The Devil and Pierre Gernet

I just read the short story The Devil and Pierre Gernet by David Bentley Hart. I’m not sure that a short story has ever left me wanting to sit and talk to its author the way this one has. I’ll post a review soon. Initial thoughts:

  1. The book seems pretentious due to the vocabulary, but Hart just talks that way. If you can read it without a dictionary, the GRE or the LSAT would be a joke (I missed two on the verbal GRE and I had to look things up).
  2. Hart’s descriptions of the emotional life are spot on, which is unusual to find in a public intellectual.
  3. Several of the themes of Hart’s work come up, particularly aesthetics, materialism, and a sort of Trahernian mysticism that the demonic character mocks.

 

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