If you think that the best response to religious extremism is to laugh at it, then James Hogg’s most famous work, published in , demands. Citation for published version: Fielding, P , ‘The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner’. in The Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg. Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner study guide contains a biography of James Hogg, literature essays, quiz questions.

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During these lost weeks and months, it is suggested that Gil-Martin assumes Robert’s appearance to commit further crimes. That said, I did bogg it a remarkable book and one which I would gladly re-read.

It will be a great delight to anyone interested in the history of either detective or horror fiction. Satan, the double, the mysterious Gill, can also been seen as a physical representation of sin and temptation. When I say my prayers my character changes, My whole mind and body rearranges, This strange transformation takes place in me, Instead of myself everybody can see As far as optional reads go when ascending the Mountain of Classics, it’s a 5 star diversion.

Now this is a terribly dangerous mind-set. However, with the exception of the Scottish accent, I found this to be a relatively easy read. The accoutrements of the genre are all An eerie Caledonian fable about religious dogmatism, which works simultaneously on dozens of levels — atmospheric, intellectual, generic, geographical — and all of them engaging.

It was chosen for me because I normally avoid classics. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Anyway, that was the l The dark side of Predestination I first discovered this book when I was perusing the shelf of a friend of mine from university and the title literally jumped out at me.

This is late-Gothic at its most I felt as one round whose body a deadly snake is twisted, which continues to hold him in its fangs, without injuring him, farther than in moving its scaly infernal folds with exulting delight, to let its victim feel to whose power he has subjected himself …. Seeing that God had from all eternity decided the fate of every individual that was to be born of woman, how vain was it in man to endeavour to save those whom their Maker had, by an unchangeable decree, doomed to destruction.


I found this totally addictive and read it in two sittings. Return to Book Page. This man convinces Robert that he cannot sin whatever he does, and justifiwd leads him down a path that will lead to murder — more than one! I note that when I first saw it my thoughts were that it was a Christian Book. It also impresses as a piece of psychological realism, as Wringhim’s personality is riven beyond his control.

He has no time for them because, ironically, according to him, they turn men into sinners.

Oct 16, Czarny Pies rated it liked it Recommends it for: Rabina gives birth to two sons. As I thus wended my way, I beheld justifiev young man of a mysterious appearance coming towards me. I shall try to tell you why this book is so utterly excellent. Confessions of A Justified Sinner. His treatment of Calvinist doctrine might be oc to play rather straight, but all the other notions his story is concerned with intermingle and subvert beyond any straightforward interpretation.

Well, the Biblical answer to that question is jammes, and I suspect that most Calvinists would suggest that if you were one of the elect then your actions would be severely restrained by your character, which means that you could not actually go and do what the anti-hero of this book went and did.

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Therefore, Gil-Martin may be regarded as Satan himself, and there are quite a few passages that bear out this interpretation, e. Confeessions narrative as jusitfied whole is beset with doubt. Sep 09, Lauren Smith rated it liked it Recommended to Lauren by: Retrieved 10 October What Hogg is exploring in this book is the idea of predestination as it is understood by Calvinists, and that is that one is predestined to be saved from birth, and if you are predestined as such, then there is nothing that can take away your salvation.

The narrator is what we’d call a ‘flat character’, as despite his doubts and concerns, he remains static throughout and does not go through a great revelation about his state. This can be read as a man who is haunted by homosexual lust, or the idea of betterment, as his double takes on the form of his secret desire.

My only real problem with the book was the Scottish brogue. Instead the devil shapes himself according to human images, and as a result is more grotesque and scary. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mar 07, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it Shelves: Have we got one of the first psychological novels, a gothic tale, a crime story, an extremely bitter satire, or a simple jab at extreme Calvinism? To be in a state of consciousness and unconsciousness, at the same time, in the same body and same spirit, was impossible.


This stranger, who could be seen to be the Devil, appears after Wringhim has declared Robert to be a member of ‘the elect’ and so predestined to eternal salvation. The book is not an attack on religious faith in general, but Hogg has a lot of fun with all the gradations of extremity within this particularly elitist little piece of dogma.

Please leave the room, Rick Santorum. And why this edition like so many others doesn’t respect the form of the original book? A few in-jokes, a bit of murder, and some self righteous godbothering. Add one or two stars to my rating if you think the genre itselfis interesting. Gil-Martin, who is able to transform his appearance at will, soon directs all of Robert’s pre-existing tendencies and beliefs to evil purposes, convincing him that it is his mission to “cut sinners off with the sword”, and that murder can be the correct course of action.

Speaking of crows, I heartily endorse the subtext as being an opposition to fanaticism or any dogmatic approach to life or social order.

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg

Hogg has created a story that is bizarre, intriguing and rather mystifying. I’ve never read such wonderful dialogue. It makes me wonder what other obscure, and relatively unpopular books, are lying around today that are going to become the fad a hundred years from now maybe my blog sarkology. This second version is much darker and the prose dinner experimental, until we seem to be dealing with a crazed serial killer attended and impelled by a strange figure who may be the devil himself–if indeed he exists, at all.