Uncle Silas by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

After her father’s death, Maud Ruthyn is sent to live with her Uncle Silas who is follower of the Swedenborgism. In this “religion”, people could freely visit heaven and hell, and talk to angels, demons and other spirits. According to her father’s will, she will be forced to live there until her twenty first birthday.

The plot is a truly turmoil of events and emotions where we can follow Maud’s struggle for survival against her uncle and her French governess Madame de La Rougierre. On the other hand, she finds some alleys as Milly, Silas’ daughter and her cousin Monica.

This book is based in a short story “Passage in The Secret Story of an Irish Countess”, which is published in The Purcell Papers Volume 2.

Another curiosity about this book is that the author wrote in the first person as a woman which is not so usual in this kind of book, except for Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

After finished this book, I’m planning to read Carmilla and In a Glass Darkly.


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