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Yet Crace is hardly the jeering materialist we might expect. As Jesus takes to his cliff-top cave, the author renders his religious transports without a hint of irony, and with a linguistic elegance that can hardly be called disrespectful: "The prayers were in command of him. He shouted out across the valley, happy with the noise he made. The common words lost hold of sound. The consonants collapsed. He called on god to join him in the cave with all the noises that his lips could make. He called with all the voices in his throat." And while most of the temptations of Christ are visited upon him by humans--by the motley crew of his cave-dwelling neighbours-- he resists them with what we can only call superhuman will. Quarantine does, of course, operate on a fairly realistic plane. Jesus dies of starvation long before his 40-day fast is complete, and his fellow retreatants, who take centre stage throughout much of the novel, are much too confused and brutal ever to figure in any Sunday school pageant. Still, Crace leaves at least the possibility of resurrection intact at the end, which should ensure that his brilliant book will rattle both believers and non-believers alike. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Well written interesting story . I liked the way he developed the characters and took a well known bible story and wove it into the lives of his characters. Read morePublished 11 days ago by ruth billingham
Quarantine comes much lauded. It was Booker shortlisted. It ticks the “controversial” box, dealing with an episode of the life of Christ. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MisterHobgoblin
Jim Crace is certainly a powerful writer but some readers might find his intensity a bit hard going. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Fitzpatrick
Undoubtedly a good writer, and there are some excellent characters, but you need to do more than that to create a good book. He could have done so much more with this material. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Reader 1616
You could say it is based on the Bible Story of Jesus 40 days in the desert.
A meditation in nature, wilderness and human nature. Read more
I read the Man Booker short-listed 'Harvest' by Jim Crace, enjoyed it immensely and this encouraged me to read some of this author's earlier work. Read morePublished 17 months ago by DR MARTIN E KALAHER
This was a very interesting and unique book and Jim Crace should be commended for writing something so different. Read morePublished 17 months ago by twinmum