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Between Silences kAnn Radcliffe drops a tab of acidThat s how this novel length tale from Hoffmann reads A mad gothic romp of murder mystery mistaken identity religious frenzy mania bizarre barbers satanic legacies and Despite being nearly incomprehensible plot wise attempting to work out the intricacies of the labyrinthine plot alongside the myriad number of characters would take you months this is a greatly enjoyable albeit ridiculous take on the gothic novelApparently Hoffmann was greatly inspired by Lewis The Monk which I am still yet to read Not my favourite by Hoffmann but worth reading if you enjoy gothic literature or bizarre tales The Devil s Elixir is a first person narrative of the life of the Capuchin monk Medardus full of sin murder mystery doppelganger love lust and religious frency It s dark and fairytale esk Dreams and reality are often intertwined very cleverly and I have to admit sometimes too clever for me so it felt sometimes nearly incomprehensible to which the writing style added a lot Also the female figures felt very stereotypical and shallow in their characterisation On the other hand one of the supporting roles a barber was uite enjoyable It s not you it s meThe plot itself is uite fascinating My mocking status updates might not have conveyed that very well but it is a Gothic novel you don t really ask for reason and logic in those there s simply lots of doomed love Doppelganger and Very Dark Secrets However the writing style wasn t my cup of tea It was verywordy It felt like you could have cut out at least a third of it and it wouldn t have made any difference It didn t add to the atmosphere which was admittedly uite creepy the characters or anything The only result that after reading 10 15 pages my thoughts started wandering off I missed half of the story and when there was some big reveal I was all What did just happen and had to leaf back to re readDNF at about 23 but I did look up the end on wikipedia soyeah I did want tonow what happens next but not deperately enough to finish it A mad monk pursues a saintly beautiful woman only to be himself pursuedThis story was inspired by The Monk the early Gothic classic but not exactly A riff Hoffmann tells the tale from the monk s point of view as he stalks an ideal young young woman Meanwhile he accidentally ills a man which sets in motion such a chain of events that it makes a modern suspense novel seem straightforward Hitchcockian before there was Hitchcock and lots sophisticated than the original tale Look to this story for the roots to the suspense genre and the Jekyll and Hyde trope even American PsychoUnfortunately a lot of the tools Hoffmann used to tell the tale were clunky at best in full on Gothic mode slow and dull and weirdly out of order so tension is only built up after the fact and it s only in the last few chapters that the story begins to pay off One of the major conflicts is summed up It s weirdA modern book written by a man of genius who wasn t uite able to invent a new genre and perfect it too Five for plot and three "FOR EXECUTIONRECOMMENDED FOR READERS LOOKING TO THE ROOTS OF "executionRecommended for readers looking to the roots of suspense and readers of Gothics who are able to make some allowances I find it hard to wax lyrically about The Devil s Elixirs by ETA Hoffmann and will eep this review short by my standards The story is about a monk called Medardus

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is given trust over relic which is an elixir given to St Anthony by the Devil Naturally Medardus is unable to resist trying out the elixir and from this point onwards the story gets muddledMedardus is of course corrupted by the elixir and it is difficult to tell how much of the remaining story is down to insanity and how much of it really happened He imitates a wicked Count who is imitating a monk and who may be his half brother and he murders the wife and son of the household while falling in love with the daughter From there he moves from place to place pursued by his doppelganger and unable to escape the daughterTo be honest I struggled to follow most of the rest of the story and could not muster up the enthusiasm to attempt to re read it and try I had a suspicion that Hoffmann was not following any rigorously plotted storyline and was just throwing up whatever sensational idea he had in his head at the timeThere are one or two things that Hoffmann conveys well not least the fanaticism of those who enter holy orders We tend to think of religious fanatics as being those who turn their bigotry outwards and attack the lifestyle and beliefs of others but there is another ind of fanaticism that held by monks and members of enclosed orders This is an inward fanaticism where they follow their beliefs in an hysterical and self abasing manner constantly looking for sinful behaviour in their own actions Are they being too proud or vain in their devotion to god Are they sacrificing enough or too much Is their self sacrifice boastful And so on This form of fanaticism is cloying and unpleasant but one that is harder to feel too strongly about because it is turned inwards and not outwards harder to feel too strongly about because it is turned inwards and not outwards harm themselves and not othersIn a post Freudian post Jungian age when horror stories have become increasingly psychological it is difficult not to read Hoffmann s text in a similar way whether or not Hoffmann so intended it How many of the events that happen to Medardus are merely products of a diseased mind Is the double his own split personality Does he only imagine he has per. This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923 This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages poor pictures errant marks etc that were either part of th. ,
