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The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
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Nov 03, 12

bookshelves: 19th-century, gothic
Read from October 26 to November 01, 2012

What a fascinating novel this is! A couple of things are certain: multiple people have been murdered, for example, and Robert Wringham believes in the justification of the elect (a la Calvinist predestination). This is a classic and crucial text in the Gothic tradition. The reader is offered three different narratives of the same story, all widely varying and all somewhat suspect, and together they provide a disturbing map of death -- and a portrait of what may be either startling supernatural activity or simply the machinations of one very disturbed mind. I really appreciate the fact the novel offers no easy answers, only a condemnation of fanatical belief and a warning of how easily manipulated an individual's psyche can be. This ranks with (and predates) The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde as a sophisticated psychological study of the dark side of the human soul.
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10/26/2012
50.0% "Whoa. Imagine if Psycho had been written in 1824, and Norman Bates was well marinated in the doctrine of Calvinist predestination." 2 comments

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message 1: by Eric (new) - added it

Eric Bryant As a Calvinist, this is utterly inriguing. Will have to check this out during the holidays.


message 2: by Amy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Amy Sturgis Erancal wrote: "As a Calvinist, this is utterly inriguing. Will have to check this out during the holidays."

I'd love to know your thoughts on this!


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