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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
  

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

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Pullman’s re-telling of the life of Christ. Controversial before it was even published Pullman’s book gives his view on the life of Jesus. He is not trying to shock or provoke but simply giving a different viewpoint on the life of an historical figure. Whether you agree with him or not it is an interesting and thought provoking read.

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Award-winning children’s author Philip Pullman’s new novel The Good Man Jesus And The Scoundrel Christ, has been described as the most controversial book of the year. It retells the story of Jesus, drawing from the Bible, but with a very different interpretation of his role. Pullman stirred up criticism from the Vatican with his hit fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, and this new venture looks set to trigger debate once more.

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Synopsis

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman

Part novel, part history, part fairytale, The Good Man Jesus offers a radical new take on the myths and the mysteries of the Gospels, and the genesis of church that has so shaped the course of the last two millennia. With all the magic for which Pullman's storytelling is famed, this provocative and thoughtful new book from one of Britain's best loved writers promises to be the highest profile yet in Canongate's acclaimed Myths Series.

Reviews

* A true, charismatic Christianity is set against a highly institutionalised church...the charm of this book lies in its seriousness about the story it tells, and about its being a story. -- Frank Kermode London Review of Books * Clever and thought-provoking. -- Sue Arnold The Guardian * Magnificent ... Five hundred years ago Pullman would have been burnt at the stake as a heratic. Now his ideas merely set the debate alight. -- Nigel Nelson Church of England Newspaper * A very bold and deliberately outrageous fable rehearsing Pullman's familiar and passionate fury at corrupt religious systems of control ... But also introducing something quite different, a voice of genuine spiritual authority. Because that is what Pullman's Jesus undoubtedly is. -- Rowan Williams, Archbishop Of Canterbury The Guardian * Pullman has a gift for creating scenes that make the reader want to put down the book and say wow ... this is a book that remains in the mind days after the final page has been turned ... The greatest story ever told has come alive anew. -- Adi Bloom The Times Educational Supplement * Yes, Pullman has reimagined the story of Jesus. But he has done it in an interestingly respectful and powerful way ... Pullman injects great humanity and fallibility into the characters of Jesus and Christ. The tale has a strangely compelling blend of clarity and emotional honesty to it. -- Nadine O'Regan Sunday Business Post * Cool, stark, intelligent ... a delight. Reform * This is a remarkable book ... Pullman has certainly risen to the challenge put to him. Methodist Recorder * A small gem or, given its explosive story and exquisite artistry, a hand grenade made by Faberge. -- Brian Appleyard Sunday Times * Pullman has created a startling, entertaining spin-off tale of the life and death of Jesus that calls into consideration...the foundations of the Catholic Church The Prague Post * profoundly moving and never less than engrossing. Good Book Guide


About the Author

Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, in 1946 and grew up in Zimbabwe and Wales. He has won many awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Book Award and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. His acclaimed trilogy, His Dark Materials, has been published in thirty-nine languages and sold tens of millions of copies. He lives in Oxford with his wife, and has two sons.

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Publication date

1st April 2010

Author

Philip Pullman

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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781847678256

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