Private Memoirs & Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
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Robert is a difficult and disturbed young man. He comes from a troubled family background and turns to his Calvinist faith for solace but finds it hard to get along with other people, particularly his brother and his dissolute father. After he falls in with the mysterious and charming Gil-Martin his actions become more and more extreme. He convinces himself that he is one of the lucky few who have been chosen for heaven and that therefore all his actions automatically right and good...even murder.


About James Hogg

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James Hogg (1770-1835) was born in the Ettrick Valley in the Scottish Borders. When he was seven, his father, a sheep farmer, went bankrupt and Hogg left school hardly able to read; he could only shape letters "nearly an inch in length," he wrote later in his autobiography. For many years, he worked as a cowherd and later as a shepherd. His mother, however, steeped him in ballads and folklore, and his grandfather was apparently the last man to talk with the fairies. Only in his twenties, when Hogg was exposed to books once more, did he begin to write, his first creations being "songs and ballads made up for the lassies to sing in chorus." At forty, he set out for Edinburgh and, after starting the short-lived satirical magazine The Spy, he wrote poems and stories for Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, first published in 1824, has long been considered his masterpiece. Margot Livesey was born and grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands and now lives in the US. She is the author of a collection of stories and four novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, and Eva Moves the Furniture.
Published May 25, 2006 by Penguin. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Biographies & Memoirs, Horror, Romance, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, War, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Prompted by his charismatic companion - who lacks only cloven hooves to give his identity away - Wringhim is easily tempted into the belief that he can be God's champion by killing the already damned.

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