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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The last pages moved like an unncle express train! For a “long ago” written book, I thought the detail and intrigue was excellent. With its subversion of reality and illusion, and its exploration of fear through the use of mystery and the supernatural, Uncle Silas shuns the conventions of traditional horror and delivers a chilling psychological thriller.

This novel had one of my now favorite new plot devices, the carriage ride that seemingly goes somewhere faanu actually goes nowhere. This is a fairly straightforward tale of an heiress who is left to the tender mercies of her enigmatic Uncle Silas. Preview — Uncle Silas by J. View all 26 comments. Spoiler Alert This book was a bit tedious.

Excellent author of suspenseful tales. The governess is eventually dismissed when she is discovered by Maud in the act of burgling her father’s desk. Living in quiet seclusion at Bartram-Haugh in Derbyshire with his son and daughter, Silas is victim to frequent catatonic fits apparently brought about by his overuse of opium. Just a moment while we sign you in to si,as Goodreads account.

Le Fanu’s best novel, Green Tea and Carmilla are his best works however. To find out who she is, perhaps you will need to read this book for it is not our heroine. But it is more psychologically creepy …more If your experience is like mine you have trouble putting it down after a certain point, so maybe in that sense.

The novella is notable for tackling a vampire fan decades before Le Fanu’s countryman Bram Stoker wrote Dracula which contains several deliberate echoes of Carmilla and presenting an eroticised view of predatory female friendship which earns it a place on the list of early if veiled depictions of same-sex relationships in literature. The fun of the story lies in observing how Maud quite naturally gets drawn deeper and deeper into Silas’s clutches, and how the adults cast in protective roles are led by the rules of social conduct into allowing her to do so.


Le Fanu excels in characterization and in slowly molding his characters into either a standard of virtue as he does for poor little Maude, or a model of villainy as he does for the title character. Showing of 47 reviews. Since I’d already read this novel, I didn’t skip the intro this time, and there was a particular paragraph that caught my eye, so much so that I’m putting it in bold print here: Since completing the novel which was entertaining Unce can’t help but wonder if the author couldn’t have raised the tension further by not portraying Madame as so very unattractive.

He did a great job. A tale of murder and greed.

I like being “kept on one’s toes” while reading a novel Mr Le Fanu created a true Victorian novel with its timid yet bright young heroine as well as people surrounding her that you were never quite sure of. Don’t have a Kindle?

Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Uncle Silas suffers in comparison. Okay, look, not many books can stand next to The Way We Live Now, whose best character, Marie Melmotte, turns out to have more agency and strength than we gave her credit for.

What in the world’s really wrong sioas these people? I guess it was one of those times it actually clicked for me. Could a book get any more gothic?

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Another curiosity about this book is that the author wrote in the first person as a woman which is not so usual in this kind of book, except for Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. But nowhere is Le Fanu’s success as great as in Uncle Silas. While this earlier story was set in Ireland, the novel’s action takes place in Derbyshire ; the author Elizabeth Bowen was the first to identify a distinctly Irish subtext to the novel, however, in spite of its English setting. It was first serialized in the Dublin University Magazine inunder the title Maud Ruthyn and Uncle Silasand appeared in December of the same year as a three-volume novel from the London publisher Richard Bentley.


Why does she appear so hellbent on connecting Dudley and Maud even before we meet Silas in the story? Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. If you’ve not read it before, I envy you.

Millie, his daughter, is a kind of noble savage capable of reform, while Dudley is patently beyond redemption even if he does eventually show some remorse. Other than that, my only advice is to let the book carry you away from the real world and to have tons of fun with it.

I had never read anything else by him but his writing style reminds me somewhat of Wilkie Collins and The Woman in White.

Madame de la Rougierre reappears locked away in Silas’ home and Maud is told she was commissioned to “take Maud to France. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Please help this article by looking for better, more reliable sources. Much to the uncke of Maud and her old faithful servant Mary Quince, Madam leaves the Ruthyn home under lee cloud.

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