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OUP Oxford, Apr 28, 1983 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Beckford's Gothic novel, "Vathek", an Arabian tale, was originally written in French when the author was 21. It is the story of Caliph Vathek, whose eye can kill at a glance, who makes a pact with the Devil, Eblis

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User Review  - LGandT - LibraryThing

The best part was the last 2 chapters. Just couldn't get into this one. The imagery is wonderful, but all I got from this was a bit of preaching at the end and a seemingly endless feast of food, which was fine but made me hungry. Read full review

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User Review  - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing

Four years have passed since I read “Vathek” and I remember very little about it. What I do recall is that it was slow, tedious, and neither characters nor plot engaged me at all. Read full review

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