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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing., 24 Feb 2010
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Too much of the focus here is on mesmerism (something I had already read extensively about) and I was hoping for more on the subject of seances, Victorian mediums and some entertaining and intriguing anecdotes concerning the great characters around that time.
The book is written in a very dry way and is tedious in places. There are better books on the subject.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a lot better, 7 Mar 2014
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Despite a promising topic this book fails to explore the breadth of its subject; instead it focuses mainly on mesmerism for about 70% of the book, seances and spiritualism for the remainder. The events described in this tome took place against a backdrop of frenzied inquiry into the natural sciences and it would have been helpful if the author had laid out some kind of context before leaping straight into a description of animal magnetism. The perfectly plausible explanation that a lot of the participants in mesmerism were under the influence of hypnosis isn't explored until the very brief epilogue by which point the reader is likely suffering from extreme boredom from the numberous repetitions in this quite slim volume.
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Servants of the Supernatural: The Night Side of the Victorian Mind by Antonio Melechi (Paperback - 1 Jan 2009)
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