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The Beast of Jersey Paperback – 1 Dec 1981


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New English Library Ltd; New impression edition (1 Dec 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450017176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450017179
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By whiplash on 26 Sep 2013
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This book is a classic.This complex and fascinating book is a brilliant read and will have you hooked in the first few pages.When you get to know about the man in this book,you will be amazed at what and how he did it.I would give you examples but I don't want to spoil it for you.This is an interesting and unbelievable read,you wont be disappointed
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My son is made up with this as it is part of history of where we live. Good condition aswell
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A fascinating read that is well worth investing in despite its few quibbles (and they really are only a few!).

The down points: The editor/proof reader should have their knuckles rapped, as the grammar, spelling, punctuation and absence of words/duplicated words litter nearly every single page (especially from mid point through to the end of the book).
The author also tends to keep repeating things several pages after they are initially mentioned. Fair enough it is usually to emphasise a point, but it feels somewhat like unnecessary padding to the book. Considering she is not a writer the book is well written aside from the many typos and repetition. One example of the repetition is the multiple times the villainous Gilles De Rais is mentioned, then slightly elaborated on then forgotten for a few chapters, then mentioned again before finally having a full chapter dedicated to the subject.

The Good points:
I was sceptical at first about whether or not this was a woman cashing in on the horrid subject of the Beast of Jersey plus the fact that so much of what he did should have been picked up upon by his wife. Reading the book, however, I realise that all those points are no longer valid. The author states he did convey a Jekyll and Hyde personality with potential schizophrenic traits and certainly manic depressive traits. Publicly he was a relatively normal citizen with some various quirks about his character, such as his dislike of the English and obsessive researching in to his family history (the Paisnels came to Britain from France with William the Conqueror and on Jersey they can be traced back to the 13th and 14th centuries.
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