Oddly I found Corelli's book about Satan to be more preachy than her one about Christ. There was a lot of things that I loved in this book. Her inditement of the late 19th century printing industry was quite interesting, and the characters were all very amusing. Satan she made sympathetic by having him not enjoy his work, while he tried to cause the ruin of the main and minor characters he hated them for succumbing to him, rather than enjoying their decedance. Indeed Satan would have been an entirely sympathetic and fun character if it hadn't been for his pronounced hatred of all women. (Except of course the author character who seemed to be Corelli personified as an angel of goodness).
There were some brilliant passages of gloom, misery and excess. There were interesting insights into people and society. However, it was just a little too heavy handed. The point was made repeatedly that good women are made bad by reading the Wrong Sort of novels. That these novels will taint them and make them wanton, and not expose them to real love. But at least she did point out that it was a double standard that it was considered fine for men to be this way. Likewise the idea that money can buy everything and if you have it you'll be unhappy as everyone around you will have been bought, was over and over again repeated.
That said it I did still really like the book, even though I definitely don't agree with the author on everything (or perhaps even most things) that she was saying. But I loved the way she said it and the story that was portrayed....Continua