The son of a heinous sinner, Medardus is brought up in a monastery to atone for his father’s wicked ways. After succumbing to temptation, however, Medardus himself is lured into a life of sin, and he embarks upon a fantastical journey in which he meets his doppelganger, involves himself in a game of double impersonation, and becomes embroiled in murderous intrigues at the Vatican, before the mysterious curse hanging over him and his family is finally explained. (Taken from the back cover)
This novel is a wonderful gothic mystery, with little bits of humour added in. I was hooked from the first page and it is the fastest I have ever read a classic novel. It is full of bizarre characters, that the reader meet through out, however I found that all the characters had a purpose within the novel.
The plot is like a rollercoaster and constantly keeps the reader on the edge on their seat. I was constantly surprised by the direction the novel took as it never went the way I thought it was going to go.
Overall, for me this is a true German Classic that should be read and appreciated by everyone.