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1.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like this, but..., 15 Feb. 2007
This review is from: The Dark Sacrament: Exorcism in Modern Ireland (Paperback)
I've honestly never read such a badly written book. I can't believe this tripe got published. Maybe there were grains of truth in the stories told, but the stories are written so badly it's hard to take them seriously. The authors also make some really irritating comments about the opinions of the Irish people in general which I believe are grossly mis-informed. They also make some, quite frankly, ignorant comments about the "occult". Some of the stories are laughable in the way they're treated, and some have contradictions. I really can't stress how badly I think this book is written, especially when they interupt a story for, to quote a shampoo advert, "the science bit" - it feels like they're begging you to believe the story and sometimes I found the science bits - and the bible references completely irrelevant to the point they wanted to make. And then there's good old Reverend Cartwright - he pops up a lot, not in every story, but a LOT. In the end I was waiting for the part when some poor afflicted person calls in a 'professional', and I couldn't help chuckling when, yet again, it turned out to be the good Reverend. On whole it seemed like there was no real research into where these "hauntings" came from, and really it wouldn't be hard to research a place or plot of land to find out what or who was there before the afflicted families. Instead we get the tale of the haunting, we get someone - usually the Reverend - coming in and cleansing the space or performing a 'deliverance', and that's it - no historical research, just be thankful to God for getting rid of the ghosties, because remember - it's those whose prayers aren't up to scratch that end up with the ghouls. And, in case anyone is wondering - I'm not a sceptic, that's why I picked up this book, and that's why I was bitterly disappointed in reading it. Like I said, I really wanted to like this, but...
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Initial post: 12 Sep 2008 10:54:41 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2008 09:34:04 BDT
You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree wholeheartedly

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2009 11:15:54 GMT
L. Power says:
I reviewed the Pirates of the Caribbean book because I am an artist and bought it to research conceptual art for motion pictures but seeing as you're so disappointed that I haven't reviewed all the books I own please tell me who you'd like me to review next; Nietzsche? Marx? Lacan? Or how about Shakespeare? Wilde? What about the poetry of W.B. Yeats? The origins and theories of fairy tales? Photography of the 20th century? On second thoughts, don't bother answering. I have no intention of pandering to an immature snobbish elitist with nothing better to do than make personal remarks against someone on the internet purely on the basis that you didn't agree with their review. Get a life M. L. Wright.

And for the record, I stand by my review - the book is rubbish, one-sided, mis-leading and very poorly written.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2010 18:34:06 GMT
Milka says:
YOU are equally guilty (if not more so) of "making personal remarks against someone on the internet"!!! I dont actually recall what I wrote initially as youve had my comments removed.
I dont necessarily disagree that the book is poorly written, i disagree with your ill-informed opinions & disparaging remarks concerning the involvement of "Rev Cartwright".
P.S I am not interested to hear the books you allegedly own. Your wishlist & reviews speak for themselves. Looking forward to your Steps Fat dvd review. What an eclectic bookshelf you must have.

Posted on 3 Jun 2010 23:32:38 BDT
Lotus says:
I agree with your review on The Dark Sacrament, some things in the book just didn't ring right to me.

The majority of the stories were about hauntings rather than possessions and the fact that one of the Priests used a person "who had the gift of Discernment" seemed to me to smack of hypocrisy, because in any other walk of life, this same person would be a Medium - hold on, the Priest could not call them a Medium, it goes against everything they believe in - no matter, they can get round this by calling it the "Gift of Discernment" - it is all the same thing, whatever name they give it!
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