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The Bride of Lammermoor Paperback – June 11, 2012
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I had to read Scott on my own -- fired by the enthusiasm of C. S. Lewis, whose essay on Scott in SELECTED LITERARY ESSAYS is warmly recommended. The first one I read, Kenilworth, wasn't all that good. Better were The Antiquary, Redgauntlet, Rob Roy, The Heart of Midlothian, and Waverley. This novel, The Bride of Lammermoor, is a good one to start with -- being not as long as many of his masterpieces. I suggest the first-time reader skip to the second chapter and start there. Be independent! Find out for yourself why your great-great-great grandparents loved this guy. If you like a warm-hearted storyteller, you should look into Sir Walter.
This is a tale that keeps your interest throughout. I found the Scottish dialect a bit hard to wade through although I "ken" understand it for the most part. Oddly, the first chapter starts with the tale of Dick Tinto who apparently relates this story to our narrator. Tinto is referred to in one other place in the novel. However, his story appears attached and unrelated to what comes after.
The tale of Lord Ravenswood and the demise of his family's fortune is an interesting one. Lucy Ashton's attachment to him happens quickly and seems as if it were enchanted. Alice, the old blind woman who foretells the lovers' fate, is a rich and vibrant character. The servant Caleb is hilarious as he manufactures excuses why the best food and accommodations cannot be given to Ravenswood's guests, even to the point of breaking empty bottles as he enters a room and then using that as an excuse for not having wine to serve. Lady Ashton seems to be more controlling than alert, missing all of the signals of her daughter's mental state nor particularly caring about them. The story's outworking after the wedding with Ravenswood's disappearance into the mist is likewise strange, with both he and his horse forever gone. I enjoyed this book, its gothic castles, the hunt, the commonfolk and the political alliances.
The novel written in 1819 holds up remarkably well 188 years later.Read more ›
I found it not only a good narrative, but an unexpectedly complicated one. Scott seems somewhat ambivalent about many of the issues that he addresses and gives multiple points of view from the aristocrats to the peasantry. Thus, one can see a certain nostalgic glamor to the continuance of an ancient noble house in possession of its estates, the deserving qualities of the rising people who displace them, and also the resentment and poverty of the peasants. It is sometimes humorous and frequently cynical. His ambivalence towards his characters in interesting. This was a historical novel set over 100 years before when it was first written. Scott had as one of his purposes the recording of traditional Scottish customs, and this adds considerably to the interest and charm of the book. There is an appendix in this edition containing a timeline for the novel and Scottish history that I recommend that anyone not familiar with the time and place read first.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, although it has features that I know will put off some readers. Fortunately or unfortunately, the novel includes a small number of notes by Scott, designated in the text by numbers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I chose this book after reading a reference to it in Elizabeth Gaskell's "Wives and Daughters". Read morePublished 17 days ago by meduhain
What a splendid tale! Wild, windswept Scottish coastline, a ruined castle, and an equally wild Scotsman, the last of his old noble equally ruined family. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul Foley
A pretty good story, but the Scottish dialect (used by the servants and peasants) is off-putting.Published 16 months ago by Melinda Stanojevic
This is a must read for fans of the genre....a classic gothic romance!
This Gothic tale has it all.... Read more
If you love tragic love stories then grab a copy of this book today. It rivals anything Shakespeare could produce with star crossed lovers, a touch of the supernatural, and a... Read morePublished 20 months ago by K. Spangler
I couldn't read this addition because of the number of ridiculous typos it had. My personal favorite, "yees" for eyes.Published 23 months ago by JED