Guilt by John Carroll

by
February–March 1986, no. 78

Guilt by John Carroll

Routledge, Kegan Paul, 264pp, $35pb

Guilt by John Carroll

by
February–March 1986, no. 78

This odd little book could be a worthy antipodean entry in the Bead Game, the semi-religious competitive ritual that Herman Hesse in his Magister Ludi (1945) saw steadily engrossing the high intellects of the West as we neared the year 2000 CE. Players were challenged to confront the full breadth of human culture and compose a personal Hand, a sequence of allusions to past high moments of faith, science or art, whose novel juxtaposition and hidden correspondences would both deeply inform and spiritually enrich. Because they lived impotent and dejected amid the rubble of an exhausted civilisation, Hesse’s players had no more gratifying occupation, and, of course, the introduction of new beads treating of the culture of the recent past or anything faintly contemporary was severely discouraged.

A.F. Davies reviews 'Guilt' by John Carroll

Guilt

by John Carroll

Routledge, Kegan Paul, 264pp, $35pb

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