Batabano Girls, Georgetown
Batabano Girls, Georgetown
  • 60 monks
    • 04/09/2012
So after ploughing through Steinbeck's East of Eden, which i did enjoy, despite the overuse of biblical parallels, and Dicken's Hard Times, which i have to say was a bit of a let down compared to his usual high standard, i am now ploughing through Dostoevsky's "The Idiot". And it certainly requires some concentration, a huge cast of characters each referred to by two or three different russian names, lots of long passages and monologues and almost shakespearean farce and confusion.

So i was delighted when amidst Lebedyev's drunken exposition about how society is changing, and how extreme situation decrees what is natural behaviour, he spends a page or two talking about a man who during famine turning to cannibalism and devoured 60 monks. Also 6 young laymen. And then the ethics of eating so many monks but only a few children. Were the children less nutritious or just more of a toll on his conscience than eating a monk, or were monks just easier to lead into the woods and kill due to their inquisitive nature!! etc. I guess you had to be there.


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