One of the first American Gothic novels, Edgar Huntly () mirrors the social and Edgar Huntly or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker by Charles Brockden Brown. Charles Brockden Brown creates a mysterious, intriguing world in Edgar Huntly. He uses the gothic novel as an examination of the American subconscious, and. Edgar Huntly, Or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker (Penguin Classics) [Charles Brockden Brown, Norman S. Grabo] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying.
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At times tedious and challenging This is the first American murder-mystery, and Brown has a wonderful prose that is full of description both gothic and natural. This book was not bad. And yes, possibly Clithero’s brockdfn was part of what made me keep reading I mean, isn’t this guy the “Sleep-Walker”?
All in all, a good read, but not something I will read again anytime soon. Published January 5th by Penguin Classics first published Trivia About Edgar Huntly or, Some may be displeased with recurring incidences of sexism and racism, and while th Taken from my Amazon review: Acknowledgements Introduction Charles Brockden Brown: I finally finished this book!!! Every time I picked up this book, it felt like I was reading a different narration and hence I drowned in my growing confusion as I tried to figure out what the heck just happened.
I didn’t know there were questions about editions, so I felt like I was coming in to this mid-conversation. Other reviewers comment on how long and boring this is, but I really enjoyed it!
Such an ugly bloody bloody past you have. He goes off on long tangents in his narrative, forgetting his original purpose to investigate a friend’s murder. Strange, difficult to understand sometimes because no quotation marks were used for dialogue but I think that’s how things were in the time it was written. Many of the characters that were in Clithero’s tale also happened to be known by Huntly, for example, Sarsefield. Either way, this is a nice touch of the Gothic to delve into–thankfully my class today made it easier for me to understand what happened when reading this.
Waldegrave’s papers also mysteriously disappear, but later the reader learns that they were misplaced by Huntly during the night.
Now let’s throw him down a cliff! Paperbackpages. Languages Latina Edit links. It provides the opportunity to give historical and cultural insight and at the same time, does so in language that does not alienate the 21st century reader.
In the last half of the novel when he is called upon to kill Indians, he says that “My aversion to bloodshed was not to be subdued but by the direst necessity.
Edgar Huntly or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker by Charles Brockden Brown
Aug 27, Heidi rated it liked it. I was hoping this work would shed more light on the period, in a way that’s what I was reading for, but it does make a very important statement about man’s inclination to self-destruct and the social destruction caused by revenge amongst the natives and the settler communities in late eighteenth century America.
Broadview’s ebooks run on the industry-standard Adobe Digital Editions platform. Huntly has a habit of forgetting to introduce characters, assuming we k This book was really hard to get into and the plot was hard to follow. Now let’s hit him in the face with a tom-a-hawk! This book brockven a few things well. Long and drawn out, but a good, driving story.
Not only that, but there are various paths within the cave that one can take, making the cave mysterious as well. BUt I suppose thats what makes him a sleep walker as well, even though we dont find out about this later on. There’s another bit where the townspeople, without any sense of irony, are rude to a Lenni-Lenape woman, calling her greedy for wanting land in the town.
May 09, Rochelle added it. Then we get some adventure, as Edgar pursues Clithero into a cave on one of his sleepwalking jaunts. While this would be impossible to most people, Huntly is able to open it because he just so happens to be a wooden box maker. Quotes from Edgar Huntly; or, Technically an epistolary novel, if you count pages of one long, narrative “letter” followed by three super short letters as an epistolary novel.
About a hundred pages into the book, when the characters are just starting to become complex and mysterious, the novel’s narrator and main character goes sleepwalking and wakes up in the bottom of a dark cave in the middle of Indian territory.
Things got a bit easier halfway through but un Though the plot was interesting and many of the themes of the work did come across effectively, I could not really abide the prose of the book. It means very little, since it’s such a subjective word; people call Woolf boring all the time, but I cannot get enough of her. It’s nice when I read a large tome and some of my English-major training pops back into my head, especially when it’s then reinforced by a literary critic who gets paid to have good ideas.
I suppose I should grant it some leeway, since it was published inbut The Monk was published just three years earlier, got to the point faster, and was a much easier read.
Aug 28, Rachel Skye rated it it was ok Recommends it for: February Learn how and when to remove this template message. Retrieved from ” https: Huntly concludes that Clithero may charlfs the murderer.
Learn more about ebooks here. This is a strange and interesting little book.
Then Brown basically just says: Feb 11, Sean Endress rated it really liked it. Huntly decides to follow Clithero when he sleep walks.