Fascinating but disturbing. I knew next to nothing about the history of Mormonism before reading this, so it was definitely informative. Repetitive afFascinating but disturbing. I knew next to nothing about the history of Mormonism before reading this, so it was definitely informative. Repetitive after awhile though and it was rather grisly reading chapter after chapter of callous murders, assaults, rape, sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Through these examples Krakauer definitely makes his point clear.
Violence obviously isn't unique to this religion, nor is it unique to religion alone, yet you can certainly see how people who have gone off the deep end like the Lafferty brothers, were able to use (or perhaps twist) the words of their revered prophets to justify their actions. The amazing thing is how many apparently sane people around them knew of their plans and didn't take action to stop them. Just in case this really was a revelation from God, they didn't want to stand in the way and displease Him. What can you even say about that?
Just to clarify, the author does clearly state several times over that these Fundamentalists Mormons are not part of the mainstream Church of LDS, and that the two do not share the same beliefs in regards to things like the shedding of blood, polygamy and the oppression and exploitation of women and children, and I think that this is pretty obvious to most people.