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Carmilla por Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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Carmilla (original 1872; edição 2008)

por Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (Autor)

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Predating Bram Stoker' Dracula, Carmilla is the ultimate gothic vampire tale-stylish, menacing, sensual, and spellbindingYou are mine, you shall be mine, you and I are one for ever. When a mysterious carriage crashes outside their castle home in Styria, Austria, Laura and her father agree to take in its injured passenger, a young woman named Carmilla. Delighted to have some company of her own age, Laura is instantly drawn to Carmilla. But as their friendship grows, Carmilla's countenance changes and she becomes increasingly secretive and volatile. As Carmilla's moods shift and change, Laura starts to become ill, experiencing fiendish nightmares, her health deteriorating night after night. It is not until she and her father, increasingly concerned for Laura's well-being, set out on a trip to discover more about the mysterious Carmilla that the terrifying truth reveals itself.… (mais)
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Título:Carmilla
Autores:Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (Autor)
Informação:IAP (2008), Edition: Edition Unstated, 106 pages
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Even though a story is considered to be classic--as is Carmilla--and is, in all likelihood, an excellent story, it's very difficult for me to read the "old" florid style with indirect language and little action. I become impatient. This time, I chose to listen to the audio version and it was fantastic. Elizabeth Klett's voice was sparingly dramatic as well as clear and evocative. She also artistically tailored her voice to each character just subtly enough for ease of differentiation. The story had a very slow build and very little action, but it the psychological horror was exquisite and the ending sent shivers up and down my spine.

I'll be listening to the audio edition of more classics. ( )
  quantum.alex | May 31, 2021 |
The time is very near when you shall know everything. You will think me cruel, very selfish, but love is always selfish; the more ardent the more selfish. How jealous I am you cannot know. You must come with me, loving me, to death; or else hate me and still come with me, and hating me through death and after. There is no such word as indifference in my apathetic nature.

I had the best intention of doing lengthy review on this, with its place in literary history and the translation of the vampire craze of the 1700s in eastern Austria into Gothic literature, but it's not happening right now. (Sorry! Lousy reviewer!)

I will settle for saying that as Gothic goes, this one is written in clear-as-a-bell prose, conveying a deliciously chilling vampire, and has stood the test of time. Read it if you haven't; it's available free from multiple sources including Project Gutenberg and feedbooks.com.

I will mention that Wikipedia has a very nice article on vampire literature that includes a great timeline from the 1748 emergence of vampires as a literary phenomenon to the present, so if you inclined to do the homework I am shrugging out of, go for it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_literature ( )
  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
I was intrigued by the idea of a lesbian vampire story that predated Dracula, but once I started reading it I triple faked myself out. First, there was the modern introduction that provided a Gothic framing for the story -- written as a modern academic providing evidence that while this story was perceived as fiction when first released, recent diaries, etc., have suggested that the entire thing could have been based on real accounts the author personally knew!

This introduction was perhaps far too clever and had opposite its intended effect. Paired with the fact that the only author photo and bio on the back cover was that of the modern author of the introduction, and not Le Fanu himself, I developed this conviction that the entire thing was a con. That Machado had written it all. Even visiting the Wikipedia pages for the book and Le Fanu couldn't shake my feeling of unreality. Add on the very modern illustrations, and I just couldn't read this as a pre-Dracula Gothic tale, but it felt modern throughout.

Which isn't necessarily a bad thing? After I emerged from the mists of this novel and dug a little deeper on the research, it became clear that this book was what it said it was. (Minus the gloss of it being a true if barely obscured account of a real vampire. Probably.) And that's kind of fascinating -- that it could have still felt so modern. Maybe just because so little period fiction with lesbian sensibilities survived to be handed down across ages.

Fun, but I would have preferred it without the introduction. ( )
  greeniezona | May 2, 2021 |
Loved it. A classic Victorian Gothic Horror. ( )
  Aetherson | Apr 26, 2021 |
Plot:
Laura grows up quite lonely with her father in a remote castle in Styria. She wants nothing more than a companion. When a carriage accident brings Carmilla, a girl her age, to the castle, Laura is overjoyed. But the two girls also realize that they know each other from their childhood dreams. Carmilla is a mysterious girl who seems to be hiding something – Laura doesn’t know what it could be.

Carmilla is a beautiful staple of the vampire genre (and it is set in Styria, which I didn’t know. as an Austrian, I find that particularly nice), and a lovely queer classic. I really enjoyed it.

Read more on my blog: https://kalafudra.com/2019/04/07/carmilla-joseph-sheridan-le-fanu/ ( )
  kalafudra | Mar 8, 2021 |
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Predating Bram Stoker' Dracula, Carmilla is the ultimate gothic vampire tale-stylish, menacing, sensual, and spellbindingYou are mine, you shall be mine, you and I are one for ever. When a mysterious carriage crashes outside their castle home in Styria, Austria, Laura and her father agree to take in its injured passenger, a young woman named Carmilla. Delighted to have some company of her own age, Laura is instantly drawn to Carmilla. But as their friendship grows, Carmilla's countenance changes and she becomes increasingly secretive and volatile. As Carmilla's moods shift and change, Laura starts to become ill, experiencing fiendish nightmares, her health deteriorating night after night. It is not until she and her father, increasingly concerned for Laura's well-being, set out on a trip to discover more about the mysterious Carmilla that the terrifying truth reveals itself.

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