I have to write up some thoughts on The Monk for RIP X. I wrote so many words about it already. I did five wrap up posts for the Monkalong.
The Saga of Raymond/Alphonso
Ambrosio is the Worst
Stupider and Stupider
The Final Monkening
Those posts spoil everything, so if you want to know all the crazy stuff that happens but don’t want to read the book, I got you.
The Monk by Matthew G Lewis is about a monk who does a lot of very bad, bad things. He’s not very good at doing the bad, bad things. There is also a Pregnant Nun and her lover trying to get together. Plus: a ghost nun, the devil, bandits, a magic mirror, a lustful baroness, lots of crazy women and grief stricken men. I read that Matthew G Lewis played with gender by making the men weak and the women strong. Interesting, but it was still a frustrating book at times.
Also heads up: there’s some rape in this story. It’s all couched in purple prose, but it’s there.
And so many poems and songs. So many.
This is one of the books that launched the gothic novel trend. Written in 1796 by 19 year old Lewis in ten weeks, it’s not great writing. All the stuff that makes a great gothic novel is there though. It’s bonkers!
If you do decide to read The Monk, I suggest reading it with a friend or two. You will want to talk about it with someone.
|This will be you, if you have no one to talk to about it.|
*graphic by Abigail Larson