Oom Silas Best Read || [J. Sheridan Le Fanu C. Buddingh'], Oom Silas, J. Sheridan Le Fanu C. Buddingh', Oom Silas Uncle Silas is a Victorian Gothic mystery thriller novel by the Anglo Irish writer J Sheridan Le Fanu It is notable as one of the earliest examples of the locked room mystery subgenre It is not a novel of the supernatural despite a few creepily ambiguous touches but does show a strong interest in the occult and in the ideas of Swedenborg Summary by, Oom Silas Best Read || [J. Sheridan Le Fanu C. Buddingh'] - Oom Silas, Oom Silas Uncle Silas is a Victorian Gothic mystery thriller novel by the Anglo Irish writer J Sheridan Le Fanu It is notable as one of the earliest examples of the locked room mystery subgenre It is not a nove

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Oom Silas

Oom Silas Oom Silas Best Read || [J. Sheridan Le Fanu C. Buddingh'] - Oom Silas, Oom Silas Uncle Silas is a Victorian Gothic mystery thriller novel by the Anglo Irish writer J Sheridan Le Fanu It is notable as one of the earliest examples of the locked room mystery subgenre It is not a nove Oom Silas Best Read || [J. Sheridan Le Fanu C. Buddingh'] - Oom Silas, Oom Silas Uncle Silas is a Victorian Gothic mystery thriller novel by the Anglo Irish writer J Sheridan Le Fanu It is notable as one of the earliest examples of the locked room mystery subgenre It is not a nove Oom Silas Best Read || [J. Sheridan Le Fanu C. Buddingh']

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  1. Uncle Silas isn t a great novel, but it does exactly what it sets out to do It is an effective novel of sensation in the tradition of The Woman in White, presenting us with a likable heroine in increasingly perilous situations, leading to a hair raising and extremely well executed climax There are not many thrills in Uncle Silas, but the thrills themselves are indeed thrilling, and Le Fanu knows exactly how to administer them sometimes by the dollop, occasionally with an eye dropper in order to [...]

  2. I had such high expectations for this old classic that seemed almost impossible to get my hands on My idea of a cozy mystery is a Gothic Victorian Era mystery so when this finally became available to me I was thrilled to read it I loved the sound of the premise After the death of her father, a 17 year old heiress is sent to live under her uncle s care, of whom rumor has it he may or may not have committed a murder I was concerned for her safety among a whole slew of suspicious characters The int [...]

  3. 7 5 stars This bookThis is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES RIGHT HERE 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 Then again, this book is TERRIFYING 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

  4. Rating Clarification 3.5 StarsI m happy to report that Uncle Silas has made the cut of classic gothic literature that I ve read and even important enjoyed Although I ll never have the intellectual reading prowess to make a sustained diet of 19th century literature, I ve tried over the years to add of it into my reading 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 like The Woman in [...]

  5. I wanted to give this book five stars but I just couldn t do it According to my rating system, a five star book is one of the best I have ever read Uncle Silas is not Don t let this mislead you This book had one of creepiest and most sinister plots in all of Victorian literature but it somehow doesn t have the complexity of the famous Gothic masterpiece, The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins The story follows a young rich orphaned girl named Maud who is forced to move in with her poor and embar [...]

  6. Are Gothic novels respectable Let s talk about it Would this be a good time to sit backwards on my chair Fuck yes it would, Let s Get Real I recently read Anthony Trollope s landmark Serious Novel The Way We Live Now, from around the same time to 1875 to Silas s 1864 , so let s use that one to compare themes Class, especially the fortune of landed gentry vs their non landed relatives check The powerlessness of women to control their own destinies check The quest for power and money, and its corr [...]

  7. This is the most frightening book I have ever read Before I picked this up, I had read some of Le Fanu s short fiction, the ghost stories based on Irish legends, and, of course, CARMILLA This book, however, is horrifying Too often, writers and directors of horror regie solely on 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 relies [...]

  8. I decided to reread this book a few weeks ago when someone online was asking about a Victorian mystery and this one popped into my head Well, there s that, plus the fact that many months ago, I d bought a dvd of the old BBC adaptation of Uncle Silas called The Dark Angel and really wanted to watch it, but I wanted to wait until I d reread the book I have two different editions Penguin ISBN 9780140437461 and this one from Dover, but I had just finished a Dover reprint of another book and decided [...]

