The Good Man Jesus And The Scoundrel Christ (2000)
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (2000)
3.32 of 5 Votes: 3
1847678254 (ISBN13: 9781847678256)
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The Good man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ was disappointing. I won’t beat around the bush, it could have been so much and it really wasn’t. It sums to a pretty basic retelling of the salient parts of the Christian story with the odd suggestion that the miracles (including the resurrection) could be explained away. The thinking is sound, the story idea is sound, the book is not.It’s saving grace is the Afterword which contains a almost 20 pages directly from Philip Pullman’s explaining why and how the story came about. I enjoyed this part of the book. Philip Pullman can write very very well, his message is good and I wish he had written a more in depth book in the style of that last chapter instead of try to commit it to a story.Ho Hum. I’m giving the book 6/10. It was readable, the Afterword saved it at least one full star. It could have been so much more. Pullman gives us a different perspective on famous stories of the life of Jesus. Well, I say famous; I missed a lot of the references here by not knowing the original NT stories very well. Jesus and "Christ" are twins. I got a bit confused at the beginning because it looked like Christ was the one with magical powers, but later on both brothers or neither have them. Still, it's a novel built on ambiguity. Jesus's prayer at Gethsemane would alone justify the price of admission, but Philip Pullman's afterword is the best bit by far. If the old-time prophets had been as good storytellers as he is, religions today would be of a much higher calibre.
inventive story telling, deceptively easy read but so much subtext…Pullman deserves his rep
This is a fantastic concept that just failed to really deliver.
I love this book it is simply amazing!!!!
Liked it. Very easy to read.
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