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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Such gore might not make me hungry, but it doesn’t scare me. Uncle Silas was from this genre. 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.

Personally, I think this would have played out stronger in the 3rd, rather than 1st person narrative. However, my enjoyment of the novel was adversely affected by two factors. Nov 13, Nicola rated it it was amazing Shelves: Silas is a small man of small ambitions, a hypocritical sociopath who hides behind the bible, an opium addict and an invalid, and yet in his own quiet way, he is just as dangerous as the Count.

The introduction promised this was the perfect read for a cold winter night. A priceless character almost as colorful as Wilkie Collins’ Count Fosco.

The required elements of a gothic novel are all present: The central mystery in the novel is whether Uncle Silas is the innocent man Maud’s father believed him to be, or whether he is a murderer who may now want to get his handare s on Maud’s fortune, by whatever means are available to him. View all 26 comments. 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.


This novel had one of my now favorite new plot devices, the carriage ride that seemingly goes somewhere but actually goes nowhere.

It’s all about bad, murderous decisions that mount one upon another. See ffanu 4 questions about Uncle Silas…. View all 4 comments.

The characters were well portrayed from the slightly “hysterical” young Maud whose narration delivers the story, through to the “over the top” portrayal of the French governess, the creepy Madame. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

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Later her unpleasant boorish cousin Dudley arrives home, again looking for money, and in him Maud is terrified to find a sulas she first met in the company of Madam de la Rougeierre. If the Count is like an aging lion, then Silas resembles more closely a poisonous spider.

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Get to Know Us. This is the most frightening book I have ever read. This is now one of my favorites. A tale of murder and greed. Uncle Silas is one of the better Gothics. Secondly, while the opening and closing sections are very strong, the action in the middle of the novel drags and it is difficult to maintain interest in the heroine’s fate. With consummate skill, Le Fanu has truly captured the secret fears and dreads that grip us all.

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We and she both know that her uncle is a murderous villain, but of course to outside eyes he is an upright Victorian gentleman, or should I say reformed gentleman — his unsavory past is not, it seems, in the past at all, even though he puts on religious trappings. The audio wasn’t great but the reader didn’t change and I got used to his rather flat delivery.


Loved the beginning the expectation of the novel, but by reaching the middle of the novel when Uncle Silas came to centre stage the momentum seemed to flounder and only again pick up speed towards the end. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic spirit lives on

This somewhat dilutes the effect of the novel’s most fqnu moments. Someone should do a study of classic novels by male authors with first person female narrators in which the narrators opine about the characteristics of their gender.

At the reading of his will, it emerges that her father added a codicil to it: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? He studied law at Trinity, but neglected the bar in favour of journalism and fiction. In the meantime, Maud is shocked to discover Madame de la Rougierre residing at Bartram-Haugh in silsa employ of Silas, and she suspects also that Dudley may not have fled.

Uncle Silas enters the fxnu, having been waiting outside; as he does this, Maud slips out undetected.

Since completeing the novel which was entertaining I can’t help but wonder if the author couldn’t have raised the tension further by not portraying Madame as so very unattractive.

Like so many fictional Victorian daughters, Maud Ruthyn adores her father and trusts him completely.