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  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    How can a book be boring and interesting at the same time Read William Godwin s gothic moral fable St Leon and you can find out for yourself St Leon is boring because the narrator, the alchemist St Leon who sounds a lot like the political philosopher William Godwin is humorless, sententious, and given to rumination Although he speaks regretfully concerning his conduct and its consequences, he lacks self awareness and the ability to learn from experience, and although I d like to give God How can a book be boring and interesting at the same time Read William Godwin s gothic moral fable St Leon and you can find out for yourself St Leon is boring because the narrator, the alchemist St Leon who sounds a lot like the political philosopher William Godwin is humorless, sententious, and given to rumination Although he speaks regretfully concerning his conduct and its consequences, he lacks self awareness and the ability to learn from experience, and although I d like to give Godwin the benefit of the doubt and assume that this irony is part of his design his craft is not assured enough, his style not elegant enough, to make the ironies clear We like his wife Marguerite and we don t like him for what he has done to her, and since his voice is the only voice we hear we soon tire of that voice and of his character as well.And yet the book is interesting too For starters, it is a very early attempt at an historical novel and involves an engaging premise how can an alchemist, possessed of the secrets of eternal life and endless wealth, suffer a life filled with misfortune If Voltaire, with his sharp wit, had used this conception as the springboard for one of his moral tales, it would have been a masterpiece But alas St Leon is without wit, a four volume novelthan four times the length of any tale of Voltaire s St Leon s gothic elements are also of interest, particularly the character of the warrior Bethlem Gabor who, having become evil through brooding upon his own misfortunes, imprisons our protagonist in a crumbling castle Finally, the novel is interesting for the obvious influence it had on Godwin s daughter Mary s great novel Frankenstein St Leon, an intellectual cut off from the world by his scientific obsession, is eventually transformed, through isolation and egotism, into a monster the words of his wife Marguerite Thus St Leon is a forerunner both of Dr Frankenstein and of the Creature too


  2. Dominick Dominick says:

    This book was apparently highly regarded when it came out and treated as a classic in the nineteenth century It s difficult to see why Even laying aside the inflated and prolix style as typical of its day, rather than a specific blemish, this is a tedious and baffling book Reginald de St Leon gets the secret of the philosopher s stone from a mysterious old wanderer, who promptly dies after enjoining him to strict secrecy Why pick St Leon to give the secret to Who knows Why does St Leon This book was apparently highly regarded when it came out and treated as a classic in the nineteenth century It s difficult to see why Even laying aside the inflated and prolix style as typical of its day, rather than a specific blemish, this is a tedious and baffling book Reginald de St Leon gets the secret of the philosopher s stone from a mysterious old wanderer, who promptly dies after enjoining him to strict secrecy Why pick St Leon to give the secret to Who knows Why does St Leon put such deep faith in what from any rational perspective must seem like a raving madman he s never met before Again, who knows Godwin seems to have no interest in rationalizing why St Leon is picked there seems to be a deliberateness about the old man s choice or why he is so eager to believe the guy and to honor his oath Further, the book is about a third over before we even get to this apparently central element of the tale The first third seems an overly elaborated demonstration that money doesn t buy happiness which the latter two thirds then drill home again and again, mercilessly Or they might if St Leon was not depicted as perhaps the stupidest man in the history of the universe Strange old man offers you a fabulous secret if you swear never to tell anyone Sure, why not Just take his word at face value and then relentlessly keep the secret from your wife the best woman in the history of the universe, of course until it drives an unbridgeable gap between you and leads to the decline in health that takes her life but perform your alchemy in full view of your servant, so he can then blab about your magical abilities to all who will listen Decide you need a friend to help you in your attempts at philanthropy which would be hilariously inept if they were not so tediously elaborated Why, of course you must pick the biggest misanthrope in the history of the universe, a Byronic figure who makes Byron sByronic heroes look like philanthropists unsurprisingly, perhaps, Byron was a great admirer of this book It doesn t even have consistent internal logic Late in the novel, St Leon insists that he can t give this super misanthrope the secret of the philosopher s stone because anyone with that secret is morally purified by the knowledge if so, why not give it to the hater of humanity and thereby cure his rabid misanthropy , and the keen insight into human nature the gift gives him means he can see that the misanthrope is not worthy of it but where was that keen insight when he befriended the guy in the first place or every other time he catastrophically misjudges people Even how the alchemy works is opaque St Leon routinely refers to using its powers to create wealth without ever addressing how he manages to create currency rather than just gold there is never any discussion of converting gold to currency, just to him producing such and such or so many ducats etc The editor suggests that perhaps Godwin is playing with an unreliable narrator, but if so, the point of doing so is opaque to me Certainly, though, it is hard to take St Leon as narrator seriously Baffling and, to my eyes, a pretty much pointless book what the fantasy element of the philosopher s stone is supposed to add that could not have been dealt with in a fable of a few hundred words is beyond me, after five hundred pages


  3. Paul Creed Paul Creed says:

    Mind boggling beautiful language and a crazy plot Read and enjoyWhy use one word when a stream of marvellous ones will do Takes you to a different century but constantly reminds that human nature is the same.


