The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
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.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 134 x 210 x 28mm | 322.05g
- 01 Oct 2010
- Canongate Books Ltd
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
A supreme storyteller . . . Pullman has done the story a service by reminding us of its extraordinary power to provoke and disturb. -- Salley Vickers * * Telegraph * * Striking and suggestive. -- Boyd Tonkin * * Independent * * Beautifully written, humane, memorable and resonant. -- Philip Hensher A fierce and beautiful book which . . . will move even those who disagree with it . . . Though he wears his scholarship lightly as befits a master storyteller, there is no doubt in my mind that Pullman has a complete grasp of the intricacies of the quest for the historical Jesus. -- Richard Holloway * * Observer * * Beautifully effective . . . Pullman's retelling of the central story in western civilisation provides a brilliant new interpretation that is also a thought-provoking reflection on the process of how stories come into existence and accrue their meanings. -- Nick Rennison * * Sunday Times * * It is a small gem or, given its explosive story and its exquisite artistry, a hand grenade made by Faberge. -- Brian Appleyard * * Sunday Times * * The Gospel according to Pullman, precisely because it is so skilfully constructed, will prompt many readers to turn once more to consider whether or not they should accept the apparently bizarre testimony of the early Christian witnesses. -- A.N Wilson * * Literary Review * * Pullman's rebel scripture [is] striking and suggestive . . . Sets a rhetorical feast before critics of ecclesiastical pomp and pride. When this Jesus prays, prior to his betrayal in the garden of Gethsemane, he delivers a Dawkins-esque soliloquy. Not only does the anarchic prophet predict a future priesthood of hypocrites and persecutors who will "torture and kill" heretics and infidels. He even spots child-abuse scandals to come. -- Boyd Tonkin * * Independent * * Provokingly bold -- Boyd Tonkin * * Independent * * Pullman has an extraordinary imagination . . .[and] there are moments of heart-rending personal drama. * * Independent on Sunday * * A writer of great skill and feeling. -- Adam Gopnik * * New Yorker * *
About 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.