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Exchange of Souls

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"Exchange of Souls" by Barry Pain is a captivating novel that delves into the intriguing concept of souls swapping bodies. The author weaves together a complex and thought-provoking story that explores themes of identity, love, and the consequences of playing God. Pain's writing is rich and descriptive, bringing the characters and settings to life in vivid detail.

The plot moves at a steady pace, keeping the reader engaged and eager to see how the characters' lives unfold as they navigate the complications of their new identities. The moral dilemmas presented in the novel add depth to the story, making the reader question the boundaries of right and wrong.

Overall, "Exchange of Souls" is a compelling read that will leave readers pondering the nature of humanity and the choices we make. Barry Pain's skillful storytelling and unique premise make this a book worth picking up for anyone looking for a thought-provoking and immersive read.

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Although only lightly known as an author of horror stories, Barry Pain departs from his typical themes with 'An Exchange of Souls'. In this novel, respected doctor Daniel Myas is a scientist who has developed a machine which allows for the exchange of his 'personality' with that of another. However when his attempt at 'exchanging souls' occurs with an individual very close to him, only a form of horror can be the result, and the reader is led down a path of deterioration and fear. Undoubtedly this novel, published in 1911, influenced H.P. Lovecraft’s tale of personality exchange in 'The Thing on the Doorstep', published in 1937. Pain's development of the theme of immortality by use of scientific methods proves quite difficult, and at the same time quite intriguing. What are the potential results when 'souls' are exchanged, particularly with those of the opposite sex? - Summary by Roger Melin

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