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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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. One of the first American Gothic novels, Edgar Huntly mirrors the social and political temperaments of the postrevolutionary United Edyar.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Paperbackpages. Published January 5th by Penguin Classics first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 17, Bill Kerwin rated it it was ok Shelves: I wish Browwn could like this novel more than I do, but brkwn with Weilandalthough it is innovative, although it possesses all the plot ingredients and much of the atmosphere for a first-class, genuinely American gothic novel, yet its prose is so pedestrian, its structure so flawed, its imagery so disorganized and its narrative so lacking in either suspense or drive that I had difficulty bbrown it.
I have to admit, though, that the conclusion of the book is interesting. Although we question many of narrator Huntly’s interpretations of reality, we grow to edgaar his moral instincts and his evaluation of character, in spite of how extreme some of his actions may be.
But in the end, he brings his friends into jeopardy, and we come to question even his moral instincts. The novel then becomes a radical critique of the reliability of the moral heart divorced from reason–an interesting combination of enlightenment attitudes and romantic sensibilities.
Still, it’s a mess. And often a boring mess at that. Sep 01, Nathan rated it did not like it. Do you find your heart growing weak when you come in contact with the huntlj pace of The Scarlet Letter? Do you often dream about cutting out all those pesky Ahab bits from Moby Dick and making it focus on the whaling industry? Do you wish Heart of Darkness painted colonists in a more positive light and stopped showing sympathy with native populations?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then I have a book recommendation for you! If you’re like the rest of the population, avoid Edgar Hu Do you find your heart growing weak when you come in contact with the fast pace of The Scarlet Letter?
If you’re like the rest of the population, avoid Edgar Huntly at all costs. I usually try to avoid saying “boring” on here. I don’t think it’s a word that has any place in criticism. 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. But I’m going to break that rule here.
Edgar Huntly manages to make a murder mystery boring. Brown uses passive sentence structure throughout the whole thing, making it feel like no actual action is takin place. Then Brown basically just says: He gets so caught up in his tangents, that anything he could possibly say gets muddled.
Not that he says anything worth saying anyway; this book is racist as hell. There’s one point where Edgar says flat out that he wouldn’t feel bad at all if he killed every American Indian he came in contact with.
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. History has not been kind to this book.
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Frankly, I’m shocked Edgar Huntly hasn’t been totally abandoned to the past. Sometimes it’s better not to keep some boring old propaganda in print.
View brocken 10 comments. Edgar Huntly marks the first of a series of supporting texts that I am to read in order to be able to decipher my brother-in-law’s dissertation which was given to me as a Christmas present.
What have I gotten myself into? I don’t normally read novels written in It was nice to charels my brain enjoy reading in a different way. Charles Brockden Brown is insane. This book is so violent and scary. CBB treats his main character like this voo doo doll, it’s awesome. Let’s throw him in Edgar Huntly marks the first of a series of supporting texts that I am to read in order to be able to decipher my brother-in-law’s dissertation which was given to me as a Christmas present.
Let’s throw him into a cave! Now let’s throw him down a cliff!
Now let’s make it so that he has to tumble down this mountain and swim across a freezing river! Now let’s hit him in the face with a tom-a-hawk! It’s kind of fun. What else is kind of hilarious to me about this book is the fact hunntly it’s all written as a letter to his lady. It’s a freaking BOOK! Then at the end he’s all, “Hm. Well, I hope this brief letter finds you well, honey. It’s pages and pages and has taken me weeks and weeks!
Would you look at that? I had a really hard time automatically assuming the Indians were all bad guys. It’s an assumption that readers in the nrockden automatically made. Such an ugly bloody bloody past you have. I really hnutly the scary panthers in it and the crazy lady in the woods, Queen Mab.
Man, it was gorey. I have more I could say about it, but I should probably read my brother-in-law’s chapter about it first and hear what he had to say I certainly can understand the harsh criticism of modern readers, and I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone I know, but it has earned its place in the literary portfolio, and it’s clear the influence Brown had on other, more successful writers who followed.
Jun 29, Barbara rated it edyar it Shelves: An educated man living on the edge of civilization in 18th century America is brockedn by dark tales of death, then goes to sleep one night and turns into an irrational survivalist and killer of man and beast. Through it all, he keeps what turns out to be a misguided notion of honor and compassion and in the end loses everything because of it. Brown’s doleful tale is a reminder that unexpected circumstances can bring out the worst in people.
Complicated unhappy tale with some rather tedious wr An educated man living on the edge of civilization in 18th century America is surrounded by dark tales of death, then goes to sleep one night and turns into an irrational survivalist and killer of man and beast. Complicated unhappy tale with some rather tedious writing but it kept my interest.
Though the plot was interesting broxkden many of the themes of the work did hunrly across effectively, I could not really abide the prose of the book. I’m usually a big fan of long winded prose being a fan of most Victorian literature, but this book really tested my patience.
It didn’t help that the book was written from the first person perspective of a very infuriating character. He constantly thought about things and the narrative often repeated itself.
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. Things got a bit easier halfway through but until then I had to force myself to wade through Edgar’s constant ruminations.
Sep 06, Megan Jones rated brockdem liked it Shelves: Read this for 19th century American Lit. I liked it brosn more than I expected, especially since my las encounter with Brockden Brown was not as favorable. The plot is dense and the narrator tends to ramble and digress. Once I got maybe pages into the book, it was hard to put down. But, toward the end I started to get tired of it.
All in all, eegar good read, but not something I will read again anytime soon. Aug 27, Heidi rated it liked it. My husband and I have a famous quote concerning this book, “Just get to the damn tree already. I’ll be honest and say that I’m grateful I read it. Dec 10, Jon rated it it was amazing. A book with knickers, sleepwalking, and killer Indians?! If you have the mind of a year old like I do, try and find me a better book.
At times tedious and challenging I will confess though, stupidity of the narrator aside, I do find myself liking the book more with time and thought. This is seriously a creepy psychological book, with a severely unreliable narrator that will certain confuse the hell out of you if you are not careful. 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.
Lots of stuff happens of course, I just got lost along the way unfortunately.