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The devil is wonderfully described and I feel as if I know him all too well. He passes such sublime insights into theological debate that it sets the mind spinning. It is a cleverly described work of fiction which tends to polarise one's opinion towards religion and the general inhumanity of mankind. What struck me was that the description of "jaded youth", of selfish and "sensual egotism" in the late 1800's was equally applicable in the new Millennium. After reading it I found myself less likely to bemoan daily trivial problems and more likely to appreciate the simpler beauty of nature around me.
However, 20 years after and after reading it three more times i can say it is an indepth examination of the human mind and the genesis of evil and corruption in our society. Modern man will do well to read and learn that the pains and failures of our today world has its roots in our selfishness, greed and vanity. In addition our inability to decipher it to be mere vanity makes it more complicated.
Every man should own one!.
This book, at least, puts the lie to that.
You don't have to be an afficionado of late nineteenth-century British fiction to enjoy the Sorrows of Satan. However, it does help to be a believer, a Christian, because it gives a certain edge to the transactions between the protagonist and the Prince of Darkness. There are echoes of Oscar Wild's novel, Dorian Grey, and plenty of purple prose. I like the opening line: "Have you ever known what it is to be poor?" That grabs you.
However...it does run on ... and on. Corelli needed a good editor. Instead she had some of the same sins as modern practitioners of pop fiction seem to have, not knowing when to say "Enough." More is always better, apparently.
Still, the style is at time provocative, without becoming excessively vulgar. The Victorians somehow could convey the depths of human depravity without resorting to using all the four-letter words we have come to, alas! expect in the modern novel.
All in all, this is really a 3 and a half star book, only uneven, and a bit long, and withall a stretch for anyone who has not grown up on Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens and Makepeace Thackery. They all got paid by the word, and it shows. Who has the time?
Well, at least here, Corelli provides us with a chance to spend time in a really different ethical universe, where Satan actually YEARNS to have his temptations resisted to the end. Odd. Very odd, and somehow affecting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am re-reading this book after 30 years and still find something worthy in its message. It's a bit repetitive and overly obvious, but I forgive Corelli. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Almin1
Watch out if you buy the edition with the ISBN 978-1499316568. It is a cheap CreateSpace reprint of the Marie Corelli novel with very tiny print, chapters run together, no title... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ellen Etc.
This is one of those "lost opportunity" sort of novels. The premise of this book was a potentially clever and compelling twist on the Faustian legend. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Gloria Mundi
I love this book. However, I don't think the few pictures at the start of each chapter means the book is illustrated. That was the only thing that did not meet my expectation.Published 22 months ago by babbie
Frankly, I didn't get through this book, although I'm sure it's just as beautifully written as other Corelli's books are, and I've read
several. Read more
Superb book. Thought provoking on how feeble and small we really are. How we let things control use and what we do. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Robert Diceston
An interesting book written about 1895 and set in England. But the story is compelling and makes you think about God. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Teresa Dookharan
A most excellent book, there is no wonder she outsold the likes of even dickens and Thackeray. The best book I've read in a whilePublished on March 23, 2013 by James A. Norman