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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,011 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Hogg Narrator: Peter Kenny, Nicholas McArdie Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A psychological thriller before its time, James Hogg's Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, published in 1824, takes us back to the world of 18th-century Scotland, into a mind haunted by religious obsession, and driven to commit murder. The events are told from several different viewpoints, so that truth and reality appear to dissolve in this disturbing story of the dark legacy of Calvinist doctrine, and how it led one man to madness.

Misunderstood and neglected for more than a century, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner is now regarded as a classic of the supernatural, comparable with Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, or Dracula.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sam | 2/17/2014

    " I found this book quite a difficult read and did take a while to get into it. However I enjoyed the different narratives and different points of view given by these. I liked how the Editor's narrative told the events based on know fact and how this set-up the Sinner's narrative which told the same story from a personal and extremely biased view. The story shows how any form of religious extremism and self-rightousness is dangerous and how it can come to dominate a person's life to the extent that they would kill for it. It can also be interpretated as a story about mental illness rather than religious extremism and shows how an obsessive and suggestable personality can become destructive and murderous. I think it is a story about both and how these two things interplay and 'feed' of each other producing the religious zealots that were abundant in the past and are becoming so again today "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Allison King | 1/29/2014

    " it was a disturbing look at how Scripture can be twisted to justify evil actions. it was like reading the diary of a pharisee. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Justin Wayne Abel | 1/27/2014

    " Outstanding. Without an acquaintance with Christian doctrine (particularly the doctrines of the reformation) a reader may not get the full effect, but this is without a doubt one of the finest examinations religious horror among Christiandom that I have ever read. Terrifying, yet also hilarious. A weird ride with the sublime, and unsettling doctrines of John Calvin that pulled so much weight in Scotland. Skillful use of dramatic irony,or is it unreliable narrator,or both, or what????!!! Seems to be ahead of its time. I was thrilled by the apparent use of magical realism. Isn't "magical realism" an appropriate way to describe the literary genre of this work? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 1/23/2014

    " An excellent book and fascinationg as an account of what could be called, depending on the era and the concepts used, "demon possession", "mutiple personality disorder" or something else! The book pre-dates the more famous Dr Jeckle and Mr Hyde by Stevenson, which it presumably influenced. "

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