Review: A Modern Mephistopheles

February 9, 2015 Whitney Review 0 Comments

Review: A Modern MephistophelesA Modern Mephistopheles by Louisa May Alcott
Published by Bantam on September 1, 1995
Genres: Classic
Pages: 212
Source: Bought
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This chilling tale of lust, deception and greed, first published anonymously in 1877, allowed Alcott the chance to exercise "the lurid style" she believed was her "natural ambition". A novel of psychological complexity that touches on the controversial subjects of sexuality and drug use, A Modern Mephistopheles is a penetrating and powerful study of human evil and its appalling consequences.

A cross between Wuthering Heights and Romeo and Juliet.  I’ve read several other novels of Louisa May Alcott under the pseudonym A.M.Barnard and isn’t my favorite.  A bit slow until the last 25% of the book.  Had a satisfactory (if not sad) ending.

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