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Also the somewhat complicated sentence structure was something that bothered me here and there. The charismatic monk Medardus becomes implicated in a deadly mystery against his will. Questo tipo di romanzi proliferavano nel romanzo nero e gotico inglese e mai il romanzo nero era arrivato a queste scelleratezze ed efferatezze estreme. In fact, considering this rel is now over two hundred years old, there is a remarkable lack of superfluous chat and diversions. It felt like you could have cut out at least a third of it and it wouldn’t have made any difference.
The characters seemed more developed than in the Monk and I really enjoyed the madness aspect. I took The Devil’s Elixirsthematically, as an exploration of what happens when one tries to live such false dichotomies. I’ve read quite a bit of Hoffmann now but I wasn’t quite prepared for this.
Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann
He is also the author of the novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, on which the famous ballet The Nutcracker is based. Free version available on zeno. Evil twins, parallel narratives, and generations of characters with the same names repeating endless variations of similar stories proliferate in this wild drl wildly recounted first person narrative of a mad or perhaps so utterly sane he’s actually telling the truth monk named Medardus–or maybe Viktorin.
In this lively and disturbing gothic tale, Hoffmann combines elements of the fantastic and the sublime to analyse the seductive ambiguities of art and the deeply divided lks of the human imagination.
Supposedly “the posthumously publisheed writings of Brother Medardus, a Capuchin Monk.
The only result that after reading pages my thoughts started wandering off, I missed half of the story and when there was some big reveal I was all ‘What did just happen?
Hoffmann is known for his Nutcracker story and the tales behind The Tales of Hoffmann opera.
Los elixires del diablo/ The Elixirs Of The Devil
See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits Labyrinthine is certainly the word for the plot of this dark mystery! A very strange book but fascinating. However the writing-style wasn’t my cup of tea. I had no idea E.
Ich verbleibe zwar ein Fan der deutschen Romantik, aber dieser Roman geht an mir vorbei. As other reviewers have noted it gets pretty confusing, though it only really gets confusing diab,o Hoffmann attempts to ‘explain’ all the previous shenanigans Its narrative snakes around, sometimes circling, sometimes doubling back on itself, so I was often absolutely bewildered as to whether I was kos Medardus or his doppelganger, yet The Devil’s Elixirs keeps up an excellent pace throughout so I found it a gripping read.
Hablemos ya de su estructura y contenido. In fact whilst I was reading it I kept imagining Hoffmann chuckling to himself as he wrote it, and there aren’t many books that I read where I can envisage the author having more fun writing it than the reader gets in reading it.
In fact, since finishing it, I’ve been contemplating going through it with the intention of trying to unravel the plot further, though this may not be a wise move. It’s not always easy dwl the reader to decide what is real and what only happens in the mind of the monk, because there are auditory and visual hallucinations galore in this novel.
There were some dull moments but on I started reading this month’s [info]bibliogoth book on the way to Bath. It’s full-blooded, original recipe gothic, complete with family curse, virtuous maiden, a mad monk or two, and a plot that’s not so much labyrinthine as a hall of mirrors. The overriding theme though is the identity confusion over the main character. Hoffmann per me si drogava. Much easier to read and more engaging than other gothic novels I’ve read and even in translation the style was very good.
It’s actually less manic than some of his short stories but it has all of his usual obsessions – identity confusion, supernatural beings, coincidences, hallucinatory ramblings, murder, lust, etc.
Apr 12, Linda rated it really liked it. For the author E. This is without doubt one of de, most bizarre and disturbing books I’ve ever read. His stories form the basis of Jacques Offenbach’s famous opera The Tales of Hoffmann, in which Hoffman appears heavily fictionalized as the hero.
Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann – Wikipedia
It’s obviously the author’s intention to leave the reader in ddel dark about this until the end. This is NOT one of those. Novela folletinesca, configurada como un manuscrito o cartapacio redactado en un monasterio, y dividida en dos partes desiguales: Thanks for telling us about the problem. I think I don’t say too much when I tell that he takes a sip from that bottle. I guess even Hoffmann had to keep his mind on the journey or he would have lost the thread himself! Die Handlung ist zwischendurch sehr verwirrend: Un romanzo faustiano, ottocentesco, delirante e onirico.
Now it gets really strange. The Devil’s Elixirs gets it pretty much spot on. Oct 11, George K.
Nov 29, spacehawk. Paperbackpages. Person hautnah und authentisch mit. Dec 19, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: