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4.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable book which should be much better known!, 30 Jan 2014
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This is an extraordinary book - a pre-modern post-modern narrative written in 19th Century! It gives conflicting views of the thoughts and actions of a young man who may or may not be a religious hypocrite, drunkard, rapist and murderer, depending on which of the conflicting accounts you choose to believe. It's a bold and experimental narrative which unfolds from an (admittedly dull) solicitor's account of having received a curious manuscript, the contents of which he leaves the reader to judge.
That editor's prologue is a bit heavy going and does nothing to prepare the reader for the extraordinarily first person account which follows, in which the young man appears to be either haunted or crazed after seemingly trading his soul with a devil in the guise of a religious man who convinces him that all his actions are justified as he is one of god's chosen elect. Part satire, part supernatural thriller, part page-turner and multi-layered literary experiment, it even features an Amis-like appearance by the author in the shape of a grumpy shepherd refusing to confirm or deny the details of his own story.
This book is hard to classify or pin down but it really is quite astonishing and it certainly repays the efforts of the reader. It really deserves to be very much better known. Read it and judge for yourself!
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