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"The Greatest Story" - retold,
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This review is from: The Liars' Gospel (Kindle Edition)
Amazing that anyone can find a new slant on the telling of the birth of Christianity, but Naomi Alderman has done. We all have our views of these times and it is doubtful that anyone will change their opinion, or indeed that they should. But the presentation of the story from four perspectives seems to make it more human. And who has ever thought of the perspective of Caiaphas? And the sympathetic, very human view she brings to bear, I found very moving.
I also feel the use of proper Hebrew names (Miryam - Mary; Bar-Avo - Barrabas, Yehoshua, Iehuda of Queriot etc etc) puts the story in its proper time and place, somehow stripping away the westernisation that has inevitably been overlaid. It is based on historical records, mainly Josephus of course as well as the Gospels, but remains a work of fiction. So it cannot teach us anything new - but it made me think of the people of the time as just that, people, with human frailties. And that is what I mean by a different perspective.