Die Elixiere des TeufelsWith visions insanity murder sin wickedness lust repentance and all of the rest
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ecclesiastical vocabulary has to It s not always easy for the reader to decide what is real and what only happens in the mind of the monk because there are auditory and visual hallucinations galore in this novel It s obviously the author s intention to leave the reader in the dark about this until the end While reading I assumed that Medardus suffers from a degenerative mental disorder probably something from the broad spectrum of schizophrenia Those diseases were still unknown at the time the story is set "and were attributed to the temptations of the eternal adversary aka the "were attributed to the temptations of the eternal adversary aka the For the author ETA Hoffmann however the field of psychiatry was apparently not unknown Therefore the scenes in which the monk goes mad belong to the strongest ones in the book Not that strong was the unnecessary complex history of the family Even in the end I wasn t fully able to comprehend it Also the somewhat complicated sentence structure was something that bothered me here and there Basically I have nothing against long bothered me here and there Basically I have nothing against long as long as they flow nicely which unfortunately they didn t in this case The book was published in 1815 and I think the early 19th century German fits the rather dark story pretty well All in all I found the book too long but I never meant to abandon it Is it worth reading Yes but with some reservationsFree version available on zenoorg This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License Wow I ve read uite a bit of Hoffmann now but I wasn t uite prepared for this It s actually less manic than some of his short stories but it has all of his usual obsessions identity confusion supernatural beings coincidences hallucinatory ramblings murder lust etcI generally prefer his darker material such as the Sandman to which this would make a good companion piece The overriding theme though is the identity confusion over the main character As other reviewers have noted it gets pretty confusing though it only really gets confusing when Hoffmann attempts to explain all the previous shenanigansha hahe goes back several generations which all seem to involve sons brothers half brothers who very often have the same Christian names Now I realise that for some people this would be too disconcerting however I love it In fact whilst I was reading it I ept imagining Hoffmann chuckling to himself as he wrote it and there aren t many books that I read where I can envisage the author having fun writing it than the reader gets in reading itHoffmann wrote another story with a similar confusion over identities called Princess Brambilla but that one didn t uite work for me The Devil s Elixirs gets it pretty much spot on In fact since finishing it I ve been contemplating going through it with the intention of trying to unravel the plot further though this may not be a wise move I ve just read The Shattered Self which has a chapter on The Devil s Elixirs where the author mentions that Efforts to unravel the plot to separate action from thought or to explain rationally the tragic curse can only diminish an appreciation of the novel The Devil s Elixirs was originally published in two parts then as a book in 1816 This translation was originally published in 1963 and was a joy to read Ronald Taylor notes that there was an earlier translation from 1820s but that it was abridged If it s the one on Project Gutenberg then I would suggest avoiding it and reading this translation See of my book reviews on my blog Literary FlitsLabyrinthine is certainly the word for the plot of this dark mystery Its narrative snakes around sometimes circling sometimes doubling back on itself so I was often absolutely bewildered as to whether I was following Medardus or his doppelganger yet The Devil s Elixirs Bat Ode keeps up an excellent pace throughout so I found it a gripping read In fact considering this novel is now over two hundred years old there is a remarkable lack of superfluous chat and diversions I guess even Hoffmann had toeep his mind on the journey or he would have lost the thread himselfNarrated in the first person by Medardus an ambitious young man who is prone to vanity and pomposity The Devil s Elixirs could be set in pretty much any time period from the mid medieval until its actual time of writing It has a Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work kind of timeless dark fairytale uality and I was reminded of my teenage Dennis Wheatley reading phase I wouldn t be surprised to learn that Wheatley had read Hoffmann I loved supporting roles such as the irrepressible Italian barber dwarf Belcampo and the Prince who flits from fad to fad in order toeep himself entertained The female characters are perhaps unsurprisingly for a book of this vintage less convincing and their only being seen though Medardus eyes renders them too stereotypically for my 21st century tastes essentially mother figures or temptress virgins However if you can get past The Devil s Elixirs reflecting social standards of two centuries ago and not just towards women then it is an intriguing and engrossing light horror mystery Difficult to summarise but a very fast read The Devil s Elixirs is a psychedelic novel of the 19th century with all the elements of the Gothic genre sinful monks damesels in distress madness mystery and supernatural elements This is the best book I ve read in a while and one I d like to read again in the future. 