The Romance of the Forest
Ann Radcliffe Chloe Chard
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Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM By Ann Radcliffe Chloe Chard

This novel, although not as well known as Radcliffe s later works, is thought to represent her work at its best More than just a work of suspense and mystery, it is a work of ideas a discussion of the contrasts between hedonistic doctrines and a system of education and values.About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spThis novel, although not as well known as Radcliffe s later works, is thought to represent her work at its best More than just a work of suspense and mystery, it is a work of ideas a discussion of the contrasts between hedonistic doctrines and a system of education and values.About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .
  • Title: The Romance of the Forest
  • Author: Ann Radcliffe Chloe Chard
  • ISBN: 9780199539222
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback

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Debbie Zapata Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
This was my third Radcliffe title and my least favorite. The GR blurb says it is thought to represent her best work, but either I was seeing her 'formula' too clearly or was simply not impressed with the story itself, because I very much preferred The Italian. That was a hoot. This was more of a whimper. Of course, the tiny print in my edition may have made the book harder for me to deal with. My old eyes could only handle it in short sessions, and I probably was annoyed with that detail as much [...]
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Bri Fidelity Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
Pros: Reads like the Good Bits of Udolpho - which is to say, like a sort of very morbid Enid Blyton mystery - minus the Bad Bits. Reasonably compelling mysteries; genuinely tense escape attempts; a grown-up (if delicately/hilariously described) sense of sexual threat; lots of atmosphere. Unlike Udolpho, the reveals aren't thunderingly anticlimactic, and there's some actual ambiguity in the supernatural elements - and there are mercifully few landscapegasms and twee sonnets (though Chapters 18 an [...]
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Dan Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
“He never read the Romance of the Forest, nor the Children of the Abbey. He had never heard of such books before I mentioned them, but he is determined to get them now as soon as ever he can.”Chapter 4, Emma, by Jane Austen(Contains spoiler alerts)I decided to read Romance of the Forest to see what kind of books Harriet Smith recommended to poor Mr. Martin. While I have a long way to go on Children of the Abbey (640 pages!) I can safely say that they are very silly books. I now understand wh [...]
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Омаира Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
3.5“Este globo parece una masa de átomos en la inmensidad del universo, y el hombre un simple insecto. Sin embargo, ¡oh maravilla!, ese hombre, cuya estatura es tan diminuta en escala de los seres vivos, debe de tener poderes para desdeñar los estrechos límites del tiempo y el espacio, para remontarse más allá de la esfera de la existencia y descubrir las secretas leyes de la naturaleza y tener en cuenta sus afectos progresivos” La novela El romance del bosque fue publicada en 1791 div [...]
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Charlotte B. Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
Si vous devez lire ce livre, je pense que le plus important est de connaître d'abord le titre original de l'oeuvre, à savoir "The romance of the forest". Ce qui est quand même très différent de la traduction. Si j'avais lu le titre original dès le début - et non pas après 300 pages - j'aurais peut-être été moins profondément ennuyée par la première moitié du roman. Je m'attendais à tout sauf à ce qui est conté dans ce livre. Je m'attendais à de vrais mystères, voire à un peu [...]
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El Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
It's hard to review a book like this without giving away some key points (aka, spoilers), so I'm just gonna keep my mouth shut. The story got better as it went on - the beginning sort of bored me. There's a lot of preamble and mood-setting which is all fine and dandy, except I just wanted to get to the meat of the matter. Enough foreplay already.It's totally Gothic. It's filled with secrets, a lot of darkness, plenty of mystery, and a whole lot of freaking tears. Seriously, I was ready to build [...]
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Yasmina Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
J'ai au final a-do-ré ce livre ! Passé les langueurs des premières pages (qq centaines de pages quand même) & en faisant fi des éléments gothiques à peine développés j'ai été bluffé par l'intrigue. On se surprend à être happé par l'histoire & éprouver les émotions des paysages.Enfin la dimension romanesque prend une part importante dans ce récit, fait que je n'avais pas forcé soupçonné au vu du titre du roman. Un bon classique ? Très certainement :)
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Stephanie Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
If The Romance of the Forest (hereafter ROF), were a film, it would be gorgeous - crumbly ruins, Swiss Alps, lakes, weeping willows, dark prisons, skeletons in basements. Guillermo Del Toro would be all over this shit. And if M. Night and Del Toro had a lovechild, he would direct this rambling exploration of victimhood. Don't expect a hero, expect, as another reviewer aptly put it, "a whole lot of freaking tears" and fainting, with frequent poetry breaks (I skipped all of the poems. Sue me). Ano [...]
