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. It in the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid, this is a violent tale of ambition, murder, and incest. The struggle between maintaining monastic vows and fulfilling personal ambitions tempts its main character into breaking his vows.
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Suspenseful, all the while knowing that Ambrosio is doomed. A valid critique of the Church, religion, and human nature.
I just finished reading this book for a Gothic Literature class that I am taking. And I am very surprised, I didn't expect it to be a good book, but it really kept my attention and actually spooked me out towards the end. One of the best books I have ever read! Extremely intense, I might need to sleep with the lights on tonight, lol.