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The History of Caliph Vathek Kindle Edition
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I think it may have made an impression on some early novelists by its extravagance and imagery.
What isn't generally known, however, but is clear to me, is that prior to his writing bender, he also, obviously, ingested, inhaled, and intook an asylumful of drugs before proceeding.
Through that prism, we now understand the results: An Ecclesiastical narrative gone horribly awry, in both the writer's brain and on the page. At no point during the reading did I have a real good idea what was going on. It was disjoined, and just plain bonkers. It was like being sideswiped by a fast-moving truck and having no idea what just hit you.
The author must have immediately detoxed, and not tried that again, because hey, we haven't heard from his since, have we?