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Formed some of these wicked deedsThis would certainly "explain all the doubling of characters and the plot unities involved Medardus and the Count eep doubling up "all the doubling of characters and the plot unities involved Medardus and the Count eep doubling up mingling in with St Antony The virtuous daughter Aurelie becomes bound up with St Rosalia It is as if Medardus mind has become ill and he remains obsessed with the religious iconography of his upbringingThere are a number of distracting side stories that seem surprisingly similar to the main story At one point our hero is staying with a Prince with whom he has courteous disagreements He then hears a story about a drunk who falls out with a landlord and it is hard not to wonder if this is what is really happening and the story about the Prince is a delusional version of his uarrel with a landlord rather than an actual eventHowever I should stress that the narrative does not confirm this and it instead attempts to wrap up the story with some explanations that did not ease my confusion Judging by its rating on Goodreads I can see that many people disagreed with me but frankly I was not sorry to finish reading this book and cannot recommend it Western civilization since Aristotle I guess anyway he s often blamed for it has long been obsessed with meliorativepejorative dichotomies good and bad right and wrong sin and virtue love and lust you and me While perhaps semi useful in some situations of thought it appears that the complexities of life and culture were deemed by Western culture somewhat complex and freuently a gradation of possibilities that a series of eitheror propositions some centuries ago I took The Devil s Elixirs thematically as an exploration of what happens when one tries to live such false dichotomies No one is perfect or totally evil wholly a sinner or a saint all of us human beings are of course mostly waffling or wallowing in the grey area in between the two extremes which are not even completely mutually exclusive concepts either To live a false dichotomy then is to be split in two and you get the great occidental doppelganger narrative Conrad s The Secret Sharer Dostoevsky s The Double and Hoffmann s The Devil s Elixirs The logic seems to be that I can only be one or the other but if I find I am at different times both then there must be two of me maybe Maybe it s also my models my ancestors my mentors look at how many of me there are I m practically an infinite number of peopleEvil twins parallel narratives and generations of characters with the same names repeating endless variations of similar stories proliferate in this wild and wildly recounted first person narrative of a mad or perhaps so utterly sane he s actually telling the truth monk named Medardus or maybe Viktorin Medardus not only has similar mentors and role models but a double or perhaps alter ego or maybe he s only A Similar Looking Half Brother similar looking half brother own bifurcations get projected on the outside world as well wherein every woman he meets is either a spotless saint or a tempting demon or both but only in a troubling back and forth of actions and attitudesThe narrative is as crazy and disorienting as I m making it sound but it s also told in such a matter of fact and logical way that it becomes oneiric in the later modernist tradition of Kafka and Bruno Schulz The text s abrupt weirdnesses told in such a deadpan fashion are really disarming at first Everything that happens in the story Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War keeps coming back around each event gets experienced then explained and then sometimes re experienced and re explained reviewed from other point of view then interpreted wholly differently than what I took from the narrative s first presentation of it The narrative is therefore crazy and engrossing and wickedly clever Perhaps it s a bit long and repetitious even tedious for an impatient reader but I myself enjoyed every startling event replay explanation and re explanation as part of the novel s pointed attempt to demonstrate the absurdity of absolute truth of judgements and of eitheror logic in general Without objective reality everything is an endless parade of ever changing re evaluations noOf course the subtext and I assume inspiration for this novel is Matthew Lewis s English Gothic masterpiece The Monk I loved this variation however because of it s much philosophical theme and its explosion of the confines of the genre into something so modern and so much weirder than any Gothic romance that preceded it Nice tonow that only Gothic as a genre and perhaps Sterne s satire was able to predict the most original techniues to come of 20th century literature Also with its invocation of the holy icontemptress Aurelie The Devil s Elixirs felt like a ind of missing link between Matthew Lewis and Gerard de Nerval as his 19th century oneiric fantasies this is beginning to read like a list of my favorite late 19th and early 20th century authorsI had no idea E T A Hoffmann had written anything other than tales until uite recently and I m so pleased I discovered this Can t wait now to read his other novel which is much highly touted than this one The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr This is the is much highly touted than this one The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr This is the story of the Capuchin monk Medardus written by his own hand When exactly the story is set is not told probably sometime in the early 18th century In his monastery Medardus finds a mystical bottle that contains the titular elixir of the Devil I think I don t say too much when I tell that he takes a sip from that bottle His further life is filled. 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