Ethel Lilian Voynich: The Gadfly



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I m not sure which one I read first but whenever I think of either it immediately reminds me of the other The Count of Monte Cristo alongside The Gadfly Many things can be said about these two but it s simplest to say that while Monte Cristo is romantic The Gadfly is much closer to the realityThere are some similarities between these two the protagonists are perfect and pure in the beginning but soon they re cheated and isolated many years from their previous ives Meg and the Mystery in Williamsburg (Meg Duncan, love interests families belief setsThat s when the two novels seperate ways Dant s is blessed He happens to inherit piles of gold and gems he makes himself noble goes home gets sweet revenge and wins back the girl who is now aady In short he fixes things right Meanwhile the desolation twists and turns Arthur into this new man who is almost a creature with violent tendency and deeply buried belief He goes back home with scars not only on his face and arms but also in his mind and heart a mistress new name new appearance and above all his transparent hatred and secret Pregnant Man love He is torn between the burning desire to believe again and the despair the betrayal has brought him He dies a death that no reader can ever forgetI think while both novels are splendid The Gadfly makes a much better reread than Monte Cristo due to its humane aspect I LOVED this book It has all the elements of a great novel good storyine controversy well developed characters beautiful writing subtle romance and enough intrigue to hold my interest from beginning to end It truly is a classic Interesting that is was not popular in the US but sold over 2 million copies in Russian and many around Europe and China even made into a movie Perhaps the subject of revolutionaries rising up against the church is too much for our puritan history This book was reuired reading in Russia and should be in every iterature class in the US It is that good It is a wow Blew me away The Gadfly an English anguage book barely known in the West became a sensation behind the Iron Curtain writes Benjamin Rammin I THINK THIS IS THE SADDEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ I cried and cried and cried However it was absolutely Amazing It starts with a completely inauspicious beginning and develops in to an incredible plot with a climactic ending Ah A most engrossing book Amazingly deep characters I wonder if anyone noticed The book poses a big philosophical uestion What would one rather do save the Kawaii Manga live of aoved one or the ives of many people he doesn t even know What would you do if you were in Cardinal Montenelli s shoes Why had I not heard of this bookauthor sooner I read this in a day and a half I really could not put it down Nice pace great writing and full of meaning I thought it was a terrific book that really makes you think about religion and characterI think it will be one of those books that I have to read every few years The Gadfly The Gadfly 1 Ethel Lilian VoynichThe Gadfly is a novel by Irish writer Ethel Voynich published in 1897 set in 1840 s Italy under the dominance of Austria a time of tumultuous revolt and uprisings The story centers on the I read this book for the first time when I was eleven I cried so hard over it the pages in the end of the book were all yellow and crumpled with tears For a few years it became a cult book for me as for many Soviet teenagers So now I decided to re read it in English to see if it can stand without the prop of revolutionary ideologyWell one thing Russian translation was brilliant Second thing I bawled my eyes out again That was unexpected But I m not even sure I m embarrassed about it Because the book is really powerful Of course now I see different things in it than I saw when I was a child some things I didn t see at all some things I understood in exactly the opposite way But the book is still deep dark bitter heart wrenching thought provoking and very very wo. 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.

Rth reading Half a dozen party pies for unch and just finished The Gadfly on 3pm Seemed uite well written for the most part but went very sentimental and romantic at the end A couple of places where it jumped a The Accursed little in continuity as well especially where Arthur finally reveals himself to the Cardinal There had been no hints in the narrative to prepare for this whereas ateast with Gemma there had been hints and inklings on each side But a couple of other things I found disturbing in the writing style as well One was the sudden way in which all the prison guards seemed to take to the Gadfly s humour and personality when most of those around him in his own group were still a bit put out by his behaviour and tendency to push things to uncomfortable extremes for no apparent reason in their eyes He did not seem to be teaching them anything positive He just had his own expectations and outcomes which were beyond everyone else and only seemed steeped in revenge on the person closest to him in his youth who had ied seemingly against that person s own belief and not just his own This made much of the drama about his goodness actually seem uite puerile I have suffered for and because of you when really he brought it all on himself And then in the final throws to euate himself with Jesus facing the cross It seems so strange to me that the only image atheists can use for their own point of view is to be against the strange images of the church Surely if they have any merit of their own it should stand clear and firm in its own right At east with primitive religions they do have their own alternative rituals and ways of seeing beyond such harsh and judgmental images But much of what they have used as their own anguage has been usurped by organised religions anyway So that makes claiming anything back seem even harsher than the measures by which such theft originally occurredHowever the sense that atheists call themselves rationalists seem the most far fetched point to me They don t seem to be any clearer in their thinking than anyone else And they have just as fanciful and romantic ideas and passions about how they express themselves in word and action anyway Although I enjoyed most of the book I found the ending uite disappointing The father and son facing each other over a ravine seemed a reasonable enough image to come to but the resolution of it was mocking of the conviction of the father above and beyond the church in which so many mere humans still struggled to improve themselves to their own ideals And most of those in the revolution were no greater in themselves about what they thought or did or how they acted with each other But they merely gave themselves the excuse that they were only human and expected no better of themselvesObviously Arthur Rivarez did strive for something greater in one sense but that was fired by the influence of the church in his youth And what he actually achieved as an adult was not really driven by anything higher than some means of wreaking revenge on both his father and the structure within which he resided and existed and through which he fought his own battles to raise himself above the ordinary ives of the humans around himEach had an extraordinary strength of character But neither really had a greater cause in the end than their own relationship with each other which they had both sullied by their behaviour and attitudes There is no redemption here At Swing Sideways least the Cardinal did all he could each and every moment of hisife to raise himself as best he could to his own standards which were strongest within himself and not just the outward show of others in the church around him To play the position was not of that much importance to him But he did use the privileges he had earned to try and do better in situations than he otherwise would have been able to It was not entirely random It E original artifact or were introduced by the scanning process We believe this work is culturally important and despite the imperfections have elected to bring it back into print as part of.

