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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 07/10/2010
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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.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780857860071
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 321 g
Dimensions: 207 x 128 x 19 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
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 * *

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“The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ”

Admire it for what it is, and Pullman's brave attempt at highlighting flaws in religion and the bible. Not much else to say,it is effective in its aim but little else! short read.

Paperback edition
28th November 2011
Helpful? Upvote 23

“The good man Philip and the scoundrel Pullman”

From the outset - before you even get as far as picking this off the shelf in a book shop - it is clear that this is one of those books that people will argue about. Some will love it and some hate it. Let me lay my... More

Hardback edition
27th April 2010
Helpful? Upvote 21

“Regrettably disappointing”

I tend to love Philip Pullman's books, but sadly I felt this one was below par.

I was really drawn to it as I thought it would be a subject he'd relish and could do something great with it. The concept and... More

Paperback edition
22nd February 2013
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