Satan Wants Me Paperback – 16 May 2007
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Irwin is a writer of immense subtlety and craftmanship, and offers us a vivid and utterly convincing portrait of life on the loopier fringes of the Sixties. Satan Wants Me is black, compulsive and very, very funny. --Christopher Hart in The Daily Telegraph
About the Author
Robert Irwin was born in 1946. He read Modern History at Oxford and taught Medieval History at the University of St Andrews. He also lectured on Arabic and Middle Eastern History at the universities of London, Cambridge and Oxford. He is the commissioning editor for the TLS for The Middle East and writes for a number of newspapers and journals in the UK and the USA. He is a fellow of The Royal Society of Literature. He has published six novels: The Arabian Nightmare (1983), The Limits of Vision (1986), The Mysteries of Algiers (1988), Exquisite Corpse (1995), Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh (1997) and Satan Wants Me (1999). He is the author of ten works of non-fiction: The Middle East in the Middle Ages (1984), The Arabian Nights: A Companion (1994), Islamic Art (1997)and Night and Horses and the Desert: The Penguin Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature(1999), Alhambra(2004)and For Lust of Knowing; The Orientalists and Their Enemies(2006), Camel(2010),Mamluks and Crusaders(2010),Visions of the Jinn; Illustrators of the Arabian Nights(2010), and Memoirs of a Dervish(2011). He is also the editor of The New Cambridge History of Islam vol.4 Islamic Cultures and Societies to the End of the Eighteenth Century (2010)
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Recommended for a read - 3.5 stars is probably a fair score.
I love when you get that feeling that "someone has been here ahead of me" when you're reading a book - little things that are put in early on and their significance only revealed much later so that you get that "ohmigod" deja-vu feeling - this has loads of those.
The prose is full of marvellous little pearls you wish you'd thought of yourself: "there is a methedrine to our madness" (on his rationale for something they did on an acid trip) and lots lots more. Buy it. I'm getting Arabian Nightmare next.
Just one thing Robert, you go DOWN the hill from the station to get to the Maltings! :-)
I am glad that the Cairo Working was explained in detail near the end but, because of the way in which the narrative had shifted, I felt that it was added as a necessary afterthought. The Black Book Lodge at Horropollo House seemed impotent in many ways and yet there were powerful occult rituals hinted at having been performed. Just when I thought that there actually might be something in this accidental occultist's experience, it was dropped, straightened out and abandoned in the banal mundanity of everyday existence.
The story bucked and writhed just like a hippy chick on LSD at the height of her pleasure but, ultimately, the come down over-shadowed the high.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favourite books in the world. A work of genius and wickedness.Published 17 months ago by Dr Enoch
The reviews, and the blurb on the book itself, describe the novel as funny, even very funny, but unfortunately I have to disagree. Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2010 by Steve
i've had this book for about five years now and i must have read it twice a year mayby more since, i really do enjoy it and only recently sought out more of robert irwins books,... Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2006 by Lucie-Marie