As within his own principles Rivarez seems to have had no real driving force Even the sense of what he and his comrades were really for was not particularly well presented It was a side comment to try and given them some The Secret of the Great Pyramid legitimacy without really facing the content of their issues of any claim to self rule or whatever that was about Merely being against the government was meant to be enough of an explanation whereas ateast the religious uestion was spelled out for its hypocrisyI got the sense overall that the book suited the romantic passions of youth baulking against authority Especially where these terms are used in asking the Cardinal to join them youth seems to be the main aspect put forward here as to why they should be joined Change for the sake of change rather than for any great injustice which needs to be addressed And also fighting for the sake of making a point with someone who you cannot hope to hold a decent conversation with where is the rationalism in thatWhat I found useful about the book was the clear Dancing with Mr. Darcy link between Catholicism and revolution which I have experienced through circles of people around me Protestants of various forms seem to have come to their understandings in uite other ways Yet they also seem to be just as unforgiving and difficult to talk through any issues with But they are sidelined in this book because the real struggle being faced is within a catholic for a space against which he can face his own Catholicism and make something else of his place in the world I don t think it is achieved otherwise why would he have to die the same as Jesus die for the cause don tive it Once again there is no way forward Only a wall to run into It is the Lesca living journey that I am interested inIt does also make me realise how difficult it is for anyone else to see what I do when they are so caught up in their own ways of thinking about such things in black and white terms The movement out of one situation seems to them to only take one particular pathway And so to give up Catholicism is to become communist In my father s mind they were one and the same thing so what does that really mean about themIsn t this about understanding the difference between the religious cultural part and the political part within a person and further the economic tension of ownership and distribution which also then goes with that But these are not the terms through which these issues are displayed and explored There is still the sense that there are people with plenty who donate to the cause and are supporters While most ordinary people only have theirives and their energy to bring to anything They have to find supporters elsewhere or be able to convince others as poor as themselves that whatever Sharpes Trafalgar little they canive should be given up to the cause as wellIt is all war It is all finding an enemy to stand against It is all an inability to find another way to approach such things because one side or the other will give up in frustration over any discussion of issues to become bogged and turn it into being entrenched and refusing to give way to anyone else And then the other side will feel forced to use their force to counter such intransigenceThe opinions and attitudes to which they adhere seem to be irrelevant All that seems to matter is that they feel strongly enough whatever it is that they do feel And then they put all their energy into that position Just to stand against those who are usually most close to themselves in ideas and personality anywayBizarre This is THE MOST HEARTBREAKING book I ve ever read I ruined the Punished last pages with tears It s so precious but well the religious inner monk of you isn t gonnaike it You might end up uestioning things which is not necessarily a bad thing of courseAnd there is no need to mention the heroism and revolution aspects of the book as it was uite popular among revolutionarie. Our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process and hope you enjoy this valuable bo.

Ethel Lilian Voynich née Boole was a novelist and musician and a supporter of several revolutionary causes Her father was the famous mathematician George Boole Her mother was feminist philosopher Mary Everest niece of George Everest and an author for the early 20th century periodical CrankIn 1893 she married Wilfrid Michael Voynich revolutionary antiuarian and bibliophile the eponym of t