Private Memoirs & Confessions Of A Justified Sinner
It is Scotland in the early 18th century. Fear and superstition grip the land. Robert Wringhim, a boy of strict Calvinist upbringing, is corrupted by a shadowy figure who calls himself Gil-Martin. Under his influence he commits a series of murders which he regards as "justified" by God under the... show more
It is Scotland in the early 18th century. Fear and superstition grip the land. Robert Wringhim, a boy of strict Calvinist upbringing, is corrupted by a shadowy figure who calls himself Gil-Martin. Under his influence he commits a series of murders which he regards as "justified" by God under the tenets of his faith. Hogg's book is a brilliant portrayal of the power of evil, and a scathing critique of the organized religion. Superbly crafted and deftly executed, it resists any easy explanation of events; is this stranger a figment of Robert's imagination or the devil himself?
Publish date: August 7th 2008
Publisher: Canongate UK
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, 19th Century
I first discovered this book when I was perusing the shelf of a friend of mine from university and the title literally jumped out at me. The first thought that went through my mind was 'wow, this seems to be a good, whole hearted, Christian book' and asked her if I could borrow it. She kindly lent i...
First sentence: "It appears from tradition, as well as some parish registers still extant, that the lands of Dalcastle (or Dalchastel, as it is often spelled) were possessed by a family of the name of Colwan, about one hundred and fifty years ago, and for at least a century previous to that period."...
Of the gothic novels that I've read, this one could most easily be adapted into a modern retelling. It would be perfectly seamless. This is, of course, assuming it hasn't been done already. The book is divided into two sections. The first is an extended not from the "editor", explaining the circumst...
I have no idea what this is! 19th-century Gothic horror of some sort?
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