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The devil rides out,
This review is from: The Private Memoirs & Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
I read this novel at face value, having never read any synopsis or analysis of it. My initial take was this is a very disturbing narrative for the people of 1824. It has elements of satire and also horror which would not surface until at least until the 70's of the last century. Did the author intend this? I am not sure. On face value I am not surprised this wasn't a hit as it is clearly critical of the church and it's structure is so strange that readers of the time would have been quite taken aback.
Reading the analysis of the novel here is quite enlightening. My mind was already blown by the horrible twist in the end but now I am doubly disturbed that perhaps the author meant this all along. Really? In 1824?
The middle section drags on a bit but I would recommend reading this. A weird timely classic which will haunt you whether you believe the subsequent take on it.