Ziska: The Problem of a Wicked Soul

Mary Mackay was a British novelist who began her career as a musician, adopting the name Marie Corelli for her billing She gave up music, turning to writing instead and in 1886 published her first novel, A Romance of Two Worlds In her time, she was the most widely read author of fiction but came under harsh criticism from many of the literary elite for her overly melodraMary Mackay was a British novelist who began her career as a musician, adopting the name Marie Corelli for her billing She gave up music, turning to writing instead and in 1886 published her first novel, A Romance of Two Worlds In her time, she was the most widely read author of fiction but came under harsh criticism from many of the literary elite for her overly melodramatic and emotional writing.
Ziska The Problem of a Wicked Soul Mary Mackay was a British novelist who began her career as a musician adopting the name Marie Corelli for her billing She gave up music turning to writing instead and in published her first nov

  • Title: Ziska: The Problem of a Wicked Soul
  • Author: Marie Corelli
  • ISBN: 9781406515503
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Ziska: The Problem of a Wicked Soul”

    1. Of supernatural love, thrills, exotic dancing of a London society specific to defined gender roles, thoughts on beliefs in higher beings, bent on specified human purpose of a man with two daughters in need of husbands, a Dr. Dean in love with history and spiritualism, a Mr. Murray in love with a beautiful woman and his sister of a famous yet utterly material french artist, and a beautiful princess called Ziska of an Egyptian secret and a mysteryHope you too would enjoy this classic gothic myster [...]

    2. Corelli employs satire at the beginning of the novel to remark on false sense of superiority of the English at the end of the 19th century. Much of this can be linked to the themes that have been discussed throughout the course such as anxiety over racial, gender, social and economic principles that added to the discussions of degeneration of Victorian traditional frameworks. Corelli comments on the issues two-fold: first through the characters within the novel and secondly through her narrative [...]

    3. This should have been edited down to a short story. You could read the first two chapters for the commentary on English travelers. A chapter in the middle for the gist of the plot. And the last two chapters for all the action. I literally fell asleep three times. My advice: Skim. Skim. Skim.

    4. I read this book as part of a literary criticism class on Gothic monsters. As it stands in that setting, this book has a lot to offer. The author, Marie Corelli, is a bit of an anomaly compared to the stereotype of Victorian horror writers. She was very successful, rich, and famous during her life, but then fell into obscurity after her death. The book offers easy analysis from a variety of literary schools due to its content, which not only involves the social issues of the day, but broader iss [...]

    5. This was oddly fun. I laughed quite a bit at the beginning, especially when Dr. DEAN was comparing Ziska's eyes to a bat's. Purple prose galore. 💜💜💜💜Ziska is a reincarnation (sort of) of an ancient Egyptian woman who was killed by her lover when he grew tired of her. She somehow looks exactly like paintings of her predecessor AND has white skin, which seems unlikely. But, it's a Victorian English novel, so unsurprising it's kinda racist, I guess. The gender essentialism was more anno [...]

    6. Marie Corelli was a highly popular writer of sensational novels in the Victorian era. She combined high melodrama with an attempt to reconcile Christianity with reincarnation, astral project and other spiritual aspects not generally associated with Christianity. With Ziska, Corelli uses the medium of novel writing as a vehicle for just that crusade.The plot of Ziska takes place in the British society's "Season" in Cairo. According to Corelli, t is just the same as the London Season, only with sl [...]

    7. Marie Corelli (the nom de plume of Mary Mackay) writes a strangely fun and funny story about vengeance, passion, morality, and life after death. It's strange, because the story really shouldn't work, but it does.The opening rundown of the British tourists swarming through Egypt is spot-on, skewering all and exposing their vanity and ambition. Corelli doesn't pull any punches here; really, she shows no mercy to her characters throughout the whole story. If they have faults, the reader knows about [...]

    8. I first heard of Marie Corelli a couple of days ago while reading Dancers at the End of time. The prim Victorian Christian "didn't care for her novels". So when I found a copy of Ziska in the oxfam in Crouch end I was intrigued to learn more. It said it was a supernatural tale set among the idle rich in 19th century Egypt which sounded great. I have to say I really loved this book! It was kinda like Bram Stoker but written by a woman populated with people usually found in Oscar Wilde or Evelyn W [...]

    9. A pretty basic revenge story, not very original, it's the kinda of story thats been told alot so it seemed pretty familiar when i was reading it. It's pretty obvious that books like The Picture Of Dorian Gray and especially Haggard's She had an influence on this book. Despite lacking suspense (basilcy from the begining it's clear whats gunna happen) i enjoyed it quite abit. I liked the characters, the themes (reincarnation, ghosts, souls, love) and i don't know what it is but i really like Corel [...]

    10. More like a novella, Mare Corelli was the great writer of sensation novels and Queen Victoria's favourite writer; it's talky set in Egypt,& I recommend this if you like the above & especially if you enjoy reincarnation romance. There is also a nifty surprise. So well done!

    11. This book is weird in a good way. A very enjoyable read, only that it suffers from oscillating behaviour between too much of supernatural and philosophy to sudden thuds of realism. Not necessarily bad, but somehow takes your focus away.

    12. It was not at all what I was expecting. This is supposedly an American Gothic novel, probably not a genre I would revisit as it is simply not what I am interested in. It had an interesting underlying theme of a twisted life after death, but other than that I didn't find it very enjoyable.

    13. She is always a different thinker with powerful women characters. I always get the feeling there is a secret in her words so I keep reading her.

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    15. I really liked this book. I did find that I had to concentrate on the style of writing since it was written during the Victorian times. I would choose to read another book by this author.

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