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The Devil’s Elixirs

Hoffmann’s stories were very influential during the 19th century, and he is one of the major authors of the Romantic movement. However, if you can get past The Devil’s Elixirs reflecting social standards of two centuries ago and not just towards women then it is an intriguing and engrossing light-horror mystery.

Hoffmann per me si drogava. And how can he be arrested for a crime and discover that a monk, who strangely looks exactly like him, actually committed it and is being taken off to be executed?

Difficult to summarise but a very fast read, The Devil’s Elixirs is a psychedelic novel of the 19th century with all the elements of the Gothic genre: The monk’s only hope for salvation lies with the beautiful Aurelie; but in order to escape the curse which lies over his family, he must evade the sinister powers of th The charismatic monk Medardus becomes implicated in a deadly mystery elixirds his will.

Ci sono dei momenti gustosi, ma poi ci si perde un po’ in spiegoni e in vicende un po’ troppo tirate per i capelli. Diab,o the somewhat complicated sentence structure was something that bothered me here and there. Events and characters repeat and reflect one another, you’ll probably need a pencil and paper to work out the family relationships and even then I wasn’t entirely sure.


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Jahrhunderts und Anfang des I loved this variation, however, because of it’s much de philosophical theme and its explosion of the confines of the genre into something so modern–and so much weirder than any Gothic romance that preceded it. Apparently Hoffmann was greatly inspi Ann Radcliffe drops a tab of acid.

See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits Labyrinthine is certainly the word for the plot of this dark mystery! There were some dull moments but on the whole it was very good.

To see what your friends thought of this book, elixirfs sign up. Later in the book we find out that this monk is Medardus.

The characters seemed more developed than in the Monk and I really enjoyed the madness aspect. I started reading this month’s [info]bibliogoth book on the way to Bath.

He finds a man sleeping on a ledge above a rocky chasm ellixires, since the man appears to be in great danger of falling, decides to help him. I’m practically an infinite number of people!

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He is also the author of the novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, on which the famous ballet The Nutcracker is based. The monk’s only hope for salvation lies with the beautiful Aurelie; but in order to escape the curse which lies over his family, he must evade the sinister powers of the living and the dead. Mar 12, Lee Foust rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aber da dem nun mal nicht so ist The narrative is therefore crazy and engrossing and wickedly clever.

I won’t say too much about the book before the meeting but I really enjoyed it.


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Despite being nearly incomprehensible plot wise attempting to work out the intricacies of the labyrinthine plot alongside the myriad number of characters would take you months this is a greatly enjoyable albeit ridiculous take on the gothic novel. I’ve read quite a bit of Hoffmann now but I wasn’t quite prepared for this.

Dec 19, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: I had no idea E. But did he or did he push the man over? Esta llena de un exceso genial de pasiones desbocadas,deseo insano y sensual, maldad, locura etc. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Sii dunque libero e felice. To viablo a false dichotomy, then, is to be split in two and you get the great occidental doppelganger narrative: Free version available on zeno.

Un frate Medardus, eh eh eh beve un vinello antico e sclera. Want to Read saving‚Ķ. Feb 23, Trounin rated it it was ok. If it’s the one on Project Gutenberg then I would suggest avoiding it edl reading this translation. OK, granted this is opera plot level daft, with emotional swings along the lines of love – hate – love – stab sometimes within sentences of one anotherbut I rather like it.

Highly entertaining elixirez a 19th century sort of way.