  9. 4.5 stars this was just awesome Victorian fun Lots of twists and turns Very atmospheric I listened to the audio narrated by BJ Harrison He did a great job For the first hour or so I had a hard time with a male narrator since the MC, Maud is a young girl but he did the other voices so well and I got used to him as Maud s voice I do think a talented female narrator might have been a better choice but overall great audio This book was on my 2016 classics challenge and I am so glad that I got to it. [...]

  10. Fine gothic horror Le Fanu promoted his novels as romances, in the tradition of Sir Walter Scott, but with Uncle Silas he created a sly and suspenseful gothic horror The novel was originally published in three volumes, but it is tightly written with every scene and every observation of the characters vital to the atmosphere of the story and to the needs of the plot That is something his contemporaries Dickens and Collins can rarely boast The novel is also a mixture, full of social commentary on [...]

  11. Buddy read with Hannah and Kim.More detailed discussion at The Readers Review Literature from 1800 to 1910After her father s death, Maud Ruthyn is sent to live with her Uncle Silas who is follower of the Swedenborggism In this religion , people could freely visit heaven and hell, and talk to angels, demons and other spirits According to her father s will, she will be forced to live there until her twenty first birthday.The plot is a truly turmoil of events and emotions where we can follow Maud s [...]

  12. Maybe 3.5 I very much enjoyed this one Very creepy, very atmospheric, a complex and interesting story with a curious central protagonist and interesting themes throughout.

  13. Like so many fictional Victorian daughters, Maud Ruthyn adores her father and trusts him completely Mother is dead Obeying his wishes is her heart s desire In this she is a complete idiot, because her father is actually a terrible parent Not only does Austin Ruthyn neglect her, but his will provides that on his death she will go live with his brother Silas, whom Maud has never met, until her majority Putting the interests of one s child first would dictate that Maud go to live with her middle ag [...]

  14. This quintessential gothic tale, first serialised in 1864, has its origins in Le Fanu s 1839 short story, A Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess A first person narrative with some deviations from this technique the story takes place in 1845, when the teenage narrator, Maud Ruthyn, is sent to live with her guardian the mysterious Uncle Silas upon the death of her father The central mystery in the novel is whether Uncle Silas is the innocent man Maud s father believed him to be, or w [...]

  15. Sheridan Le Fanu was famous for beginning Gothic Horror.Uncle Silas was from this genre The plot of the novel seems quite simple, Maud Ruthyn is a rich heiress, daughter of an eccentric recluse He dies and places her in the guardianship of her Uncle Silas She s never met Uncle Silas but knows he was disgraced by gossip of suicide or murder that took place in his house The plot thickens,of course, and it ends up being a spine tingling Gothic story with hints everywhere of the supernatural I had n [...]

  16. A tale of murder and greed This is a fairly straightforward tale of an heiress who is left to the tender mercies of her enigmatic Uncle Silas.I enjoyed the dark and sinister atmosphere of the novel, and I loved the lock room mystery The characters were well portrayed from the slightly hysterical young Maud whose narration delivers the story, through to the over the top portrayal of the French governess, the creepy Madame.Loved the beginning the expectation of the novel, but by reaching the middl [...]

  17. This was a wonderfully engaging read which I have to say was a bit of a surprise Considering the time period it was written in and the fact that it is a famous gothic horror novel I was braced for fainting and hysterical heroines, supernatural mysteries and a plot improbable enough to make Walpole proud the author of The Castle of Otranto I was also listening to an audio reading from librivox and I wasn t expecting to be able to stomach it as I don t have a particularly high opinion of the quali [...]

  18. This 19th century novel is considered an icon of Gothic horror That it is, but it can also be seen as an early model of psychological horror Le Fanu excels in characterization and in slowly molding his characters into either a standard of virtue as he does for poor little Maude, or a model of villainy as he does for the title character While the novel occasionally hints of ghosts, there are no supernatural events It has a lot in common with Wilkie Collins The Woman in White but is not nearly its [...]

