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IBG Tuesday Meetup - The Monk by Matthew Lewis

Hi All,

The last Tuesday meetup of the year was very ably hosted by Sam this month when The Wife by Meg Wolitzer was discussed.

The first January book was then voted on and the winner was The Monk by Matthew Lewis.

Here is a synopsis from Waterstones:

 ....'He now saw himself stained with the most loathed and monstrous sins, the object of universal execration ...doomed to perish in tortures the most severe'.

Shocking, erotic and violent, "The Monk" is the story of Ambrosio, torn between his spiritual vows and the temptations of physical pleasure. His internal battle leads to sexual obsession, rape and murder, yet this book also contains knowing parody of its own excesses as well as social comedy. Written by Matthew Lewis when he was only nineteen, it was a ground-breaking novel in the Gothic Horror genre and spawned hundreds of imitators, drawn in by its mixture of bloodshed, sex and scandal. ...

I'm looking forward to reading it as I'm not really familiar with this genre.

See you then,

Hannah :-)

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  • Janet J.

    Really enjoyable discussion about a book I suspect no one would have dreamt of reading otherwise. That's what I like about this book group, you never know what's coming next.

    January 8, 2014

  • Morgan

    Hi, so sorry, but It looks like I am just not going to be able to make it...(after 7:30 already and totally stuck)...hope you all have fun, I really loved the book, and would love to hear how everyone else enjoyed it! thanks sorry for the late bail out!

    January 7, 2014

  • Natalie

    Hi, just joined so haven't read this book but would like to know the title of next one once decided to join you all next time. Happy new year all!

    January 6, 2014

  • Eleanor M.

    Enjoyed my first book group meeting and look forward to the next one in January.

    December 19, 2013

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