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And I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s sitting in an attic somewhere. I read a great deal of less-than-awesomely-edited fiction lots of straight-to-paperback and e-book-only work so I am used to rolling over the rules when the story is good.

Is she a strong woman truly or not?

Wieland, or, The Transformation

The introduction to this book, written by a contemporary of Brown’s named Evert A. But is it Carwin who delivers the fateful command to Theodore Wieland? It’s a male author writing from a female perspective and I was surprised how well he did with that. I was disappointed when I related to him a book plot involving a man terrorizing a family with a dummy and he said he hadn’t read such a story but if I ever found the book he would really love to.

I was quite excited to start reading this book, actually. Jul 16, Stacey rated it it was amazing. On her way home, Clara stops to visit her friend Mrs. It goes on it that style all the time, btown never have pages been productive of so complicated syntactic and stylistic horrors for me!


Wieland, or, The Transformation by Charles Brockden Brown

That Clara was written by a man and that he got her so right, at a time when it would have been difficult for a man to get into the head of such a woman is a remarkable achievement.

Not all of the mysteries are neatly tidied up, and the true motivations and explanations for the events portrayed retain a certain air of mystery.

Perhaps even he cannot say for certain. This obscurity does not cease to have a puzzling effect to me, since Wieland is portrayed brockde the first American gothic novel. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. This early, little-known American classic should be read at night, in a dimly lit room, alone to get the full effect.

Using a character witness as the narrator of a plot about the unreliability of the physical senses, heightens Brown’s desire to undermine the simplicity, practicality, and reality of a rational, Enlightenment world view. It felt to me as if I were embodying an ancestor wielan Clara, I felt I was having her experiences: What happens to the love story as the plot progresses?

I am a big fan of convoluted psychological suspense and mood. I actually found Wieland less confusing than most of what I read.

While reading, I sometimes imagined that the Wieland estate could easily be the setting for a much happier story. Unfortunately, the book does not take that view, and instead focuses on another story, so that the tale of insanity is barely a sub-plot.

Romance is gently budding between Clara and Pleyel. Still, unbelievable and clumsy as it occasionally was, it was an interesting place to spend a few hours, in an America that tied to the Old World still, pristine and yet totally cultured, and wholly theoretical in its concerns. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Ventriloquism exists as a plot device in Wieland, though it goes beyond this simplistic use; Clara Wieland can be thought of as Brown’s ventriloquistic voice.


It is amazing what I won’t notice when my heart is in my fist as Clara, in a time of no electricity, no phones, no cars blasting music, cut off from all but a handful of humans, approaches the abandoned murder house at dusk only to find a burning candle in the window of her former bedroom.

Cjarles makes me sad is that wielanx book is criminally under-read especially considering how ridiculously good it is.

Essential reading for anyone with any interest at all in the gothic. When Carwin says, “I exerted all my powers to imitate your voice, your general sentiments, and your language” Wieland, it can be read that Brown himself has been attempting as an author to speak using a female voice.

Crucially, they come to fog the brain of Wieland chares, an American Abraham awaiting word from on high. Clara is sure that Carwin is the source of Theodore’s madness.

I enjoyed this book purely for the fact that it is one of the first American novels. My sieland of it? What key events happen here?