Saturday, September 24, 2011
Thoughts: The Monk by Matthew Lewis
However, since you’ve continued reading, The Monk is about, well, a monk named Ambrosio who is corrupted by another monk (novice?) who turns out to be a woman who later turns out to be… something else entirely. But, wait, there’s more. The-monk-who-turns-out-to-be-a-woman convinces Ambrosio to forget his conscience and freely indulge in pleasure. Haunted castles, Bleeding nuns, catacombs, evil nuns, and a bunch of other Gothic elements are encountered along the way.
I think I sold The Monk short in the summary, but I highly recommend it. GO READ THE MONK. RIGHT NOW. It’s a very thick book, but the pages just flew by. I didn’t even notice I was almost done, because I was enjoying it so much. And the plot? What plot? It was obvious Matthew Lewis didn’t have an outline, because the book just got crazier and crazieeeeeer. Around these parts, crazieeeeeeer = PURE FUN.
Don’t get me wrong, though. This book isn’t perfect. Sometimes, it borders on the level where it’s so bad it’s good, and sometimes it’s just plain bad. There were tons of occurrences where Matthew Lewis didn’t bother to come up with a logical explanation. For example, character A was spirited away for no apparent reason so character B can carry out his nefarious plans. *Insert maniacal laugh here.*
The Monk really surprised me. I was expecting the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but got Zombieland instead. And I really, really liked Zombieland.
Note: This is the first book I read for the R.I.P. VI challenge.