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From Hell by Alan Moore
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Apr 27, 2008

it was amazing
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The Jack the Ripper mythos is, as Moore tells one in the appendix, so convoluted with theories as to be almost nonsense. From Hell is not an attempt to tell it like it was, but rather a piece of fiction in which Moore uses the murders as a way of channeling something much closer to Crime and Punishment: the psychology of a mass murderer. But, where as Dostoevsky's hero takes theory and alone makes it into murder, Moore's Dr.Gull is encouraged every step along the way. Instead of finding emptiness and guilt, he finds revelation. Tapping into a wealth of occult, psychology and history, Moore not only makes a more frightening and believable reflection of the “superman” with Napoleonic characteristics, but manages to create him as a personification of modernity's failure to bring about a Utopian world of science.

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