  4. Robert Rich Robert Rich says:

    This is seriously one of my favorite Romantic era novels Inside the mind of Reginald de St Leon is downright painful It s about as anti Johnson as you can get Whenever St Leon acts honorably he seems to suffer for it, and when he has to get himself out of trouble byunderhanded methods.


  5. Sarah Robbins Sarah Robbins says:

    I remember almost nothing of the plot, but am filled to the brim with memories of Reginald s excruciatingly dramatic and self pitying personality.


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St. Leon; A Tale of the Sixteenth Century [Reading] ➹ St. Leon; A Tale of the Sixteenth Century Author William Godwin – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book without typos from the publisher Not illustrated Excerpt taste Ours This historic A Tale MOBI ´ book may have numerous typos, missing text or index Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book without typos from the publisherNot illustrated Excerpt taste Ours was a sober and dignified happiness and its very sobriety served to give it additional voluptuousness We had each our St. Leon; MOBI :Ê separate pursuits, whether for the cultivation of our minds, or the promotion of our mutual interests Separation gave us respectability in each other s eyes, while it prepared us to enter with fresh ardour into society and conversation In company with each other, hours passed over us, and appeared but minutes It Leon; A Tale PDF ✓ has been said to be a peculiar felicity for any one to be praised by a man who is himself eminently a subject of praise how much happier to be prized and loved by a person worthy of love A man may be prized and valued by his friend but in how different a style of sentiment from the regard and attachment that may reign in the bosom of his mistress or his wife Self complacency and self satisfaction may perhaps be numbered among the principal sources of contentment It is necessary for him who would endure existence with patience, that he should conceive himself to be something, that he should be persuaded he is not a cipher in the muster roll of man How bitter is the anguish we are sometimes doomed to sustain in this respect from the marks we receive of other men s indifference and contempt To feel that we are loved by one whose love we have deserved, to be employed in the mutual interchange of the marks of this love, habitually to study the happiness of one by whom our happiness is studied in return, this is the most desirable, as it is the genuine and unadulterated condition of human nature I must have some one to sympathise with I cannot bear to be cut off from all relations I desire to experience a confidence, a concord, an attachment, that cannot rise between common acquaintance In every state we long for s.

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  • Paperback
  • 298 pages
  • St. Leon; A Tale of the Sixteenth Century
  • William Godwin
  • English
  • 09 January 2019
  • 1458850986

About the Author: William Godwin

William Godwin A Tale MOBI ´ was the son and grandson of strait laced Calvinist ministers Strictly raised, he followed in paternal footsteps, becoming a minister by age His reading of atheist d Holbach and others caused him to lose both his belief in the doctrine of eternal damnation, and his ministerial position Through St. Leon; MOBI :Ê further reading, Godwin gradually became godless He promoted anarchism but not anarchy His Political Justice and The Enquirer argued for morality without religion, causing a scandal He followed that philosophical book with a trail blazing fictional adventure detective story, Caleb Williams , to introduce readers to his ideas in a Leon; A Tale PDF ✓ popular format Godwin, a leading thinker and author ranking in his day close to Thomas Paine, was enormously influential among famous peersHe and Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, secretly married in She died tragically after giving birth to daughter Mary in Godwin s loving but candid biography of his wife, Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman , further scandalized society Godwin, caring not only for the baby Mary, but her half sister Fanny, remarried He and his second wife opened a bookshop for children Godwin, out of necessity, became a proficient author of children s books, employing a pseudonym due to his notoriety His daughter Mary, at , famously ran off with poet Percy Shelley, whose Necessity of Atheism was influenced by Godwin Mary s novel Frankenstein also paid homage to her father s views Godwin s life was marked by poverty and further domestic tragedies Godwin s prized manuscript attacked the Christian religion and was intended to free the mind from slavery The Genius of Christianity Unveiled in a Series of Essays was published only many years after his death.