He also This is the most frightening book I have ever read. He also relies on one other key thing, and it is this that really gets uncl job of creating the tension and fear. That ingredient is Knowledge.