“Good read...! Based upon a real person from history. Well researched..]!”Doc Kozzak wrote this review Friday, July 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a superb book. Actually it is part of the research I assign myself for my writing. In this case it is a pleasurable task.
This goes way beyond the hysteria of the nuns so if one is thinking this book is going to solely focus on that outrageous situation--perhaps you best read another book.
This is a serious document. This is no novel with a 'storyline', but an examination of how people can become irrevocably controlled, controlled so that they no longer are thinking entities.
In the past it was through the popular belief in 'devils' now getting people to be controlled is more involved--think Jonestown, Nazis and Stalin.
The Devils of Loudon is not only a masterful account of the mass hysteria that surrounded the so-called possession of the nuns of Loudon, it is a book that goes much further than that.
One understands better the grasp of any sort of totalitarian regime and how those sorts of ideologies gain followers.
This book is one of the greatest books I have ever read and I intend to re-read it many times.
It has a message that should be scrupulously studied if we ever wish to better understand the world in which we live.
I cannot recommend it highly enough!
“Reading Huxley's non-fiction is a conversation, paced and reasonable; once in a while he is downright funny.”Scott P wrote this review Wednesday, April 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Huxley knows his stuff in re: France, pre-Revolution. Enjoyed Huxley's Grey Eminence years ago. Interesting man, AH.”Scott P wrote this review Friday, April 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A good study of how people can be influenced to exagerate and condemn somebody to witchcraft or devil worship.
In 1643 Urbain Grandier was the naughty parson of Loudon and while he was known to have shown interest in local ladies he spurned the prioress, Sister Jeanne.
Sister Jeanne than claimed that he had caused demonic possesion of her and several other nuns followed suit.”
“serenity said: 2 stars
A group of nuns in a small town in seventeenth century France become possessed by devils who drive them to do all manner or unspeakable blasphemies. They point the finger at the local parish priest as the magician behind their affliction. But is it supernatural or spite? Huxley delves into this true period in history where a town is consumed by witch-hunting supernatural frenzy. The basic story is intriguing, but what I found excruciating about this book is that is delves into long psychological discourses on human nature and the nature of religiousness. That coupled with a very dry writing style made the book not so great for me.
“Historical account of suppressed passion and lust wrapped in a death shroud of religious fervor. Oh nasty, nasty combination. Painful to read, do so at your own risk. What an education on religious hypocrisy.”Amber M wrote this review Wednesday, November 21, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No