Sheridan Le Fanu’s most celebrated novel In Uncle Silas, Maud Ruthyn, the young, naïve heroine, is plagued by Madame de la Rougierre from. Uncle Silas. J. Sheridan Le Fanu. This web edition published by [email protected] Adelaide. Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at To the best of our. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.

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For my taste, Le Fanu leaves a few too many loose ends. It is and will remain one of my favorite books ever, and I can absolutely recommend it.

Uncle Silas

According to her father’s will, she will be forced to live there until her twenty first birthday. Uncle Silas by J. He was among the first practitioners of the psychological ghost story, in which the haunting might be the result of supernatural intrusion into the everyday world but could also arise from the broken psyche of a protagonist. I found my self laughing outloud tons of times!

This is surely evident in all of his supernatural fiction: Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: To find out who she is, perhaps you will need to read this book for it is not our heroine. At the reading of his will, it emerges that her father added a codicil to it: However, a few factors stop this tale from being all it could be.

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 This was a wonderfully engaging read which I have to say was a bit of a surprise. A first person narrative with some deviations from this technique the story takes place inwhen the teenage narrator, Maud Ruthyn, is sent to live with her guardian – the mysterious Uncle Silas – upon the death of her father.


Uncle Silas is one of the better Gothics.

However things are destined to get a lot worse for poor Maud, when her affectionate old father dies. This book truly surprised me.

If you’ve read anything by Jackson this is very much HER stylistically.

Perhaps no other writer in the history of English fiction so completely mastered the technique of creating an atmosphere of unrelieved suspense and terror as Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Mr Justice Harbottle also deals with a protagonist plagued by phantasms which might arise from his own mind, and additionally touches on social issues unusual in 19th-century ghost stories. Despite a few flaws I started to hope for her to find a happy ending at the beginning of the book.

It’s oe about bad, murderous decisions that mount one upon another. Like so many fictional Victorian daughters, Maud Ruthyn adores her father and trusts him completely. But the heroine herself was the biggest shock; she wasn’t exactly kick arse but she had a definite will of her own and when her back was really against the wall she fought like a tigress to save herself rather than wilting up like a flower in traditional gothic horror style.

Later editors compiling collections of ghost or horror tales have tended to go to In a Glass Unle or Madam Crowl’s Ghost for their selections.

As a younger man Silas was involved in a scandal and suspected of a terrible crime. Maud is happily married to the charming and handsome Lord Ilbury and ends her recollections on a philosophical note:. There is suspense and some genuinely creepy moments. Dripping with Gothic menace poor rich girl Maud Ruthyn braves every attempt to separate her from silss life and her inheritance.

Oct 23, Katie Lumsden rated it really liked it. In a cutaway scene that breaks the first-person narrative, we learn that she is in league with Uncle Silas’s good-for-nothing son Dudley.


Together with his boorish son and a sinister French governess, Silas plots to kill Maud and claim oe fortune. Topics Horror books Books blog.

Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic spirit lives on

The Castle of Otranto: It’s a terrific example of all its tropes executed well – the spooky old estate here is wonderful, one of the great spooky old estates. Jul 17, Lobstergirl rated it liked it Shelves: But above all I liked Uncle Silas because I could taste a spooky savour throughout this mystery, where appearances are deceitful and depending on the point of view, in the best Fany tradition.

It certainly didn’t take away from my enjoyment anyway. To One of the most significant and intriguing Gothic novels of the Victorian period and is enjoyed today as a modern psychological thriller.

Start reading Uncle Silas on your Kindle in under a minute. There is no dealing with great sorrow as if it were under siilas control of our wills.

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Silas is one of the nastier characters of fiction, mostly because his nastiness is hinted at and shown through other characters, his environment and so on rather than directly.

This is a great example of gothic horror and plays heavily on the themes of imprisonment and mental illness. Along with the heroine I continually wondered ‘who am I able to trust?