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Barbara Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
This book was published in 1791. Author Ann Radcliffe was married, never traveled far from London, and she is regarded as one of those writers that began the "romantic gothic novel." She profoundly influenced Jane Austin. The writing is so rich and exquisite, you'll need to go slow and savor each sentence. Is is possible that the English language peaked in the 18th century, and then we began to lose words? Here's an excerpt: "She read a little, but finding it impossible any longer to abstract he [...]
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Matthew Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
In literature, few things stir my ire quite like ridiculous coincidences being used as a means of advancing or tying together a plot. It's a testament to the charm of Ann Radcliffe's fiction that the last quarter of this book didn't derail my enjoyment all that much. I am completely won over by her painterly descriptions of landscape (not quite as accomplished here as in The Mysteries of Udolpho, a better work overall), as well as the portrayals of idyllic family life that bookend her works. The [...]
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Gigi Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
An unknown girl given to a stranger, a deserted Abby, secret chambers, bones, a cruel Marquis, the handsome stranger- ahh My first gothic romance. I read this after reading Northanger Abby (Austen)- It is a romance novel and adventure in one. A guilty pleasure for young girls whose imaginations had a tendency to run wild. What evil lurked each time they took the carriage out? What unknown spirit lived within the forest?As for the book itself I thought it has a pretty good story lineedictable for [...]
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Surreysmum Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
[These notes were made in June, 1981:]. Source - Robarts. Finished May/81. Having read Castles and Sicilian Romance, I am amazed at the astonishing improvement in this book. For my money it is better than Udolpho - it is mercifully free of the excessive natural description, and its death-cell scenes stir me a little more than Emily's gallant defence of her property. The Marquis is not, perhaps, so masterly a villain as Montoni, but then, neither can live up to Schedoni, and I find Adeline and he [...]
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Francine Maessen Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
I almost can't believe I finally finished this horrible book.First, I just thought it was incredibly boring, I just kept hoping it would get better, but although towards the end more things happen, that doesn't mean it's any good. The end is incredibly far-fetched, depending completely on all kinds of coincidence. The main character is supposed to be the inspirational kind of goody-goody pious girl, but she just seemed very annoying to me. She's constantly fainting and not able to deal with her [...]
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Martine Liponoga Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
Full disclosure: This was my first Ann Radcliffe novel. It was, I would say, my first proper encounter with anything of this infamous genre. I’d say the closest I’ve been before was with Dracula, and that has so much horror and fantasy that I just think it’s almost apples and oranges.I was fully braced for delicate, weeping females of noble, virtuous heart and positively dripping with good qualities. I was prepped for gloomy forests which contained many dark secrets. Love a good ruined cas [...]
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Kim Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
"The Romance of the Forest" is a Gothic novel by Ann Radcliffe that was first published in 1791. Radcliffe was an English author and a pioneer of the Gothic novel. The novel was her first major success, it went through four editions in its first three years. However, very little is known about Radcliffe's life. In 1823, the year of her death, the Edinburgh Review, said: "She never appeared in public, nor mingled in private society, but kept herself apart, like the sweet bird that sings its solit [...]
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Charlotte Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
Cela faisait plusieurs années que je voulais me pencher sur la littérature anglaise gothique, notamment avec les romans d'Ann Radcliffe, mais ce livre a été une vraie déception.J'ai vu après coup qu'il y a sans doute un souci avec la traduction française qui ne semble pas réussie et pas vraiment fidèle à l'oeuvre de départ, donc mon avis serait peut-être différent si j'avais lu l'oeuvre en version originale.En résumé, je m'attendais à un livre plein de mystères et d'intrigues et [...]
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Sotiris Karaiskos Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
Αυτό είναι το τρίτο βιβλίο της Ann Radcliffe και αυτό που την καθιέρωσε ως συγγραφέα. Όταν κυκλοφόρησε πήρε πολύ καλές κριτικές και γνώρισε αργότερα πολλές εκδόσεις. Είναι ένα εξαιρετικό μυθιστόρημα αλλά κατά τη γνώμη μου και κατά τη γνώμη των περισσότερων δεν φτάνει στο επίπεδο [...]
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Verity Brown Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
After being stultified by The Mysteries of Udolpho, I was little hesitant to read another of Radcliffe's books. Consequently, I was pleasantly surprised by The Romance of the Forest, which is much shorter and considerably less silly. The heroine starts out as quite a sensible girl, although as the book moves forward she develops a tendency to swoon. But overall the mystery plays out nicely, as does the romance. The villain is usefully villainous (with logical motivations). Aside from the excessi [...]
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Emad Attili Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM

A good read. It's exaggerated somehow which is really annoying!I used to love such novels maybe two years ago, but now I think I don't! As simple as that!There were some beautiful quotes in the novel. It's language is pretty neat. I'm gonna read Radcliffe's other popular novel Adolpho :) I'm really excited about it.
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Shiloah Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
I love gothic novels. This one is just as good, if not better than the Mysteries of Udolpho. I can always count on murder, clean romance, intrigue, corruption, lessons learned, and a happy ending. What I don't like about gothic novels: the fainting. Women are nothing but victims and the men are always tearful too. It's kind of an emotional roller coasterr them anyway. LOL
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Laurajeanie Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
To be honest: I only started reading this because it's mentioned in "EMMA."It quit reading it half way through because I told myself "If this stupid girl faints ONE MORE TIME, I'm done." Two pages later, she did. And I was.If you like a heroine with even just a little spunk, this book is not for you.
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Sierra Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
This is another one I had to read for school. There were parts of the story I really enjoyed, mostly volumes 1 & 2 of this. But volume 3 I had SUCH a hard time with until the last 50ish pages. There were many times when the writing in this just dragged on forever, and I can’t tell you how many times the main character cried/fainted. But overall I still enjoyed this read.
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Nicki Markus Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
I have enjoyed all Radcliffe's other novels, and The Romance of the Forest is no exception. Indeed, I believe it is my favourite. I enjoyed the simplicity of the tale and cared about the characters. The Gothic themes are there, but they are more subdued than in Radcliffe's later works, so they don't take over the narrative. All up, this was a delightful read from start to finish. It is very much a work of its time, but that will be no obstacle for those used to reading eighteenth century literat [...]
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Katri Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
I confess I've wanted to read Mrs Radcliffe's books ever since I read Northanger Abbey. Now I gave this one a go, and must say I quite enjoyed it. Perhaps Jane Austen would think me silly, but I don't think I need to follow Jane Austen's opinion in every aspect of my life!Sure, the writing is sometimes (often?) overblown with its excessively descriptive Romantic style, but I have a weakness for that style and could overlook its excesses with an occasional amused smile. I did roll my eyes every t [...]
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Max Fincher Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
Ann Radcliffe, or 'The Great Enchantress' as she was dubbed, was one of the most influential and popular writers of the 1790s. She is generally considered to be the leader woman writer of the popular genre of gothic fiction, as the genre developed in late eighteenth century Britain.Radcliffe had published two short gothic novellas, 'The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne' (1789) and 'A Sicilian Romance' (1790) before her first critically-acclaimed novel, 'The Romance of the Forest' in 1791. Written [...]
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Heather Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
Being a huge Jane Austen fan, I've naturally been curious about the books that were popular to her characters. Gothic romance novels aren't really my thing, but I have read one other (The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole) which I found rather bizarre, but amusing because it was so out there. The other one I never made it through. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe played a prominent part in Austen's story Northanger Abbey. I really tried to make it through that one, but the characters [...]
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Lindsey Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
This novel is an 18th century gothic narrative from Great Britain. Radcliffe's descriptions of nature and her creation of an admirable, attractive heroine make this book memorable. The elements of horror and suspense necessary for a gothic novel also make this novel exciting.Adeline, the heroine of the novel, is beautiful, innocent and lacks family and friends. Because of her daunting past, she becomes even more attractive to those around her and a competition ensues of who can win her love and [...]
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Blake Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
Despite some intense suspenses and lofty descriptions, Radcliffe tells too much in the narrative voice, where I would have valued more some substantial showing of the actual details. I found it difficult to involve myself given that I was so detached from the situation and every effort to involve myself was barred by the author's refusal to give me detail. So I was left too unaffected to either conjure up an interesting picture or to feel like an observer before whom, to Radcliffe's credit, some [...]
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Claire Dec 13, 2019 - 15:23 PM
Careful! This review contains *gasp* spoilers! *faints*Eighteenth century novels make me laugh. At the end of every book there’s a happy ending. All the loose ends are tied, everybody usually gets married and gathers around the lake singing kumbayah. Or, at least that’s how The Romance of the Forest ends.But I get ahead of myself. So the heroine of this book is Adeline, another poor, pretty orphan being taken advantage of by her cruel relatives. She’s handed off to Monsieur La Motte by som [...]
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The Romance of the Forest By Ann Radcliffe Chloe Chard This novel, although not as well known as Radcliffe s later works, is thought to represent her work at its best More than just a work of suspense and mystery, it is a work of ideas a discussion of the contrasts between hedonistic doctrines and a system of education and values.About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spThis novel, although not as well known as Radcliffe s later works, is thought to represent her work at its best More than just a work of suspense and mystery, it is a work of ideas a discussion of the contrasts between hedonistic doctrines and a system of education and values.About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .

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