The Devils Of Loudun . Aldous Huxley He had been found guilty of conspiring with the devil to seduce an entire convent of nuns in what was the most. HUXLEY’S MASTERPIECE AND PERHAPS THE MOST ENJOYABLE BOOK ABOUT SPIRITUALITY EVER WRITTEN..” — Washington Post Book WorldAldous. The Devils of Loudun: Aldous Huxley: most important later works are The Devils of Loudun (), a detailed psychological study of a historical incident in .
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There was plenty of reason to believe that Grandier was a less than virtuous fellow e. However, there was some potent circumstantial evidence lourun the form of a case of mass hysteria by members of a convent of Ursuline nuns that was attributed to demonic possession at the time.
Huxley tells this fascinating story hhuxley great detail. At some points, perhaps too much detail. The writing style can come across as pretentious, needlessly complicated, and slow-moving at times.
For example, there are frequent quotes and snippets of poetry in French—and a few in Latin—and many of these were not translated to English in the edition that I read.
Apparently, the assumption was that the reader would have a basic competency in these languages. However, when it comes to the climax of the story, the book is as gripping as they come. Having been presented with great insight into Father Grandier, we know him to be a deeply flawed man. Loidun, he manages to become a sympathetic character as he shows virtue of sticking to his guns in denial of being in league with Satan long after the truth of his vices has been admitted. In essence, when juxtaposed to his inquisitors, he becomes the lesser of two evils.
What made this group of nuns behave in such an un-nun-like fashion? There was writhing, foul language, wardrobe malfunctions, etc.
The Devils of Loudun
However, while the Mother Superior, Sister Jeanne of the Angels, clearly had an axe to grind against Grandier for issues regarding organizational leadership and not so much for womanizing the towniesthat also seems unsatisfactory as a cause for these sisters to behave as they did.
There have been a number of cases of pretended possession, but generally these were individuals—e. There seems to be some fascinating psychology at work in this case. The book is arranged in 11 longish chapters, largely following a chronological progression of events. The edition that I have has some interesting appendices as well as a bibliography. I was also reading the book as a general interest reader.
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