am 27. Dezember 1998
In this thought-provoking work, Huxley focuses his incisive intellect on a group of seventeenth-century French nuns who are possessed by "devils." A witch-hunt ensues and a priest, innocent at least of being a magician, becomes the victim of his enemies, who use the nuns' "possession" to justify judicial murder. Huxley's insights into the terrible consequences of obsession with evil is more than just historically interesting. His central thesis, that preoccupation with evil in others never leads to anything positive, illuminates the current moralizing tendencies in the political activism of the religious right. A lucidly told, fascinating account of the consequences of unbridled righteousness put at the service of political ends. Highly recommended.
am 26. August 1999
Based upon actual historical events, this book is brilliantly researched and its tale eloquently told. The description of the interaction and implications of religious extremism, political machinations and sexual jealousy, make for a very enjoyable read.
However, the structure of the text is somewhat peculiar. Huxley insists on interrupting the main flow of the narrative with pages of philosophising that appear to belong to another book.
Despite this minor irritation, still a book to be highly recommended as representing Huxley at his very best.