I just finished another "classic." The Monk by Matthew Lewis was first published in 1796. I started this book expecting it to be slow and rather dull. I was pleasantly surprised.
This story centers around an ideal monk who is overly deliberate in his monk-ness for the sake of the fame it brings him. Lucifer recognizes the falseness of his saintliness and decides to destroy him. Tempted by a woman, the monk rapidly falls into a web of lies, rape, and murder.
I find myself a little surprised that this story has not been made into a modern day movie. Many scenes in this novel would be amazing on screen, particularly the scenes in the cemetery catacombs.
Overall, a good read. One I would recommend.