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The Countess by Rebecca Johns
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Aug 11, 11

bookshelves: eastern-europe, historical-fiction, horror
Read from August 09 to 10, 2011

This book tells the tale of a deeply flawed woman. Indeed, the interesting part of her narrating her own story seems, to me, her denial. She proves herself a rather unreliable narrator, focussing on the parts of her story she wishes to emphasize, minimizing those actions of hers that add up to her monstrosity. At the beginning of her story, one cannot help but empathize with Erzsebet. As the story unfolds, however, her claims of righteousness become more and more unbelievable. Having finished reading this book, I find myself asking, how do humans become monsters? Are they born with the capacity for monstrosity, or does life lived inject the monstrousness into the personalities and beings?
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