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Record Type: Review   ID: 598

The Ghosts of the Trianon: The Complete "An Adventure" by C.A.E. Moberly and E.F. Jourdain

Coleman, Michael H. (Ed.)

 This book is listed as being a new printing of the most famous case of presumed retrocognition originally published as An Adventure by the two percipients, the Misses Moberly and Jourdain. It is true that Coleman has brought together all the accounts of the case, including a reprint of the original draft, and lists all of the editions in an appendix. However, this material, although important, comprises only 58 pages of the text. It is the remaining 102 pages that seem to me to be even more important, and these pages were written by Coleman, who really merits being listed as the author, and so I have put his name first. What Coleman has done is to reprint, summarize, and discuss all of the pertinent writing about the case in the last three- quarters of a century, aiming to convey the essence of all the arguments fairly and give each one its proper weight. Then he discusses reports and investigations of analogous cases, mostly taken from the records of the SPR, noting especially those cases on which normal explanations were found, thus testifying to the difficulty in establishing that a case is actually paranormal. His own explanation of the case is that "there seems little justification for regarding the story as anything other than wish fulfillment based on confused memories" (p. 151).
Publisher Information:Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England: Aquarian Press, 1988. Bibl; 9 figs; 17 illus; Index
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