The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

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By (author) Philip Pullman

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  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 220mm x 28mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1847678254
  • ISBN 13: 9781847678256
  • Sales rank: 10,201

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This is a story. In this ingenious and spell-binding retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman revisits the most influential story ever told. Charged with mystery, compassion and enormous power, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ throws fresh light on who Jesus was and asks the reader questions that will continue to resonate long after the final page is turned. For, above all, this book is about how stories become stories. Please note this book comes in both a white and black jacket these will be dispatched randomly and we cannot guarantee the colour cover you'll get.

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Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England in 1946 and grew up in Zimbabwe and Wales. He worked as a teacher for many years and his first children's novel, COUNT KARLSTEIN, came out in 1982. THE RUBY IN THE SMOKE, the first of the Sally Lockhart quartet of Victorian thrillers, was published in 1985. He has won many awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Book Award, the Smarties Prize, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and a CBE. His acclaimed trilogy, HIS DARK MATERIALS, has been published in 39 languages, and was the subject of a hugely successful adaptation at the National Theatre in 2003-4 and 2004-5. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE NORTH was published in April 2008.

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By Denise 11 Mar 2012 5

A thought-provoking, marvelous, provocative book that I have read and re-read.. I highly recommend this book.

By S 14 Apr 2010 2

hardly an engaging read

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* 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