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READ PDF º Clermont ⚟ Clermont is the story of Madeline, a porcelain doll of a Gothic heroine, who lives in seclusion from society with her father, Clermont, whose past is shrouded in mystery One stormy night, their solitude is interrupted by a benighted traveller, a Countess who turns out to be a friend from Clermont s past Definitely one of the better Gothic novels I ve read This review cannot come at aperfect time because not only did I finish a brillisnt classic but I am writing a review for it on my spankin new laptop Clermont was one of the mos beautiful books I haveever read The emotions, the character, the plot development was all carried out in such an honest, wholesome, and at times terrifying ways that it made you genuinely afraid and at the same time hooked on the edge of your seat wondering if evil will really triumph over good I can understand This review cannot come at aperfect time because not only did I finish a brillisnt classic but I am writing a review for it on my spankin new laptop Clermont was one of the mos beautiful books I haveever read The emotions, the character, the plot development was all carried out in such an honest, wholesome, and at times terrifying ways that it made you genuinely afraid and at the same time hooked on the edge of your seat wondering if evil will really triumph over good I can understand though not relate with the people who don t like Clermont This book is a wonderful preservation of a time period and it s themes can, at times, be a little cheesy but it is a fondu pot that makes you feel good inide For any history buff, horror freak, and girl,this book brigd terror and deceit onto a beautiful backdrop of laurestine that will have you picking out spots of a time period that is often covered inaccurately I can texplain why this book mde me so happy and so sad to finish Maybe it was getting to know such full characters and following them on journeys or the twisting plots and dangerous passage ways that trapped me, whatever it was this book held my attention and at times had me wishing that it would never end If you are a true fan of origiinal horror,which was far from the bloody spoofs we see today, then this is the perfect book for you It certaintly was for me An 18th century romantic drama with allusions to the contemporary views on mental health its proportions borders on the epic, with a plethora of secrets that needs to be revealed before Clermont can truly be unveiled Clermont was one of the bestselling romances of the late 18th century, with several translations and re releases promptly following its initial release on the then infamous Minerva press It was one of Roche s two greatest successes, the other being The Children of the Abbey, which An 18th century romantic drama with allusions to the contemporary views on mental health its proportions borders on the epic, with a plethora of secrets that needs to be revealed before Clermont can truly be unveiled Clermont was one of the bestselling romances of the late 18th century, with several translations and re releases promptly following its initial release on the then infamous Minerva press It was one of Roche s two greatest successes, the other being The Children of the Abbey, which was written two years prior For some reason her later works had no notable success, and so while the fame of her authorship was great it was also brief And even Clermont, despite being a big thing in its day, had fallen so much into forgetfulness by the start of the 20th century that then when Jane Austen s famous list of recommended Gothic novels also known as the Northanger horrid seven, so named after the novel Northanger Abbey in which the list was originally presented, and where Clermont was one of the novels mentioned was examined and given interpretations by the literarians, they did not agree on whether or not the novel had even existed Inrecent years there has been a movement whereby old works of written art has been copied, from libraries dedicated to their preservation, and once again set to print for today s readers to enjoy Fortunately, Clermont is one of these works who has gotten the chance of a revival.We follow the trials of Madeline, a young girl of marrying age She has thus far spent her life in relative seclusion near the French Alps This seclusion is on the insistence of her father, a secretive and troubled man who goes by the name of Clermont His given name, if he at all has one, is known to no one but himself, and his strong bouts of melancholy often force him on long solitary ramblings in the woods Even Madeline, his own daughter and his greatest joy below Heaven, is kept in the dark by him, knowing naught about his past before her birth nor the origins of his laments There is also the curious absence of her mother, who Clermont refuses to speak or hear mention of Nevertheless, Madeline s life is a happy one, with her loving father and the poetic beauties of nature that surrounds her, she feels her life is in a state of bliss.But then a young man by the name of de Sevigne visits the woods, a handsome and well mannered young man, the kind which a young and virtuous woman like Madeline cannot help but take note of Yet, despite that the conduct of de Sevigne is one that deserves the highest praises, Clermont does not wish him close to his daughter Madeline s attempts to figure out this strange behaviour is cut short by a second accidental visit, this time by none other than the Countess de Merville, who it turns out is pleased to recognize her old friend, Clermont She offers to take Madeline home to her own castle to present her to the society and to give her the experiences of the world that her seclusion had thus far denied her And so it is settled, Madeline sets out to reside in the Castle de Merville, where further mysteries and even real dangers await Her s is to be a tale ofwoes and tears than that of pleasures.Depression is one of the tale s most prevalent features Nearly every character suffers from attacks of prolonged and crippling melancholy, sometimes having to be confined to their beds as they are too weakened to leave them Roche did herself suffer from such malady, at times forcing her to take absence from her writing, sometimes for years Having had personal experience with these things it is perhaps only natural for her to transfer some of it to her writing With that in mind, it is not unlikely that we are here treated to views of mental illness from a past culture, making Clermont perhaps aimportant historical document than one might initially suspect This reviewer will however refrain from any interpretations in order to preserve brevity.At the point in time that Clermont was written there was still a sense of novelty surrounding the young genre known as Gothic, and its popularity was substantial Not surprisingly, many authors of the time found the inspiration to inject elements of Gothic into the most popular of all contemporary genres the romance novel Roche s Clermont is an exemplar of precisely such an injection, where the majestic castles and their hauntings become but scenery, in front of which is displayed a diversity of intrigues pertaining to the heart For the reader this has obvious implications, the most major of which would be the fact that this kind of novel will not appeal to the Gothic literate Although, granted, the very same person might also be a romance digester and so still see an appeal, though of a different kind In particular the supernatural element tends to suffer from this shift of focus, and even then Clermont isspectrally impoverished than most As such, to bracket it as Gothic in genre is misleading since the potential reader would then likely expect to find ahaunting tale than a romance that just happens to contain the appropriate architecture.Vast excesses of politeness characterize Roche s language, which close to doubles the length of any given utterance by the characters Also their highly theatrical performance will often be considered overdramatized by today s standards, which again prolongs the text Additional extensions include superfluous reiterations of the characters emotions, often using several paragraphs detailing their fears and then repeating these descriptions in no fewer words when those fears come true One thousand fifty nine pages did the original printing stretch, and this would likely have been shortened by at least two hundred pages if a current editor was to get his or her hands on it It s one of those issues that made sense two centuries ago and which now cannot be dispatched of unless we also shed the impression of the age in which it was created today s readers are simply going to have to be forgiving if they are to enjoy this tale.This review is based on the Gale ECCO Print Editions reproduction of the novels first pressing, then portioned into four volumes by the Minerva press The print is based on microfilm photographs of the original work, which means that the reproduction looks as similar to the original books as it is possible to get This allows the reader to experience the novel as if he or she was back in 1798, enabling the feeling of history to accompany the read These reproductions are not always without flaws and volume one does have a total of four words which are obscured due to ink spots, also there are two cases of swapped pages in volume two otherwise the volumes are perfectly intact with no loss of legibility Should one rather wish for a remade, and thus flawless, printing then Valancourt s edition, with its detailed and well researched introduction, would be recommended Clermont may be a patience demanding and long read, and it may not be the Gothic tale many would hope for, but as a romance it still shines bright Its surprisingly well made plot is likely to have been the source of its success back in its time, and it is likely to be its main selling point now as well 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