Confessions of a Thug

Confessions of a Thug

by Meadows Taylor

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Confessions of a Thug By Meadows Taylor

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ISBN-13: 9781717278241
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/05/2019
Pages: 534
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.08(d)

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Confessions of a Thug 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
arubabookwoman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Philip Meadows Taylor was a British police commissioner in India in the 1830's. At that time, there existed a cult of ritual murderers and robbers called Thugs. Its practitioners were both Hindu and Muslim, and they worshiped Kali (Goddess of Strife and Destruction), or as they called her, Bhowanee.Thugs travelled in bands and preyed on fellow travelers. They often inveigled their way into the confidence of fellow travellers with offers of mutual support and protection on the road. Or they simply ambushed travellers as the opportunity arose.Each thug in a band had a specific duty. The sotha was the conman who was supposed to gain the confidence of potential victims. The bhuttote was the strangler, and the lugha was the gravedigger. The bodies were disposed of in carefully chosen and concealed mass common graves called bhils.This novel is ostensibly the confession of Ameer Ali, a master thug, who is narrating his confession to a British police commissioner. In it, he describes periods of maurauding and murder followed by years of quiet family life living on the booty obtained through his Thug activities.In his autobiography, Taylor says, 'Day after day I recorded tales of murder, which though horribly monotonous, possessed an intense interest.' In the novel, Ali confesses to personally murdering more that 700 victims. The stories of the victims, the tactics and ruses used, the interplay among the Thugs, the fear of discovery--all of these elements make for fascinating reading.Throughout the confession, the police commissioner is largely silent. Taylor does have him say at one point, 'That man, the perpetrator of so many hundred murders, thinks on the past with satisfaction and pleasure; nay, he takes pride in recalling the events of his life, almost every one of which is a murder, and glories in describing the minutest particulars of his victims and the share he had in their destruction with scarcely a symptom of remorse...' And it is true, that the Thugs had a curious code of ethics as to who, when and where it was acceptable to murder a victim.Taylor has written several other novels based on Indian History. One, Seeta, which deals with the Indian Mutiny of 1857-8, is the only novel by a 19th century British author that is at all sympathetic to the mutineers. Confessions of a Thug has been described as the first 'true crime' novel. Since it is narrated in the first person by a Thug, some of the incidents seem exaggerated and self-aggrandizing, but on the whole this is an excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First I ASSUMED that this book was a book about the thugs in the united states, which I was so wrong. Its a book about some thugs in another country...so glad this was a free-be
Anonymous More than 1 year ago