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The Monk

Matthew Lewis

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Genres:

Classics

Description:

‘Few could sustain the glance of his eye, at once fiery and penetrating’ Savaged by critics for its supposed profanity and obscenity, and bought in large numbers by readers eager to see whether it lived up to its lurid reputation, The Monk became a succEs de scandale when it was published in 1796 – not least because its author was a member of parliament and only twenty years old. It recounts the diabolical decline of Ambrosio, a Capuchin superior, who succumbs first to temptations offered by a young girl who has entered his monastery disguised as a boy, and continues his descent with increasingly depraved acts of sorcery, murder, incest and torture. Combining sensationalism with acute psychological insight, this masterpiece of Gothic fiction is a powerful exploration of how violent and erotic impulses can break through the barriers of social and moral restraint. This edition is based on the first edition of 1796, which appeared before Lewis’s revisions to avoid charges of blasphemy. In his introduction, Christopher MacLachlan discusses the novel’s place within the Gothic genre, and its themes of sexual desire and the abuse of power.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jefferson Mays

Length:

15h 31m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

56:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

54:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

56:20


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

38:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

38:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

32:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

53:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

49:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

37:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

47:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:27


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

53:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

51:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

59:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

54:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

56:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

41:08


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

51:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:20