If you think that the best response to religious extremism is to laugh at it, then James Hogg’s most famous work, published in , demands. Citation for published version: Fielding, P , ‘The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner’. in The Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg. Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner study guide contains a biography of James Hogg, literature essays, quiz questions.

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The Editor re-appears briefly at the end, explaini This book opens with an anonymous Editor offering a page Narrativethe story of what happened here. The novel is two tiered, a found editor’s investigation and a journal form the eponymous: Finally, George is murdered by being stabbed in the back, apparently during a duel with one of his drinking acquaintances. One of the central tenets is the doctrine of predestination.

One of those books that like Janus looks forward as well as back and is more powerful in its potential to inspire than in it’s ability to deliver on its own terms. Since most of it is told from the point of view of the anti-hero, we really don’t know whether Gil-Martin is real, or merely a figment of his imagination. The book caused an outrage among certain sections of the Scottish Presbyterian community when it was first published inso much so that subsequent editions had to be modified.

Jun 26, Shovelmonkey1 rated it liked it Recommends it for: I kneeled, And was going to stretch out my hand to take one, when my patron seized me, as I thought, by the clothes, and dragged me away with as much ease as I had been a lamb, saying, with a joyful and elevated voice: Perhaps the most obvious interpretation to start with is the religious angle.

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg

Why I mention this is because it does take a while to adjust to the vernacular of the text. My feelings confessionns the main character, Robert, were unusual. She initially flees him but her father forces her back, and they live separately in the one house. Hogg should be better remembered. Some of the most compelling material comes relatively late in the book.

From that moment, I conceived it decreed, hofg that I should be a minister of the gospel, but a champion of it, to cut off the enemies of the Lord from the face of the earth; and I rejoiced in the commission, finding it more congenial to my nature to be cutting sinners off with the sword, than to be haranguing them from the pulpit, striving to produce an effect, which God, by his act of absolute predestination, had forever rendered impracticable.


Like so many others, it has uustified from the cultural domination exerted by England over the last few centuries, jamrs it’s time these Scottish classics took their rightful place in the sun as equal partners in the great British literary tradition — highly recommended.

Satan, the double, the mysterious Gill, can also been seen as a physical representation of sin and temptation. Language is actually justofied of the main reasons I tend avoid classics.

I first read this at university, but decided that it was long past time to reread it. I have no idea what this book is about. If there is no God, if there are no ethics, then the strong, slnner beyond the limits of good and evil, can do and act as they will. View all 8 comments. But by the end of the “Editor’s Notes”, I’d remembered. This jsmes late-Gothic at its most I felt as one round whose body a deadly snake is twisted, which continues to hold him in its fangs, without injuring him, farther than in moving its scaly infernal folds with exulting delight, to let its victim feel to whose power he has subjected himself ….

View all 18 comments. It is a fact that makes this confessione novel all the more astonishing, not only for its intricate study of the mind of a fanatic, but also for its ingenious form: The confession traces Robert’s gradual decline into uames and madness, as his doubts about the righteousness of his cause are counteracted by Gil-Martin’s increasing domination over his life.

I’d never tire of reading it. The first thought that went through my mind was ‘wow, this seems to be a good, whole hearted, Christian book’ and asked her if I could borrow it. The more I pondered on these things, the more I saw of the folly and inconsistency of ministers, in spending their lives, striving justifiex remonstrating with sinners, in order to do that which they had it not in their power to do.

Maybe it is all of these things. Retrieved 19 June Sve ovo nudi jako dobar pogled na ljudsko zlo i fanatizam.

Either this book is so deep and complex that no one can actually fathom enough of it to pigeon-hole it in a convincing manner, or it is in fact, everything it says on the tin. The narrative is set against the antinomian societal structure flourishing in the borders of Scotland in Hogg’s day. The books list says that this is “at once gothic comedy, religious horror story, mystery thriller and psychological study.


The homoerotic language jsutified more than a simple admiration.

In The Private Memoirs and Confessions of Justified SinnerHogg presents through young Wringhim the danger involve in possessing too much self righteousness in relation to exercise an excessive religious belief to the point of fanaticismthat verges on madness.

As I thus wended my way, I beheld a young man of a mysterious appearance coming towards me. My only real criticism of the writing is that the last third of the sinner’s confession although admittedly diabolic and suitably frightening from a believer’s perspective did labour a little in terms of the sinner’s travels being constantly shadowed by the hellish creatures.

Speaking of crows, I heartily endorse the subtext as being an opposition to fanaticism or any dogmatic approach to life or social order.

I think this is one of the reasons he’s so susceptible to Gil-Martin’s influences – initially he can’t see past Gil-Martin’s religious pretences, and when he finally does it is too late for him to resist.

Dec 10, David Sarkies rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Confessions of A Confeesions Sinner.

How far can we give confessiins narrative any credence? Robert’s own memoir can be seen as the confession of a madman and his tempter could easily be seen as a delusion. Aided by a diabolical, shapesh A mildly entertaining look at an issue of much relevance: Wikisource has original text related to this article: Quotes from The Private Memoi And juxtified, even though we might probably have to regard Robert as somebody who is actually being tempted by the Devil, we get a lot of insight into the darker regions of his inner world.

Towards the end the whole thing gets a bit inexplicable.

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

With a detail of curious traditionary facts and other evidence by the editor is a novel by the Scottish author James Hoggpublished anonymously in From ruining a boy’s reputation with lies to committing murder, Robert justifies his confesaions with the excuse that he is doing God’s work.

Consequently, I quite enjoyed it which I often do, with classics, when I take the time and patience to read them.

I looked again up into the cloudy veil that covered us and thought I beheld golden weapons of every description let down in it, but all with their points towards me.