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Zicci   By: (1803-1873)

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Zicci by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton is a captivating and intriguing novel that combines elements of mystery, romance, and the supernatural. Set in the picturesque village of Naples, the story follows the enigmatic character of Zicci, a mysterious sorcerer who possesses extraordinary powers.

From the very beginning, the author expertly creates an atmosphere of suspense and mystery, drawing readers into a world where anything is possible. The narrative is beautifully written, with Lytton's descriptive prose painting vivid imagery of the village, its inhabitants, and the unfolding events. The author's attention to detail is commendable, as every scene feels impeccably crafted to enhance the overall ambiance of the story.

One of the novel's strengths lies in its complex characters. Zicci, who is at the center of the narrative, is presented as an enigma with a magnetic aura. His quiet demeanor and otherworldly abilities make him an incredibly compelling protagonist. Lytton delves into Zicci's psyche, exploring his thoughts and motivations, but always leaving an air of mystery that keeps readers guessing.

Additionally, the dialogue in Zicci is thought-provoking and well-crafted. The characters engage in philosophical discussions and engage in subtle verbal sparring that adds depth to their interactions. These conversations touch on themes such as destiny, morality, and the power of the human mind, elevating the story beyond a mere supernatural tale.

Although Zicci is primarily a romance novel, the romantic subplot takes a backseat to the overarching mystery surrounding the sorcerer. While some readers might find this disappointing, it ultimately serves to maintain the enigmatic nature of the protagonist and keep the narrative focused on the supernatural elements that make the story so intriguing.

However, despite the novel's many strengths, there are moments where the pacing feels slow, causing the narrative to lose some of its momentum. This might make it challenging for readers seeking a quick and action-packed read.

Overall, Zicci is a fascinating and imaginative novel that will captivate lovers of mystery, romance, and the supernatural. Edward George Bulwer-Lytton's expert storytelling, compelling characters, and evocative descriptions make this book a memorable and enjoyable read. Whether you are a fan of the genre or not, Zicci is a book that will leave you pondering its mysteries long after you have turned the final page.

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A Tale



In the gardens at Naples, one summer evening in the last century, some four or five gentlemen were seated under a tree drinking their sherbet and listening, in the intervals of conversation, to the music which enlivened that gay and favorite resort of an indolent population. One of this little party was a young Englishman who had been the life of the whole group, but who for the last few moments had sunk into a gloomy and abstracted revery. One of his countrymen observed this sudden gloom, and tapping him on the back, said, "Glyndon, why, what ails you? Are you ill? You have grown quite pale; you tremble: is it a sudden chill? You had better go home; these Italian nights are often dangerous to our English constitutions."

"No, I am well now, it was but a passing shudder; I cannot account for it myself."

A man apparently of about thirty years of age, and of a mien and countenance strikingly superior to those around him, turned abruptly, and looked steadfastly at Glyndon.

"I think I understand what you mean," said he, "and perhaps," he added, with a grave smile, "I could explain it better than yourself." Here, turning to the others, he added, "You must often have felt, gentlemen, each and all of you, especially when sitting alone at night, a strange and unaccountable sensation of coldness and awe creep over you; your blood curdles, and the heart stands still; the limbs shiver, the hair bristles; you are afraid to look up, to turn your eyes to the darker corners of the room; you have a horrible fancy that something unearthly is at hand... Continue reading book >>

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