  19. It is some years since I read any Sheridan Le Fanu novels, I read The House by the Churchyard, The Wyvern Mystery and The Rose and the Key although I find I can no longer remember anything much about them, I do know they were fabulously atmospheric reads Le Fanu was an Irish writer of gothic fiction, in his time he was a leading writer of ghost stories, although is probably now best known for his novels of mystery and horror Knowledge is power and power of one sort or another is the secret lust [...]

  20. Uncle Silas I must admit I do like a good Victorian Literature It s just disappointing that Le Fanu doesn t have the same reputation as many other classic Victorian writer s.This story tells the tale of a young and Naive Maud Ruthyn, whose father s death leaves her under the care of the mysterious uncle of the story s title.One of the most striking points about this book is that apart from a few scattered incidents and a wonderfully melodramatic ending very little happens I found myself hooked o [...]

  21. Maud Ruthyn, the narrator, is a young woman not quite of age Early in the book, her father places her under the care of a devious governess, Madame de la Rougierre, with unknown motivations Madame torments Maud and her father doesn t appear to believe her when she begs for help He does eventually discover the treachery and dismisses Madame Shortly afterwards, Maud s father dies and her Uncle Silas, a marginalized member of the family, is made her sole guardian at the protest of her cousin Maud i [...]

  22. Terrific Gothic atmosphere and aura of menace Maud Ruthyn, the heroine of the tale, is an orphan who comes to live with the titular uncle, and she enlists the reader s full empathy from the get go We and she both know that her uncle is a murderous villain, but of course to outside eyes he is an upright Victorian gentleman, or should I say reformed gentleman his unsavory past is not, it seems, in the past at all, even though he puts on religious trappings And thus one of the themes of the novel, [...]

  23. I can t say I ve often wondered what the offspring of the movie Deliverance and Bronte s Wuthering Heights might resemble But now I know Uncle Silas The residents of Bartram Haugh are hillbilly than Jethro Clampett, and at least as dangerous as the guy who tells Ned Beatty to squeal like a pig And Madame de la Rougierre aka, The Governess A priceless character almost as colorful as Wilkie Collins Count Fosco Despicable Madame does things like threaten to break pinkies to get her way The Governe [...]

  24. This book truly surprised me It happens quite a lot that I already know the general plot of a classic which unfortunately means the ending won t surprise me I still love to read those books a lot since I m a big fan of their wording and settings In this particular case I haven t heard of the book before it was a recommendation on a the best books of list that I got curious about.Uncle Silas is the story of Maud, an heiress to a big fortune who lives alone with her father Her uncle is a distant f [...]

  25. I thought it was just the perfect read for those nights when it is dark and gloomy I loved the easy flow and direction that this story took The writing kept me engaged for the entire time and really did keep me guessing about Uncle Silas until the end Was he a good guy or was he something sinister was the inevitable question and depending on where you were in this book, your opinion could change I like being kept on one s toes while reading a novel Mr Le Fanu created a true Victorian novel with [...]

  26. Dripping with Gothic menace poor rich girl Maud Ruthyn braves every attempt to separate her from her life and her inheritance Even the good guys are mostly super creepy making things even interesting.Le Fanu s best novel, Green Tea and Carmilla are his best works however.

  27. Could a book get any gothic An orphaned girl she is 17 after all, a young woman really , a sinister uncle, a crumbling house on a neglected estate, a conniving cousin, a sinister governess, and everyone with mysterious reasons for their actions.The horror of this novel is all atmosphere and the unknown Our main character, Maud, is a strange combination of na ve and knowledgeable, with just enough knowledge to keep her alive and enough naivet to keep her bumping along into trouble A major part o [...]

  28. The last 120 pages moved like an interstate express train The suffocating evil just ripped along was an enjoyable read.I lost the stars from not liking the narrator at all Normally, naive young women don t bother me, but this one did It is purely personal, so I m sure many others won t feel the same The premise is very realistic and the way Uncle Silas manipulates young Maud is excellent psychological drama The majority of the female characters have strong personalities, and the villans are just [...]

  29. For a melodramatic Sensation novel, with a plot containing all kinds of familial deception, this is actually quite dull To be fair the opening is well crafted and tense, with the heroine menaced by a sinister French governess However the middle ironically, from when Uncle Silas himself is introduced is far too long and uneventful and it s only the last fifty or so pages when genuine drama resurfaces Further, even by the standards of Victorian male writers, Le Fanu s heroine is limp and insipid T [...]