Saturday, March 26, 2011

The monk

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. 

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