The Testament of Gideon Mack

The Testament of Gideon Mack

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A critical success on both sides of the Atlantic, this darkly imaginative novel from Scottish author James Robertson takes a tantalizing trip into the spiritual by way of a haunting paranormal mystery. When Reverend Gideon Mack, a good minister despite his atheism, tumbles into a deep ravine called the Black Jaws, he is presumed dead. Three days later, however, he emerges bruised but alive-and insistent that his rescuer was Satan himself. Against the background of an incredulous world, Mack's disturbing odyssey and the tortuous life that led to it create a mesmerizing meditation on faith, mortality, and the power of the unknown.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 386 pages
  • 127 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 249.47g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143113194
  • 9780143113195
  • 630,182

About James Robertson

James Robertson was born in Scotland in 1958. He is the author of several short story and poetry collections and has published the novels The Fanatic, Joseph Knight, and The Testament of Gideon Mack, among others. Joseph Knight won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year, and The Testament of Gideon Mack was longlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize. Robertson runs the independent publishing house Kettillonia, and he is co-founder and general editor of the Scots language imprint Itchy Coo, which produces books in Scots for children and young adults.
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"Provocative . . . [Gideon''s] testament will affirm your faith in the power of fiction." -"The Washington Post" "Haunting, memorable, and completely compelling." -"Los Angeles Times" "Uncommonly thought-provoking and serious-minded . . . Gideon Mack''s story raises disquieting questions most modern fiction prefers to ignore." -"San Francisco Chronicle"
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3,252 ratings
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4 41% (1,321)
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2 8% (248)
1 2% (81)
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