- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc (1 Oct. 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780374516642
- ISBN-13: 978-0374516642
- ASIN: 0374516642
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 20.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 746,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
King Jesus (FSG Classics) Paperback – 1 Oct 1981
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The knowledge of a scholar and the imagination of a poet are brought to bear upon Jesus as a child, boy and man (Guardian)
Written with simplicity and reverence (Time) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Robert Graves (1895-1985) was a British poet, novelist, translator, and critic. His many books include the historical novels I, Claudius and Claudius the God, the autobiography Good-bye to All That, and the mythic/literary studies The White Goddess and The Greek Myths.
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Top Customer Reviews
an intellectual virtuoso performance. The work is a dazzling display of esoteric scholarship, poerty and imagination which leaves the reader breathless at the sheer audacity of its mystical logic. This is a most important book which should be read by anyone interested in looking beyond stock theology.
On both a literary and mythological level King Jesus is by far superior to the Da Vinci Code and infinitely more controversial and thought provoking.
There are, however, differences from the other historical recreations. Graves' writes in a purposefully archaic approach, evoking the Tyndale translations of the Gospels. This particular medium makes the novel dense with information and undertakes long, meandering tangents that only eventually integrate with the core plot. The result of this is a somewhat disjointed book with characters that are difficult to empathise with, not least the prophetic Jesus who is steeped in Judaic law and theology.
Further compounding the challenge is the sheer volume of research evident on every page. Graves' command of 1st Century religious minutiae is breath taking but this does not make it easy for the reader less steeped in the subject. The difficulty is compounded by Graves' use of his own White Goddess philosophy to help fill in the gaps left by the passing of two millennia.
King Jesus is a bit of an oddity; as much an intellectual exercise in historical research and hypothesis as it is a novel. Clearly huge passion and reams of research have gone into constructing it, making it an interesting but fairly challenging book to read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Again, It's a book I read years ago, but reading it on a Kindle, with its thesaurus, dictionary and access to Wikipedia, has been a wonderful revelation. Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2013 by FMC
I found this a fascinating work of fiction most elegantly accomplished. It seems to capture the essence of the Gospel Story while offering a novel - if outrageous - explanation. Read morePublished on 15 July 2013 by Peter J. B. Steele
I am a massive Robert Graves fan, I have read lots of his books, but this one is awful. I can see what he has tried to do - he has attempted to write in the style of an old... Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2013 by J Dorleac
I, Claudius, Claudius the God and Count Belisarius are among my favourite books, so I was delighted to learn that Robert Graves had written other historical novels. Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2013 by S. Pollard
This is a big book therefore the print is small otherwise it would be a bit big for paperback, that's my only complaint! Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2013 by Annamac
My in-depth review is on my blog, focusing on Robert Graves' important emphasis on King Herod Antipater as the husband of Mary, and the father of Jesus! Read morePublished on 3 April 2012 by David Seals
Like all books by Robert Graves King Jesus is beautifully written, poetic, and full of surprising scenes and images. Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2011 by Robert J. Stewart
As with all Robert Graves novels, he assumes you are familiar with the "White Goddess" an amazing book of poetic myth and legend, filled with esoteric knowledge which just makes... Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2011 by Mrs. Penelope J. Jaquet
Received the book in exremely good condition and very prompt delivery. Haven't had time to read it yet. Am taking it on holiday with me in a couple of week' time. Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2010 by EA Clewes