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Prometheus brought up to date,
This review is from: The Fire Gospel (Hardcover)
A wildly enjoyable re-telling of the Prometheus myth in a modern setting. The narrator, unlovely Canadian academic Theo Greipenkerl, finds a collection of miraculously preserved scrolls, revealed when an Iraqi museum he is visiting is bombed during the chaos that ensues following the American invasion in 2003. The scrolls contain a fifth gospel (in Aramaic), written by Malchus, servant of the high priest whose ear was supposedly struck off by one of the disciples at the time of Jesus' arrest. But Malchus' picture of Jesus is quite different from those of the other four evangelists, and in publishing it, Greipenkerl unleashes a chain of uncontrollable, and in many ways unsurprising, events. Alongside fortune and the attentions of the media (which rapidly pale) come less welcome consequences, such as the dubious accolades of Amazon reviewers (very funny) and kidnapping at the hands of religious fanatics.
Yes, as some broadsheet newspaper reviewers have observed, the plot has some holes in it. But the work is admirably pacy, and a very quick read. All in all, it's a wonderfully irony-laden modern take on the myth, with some real laugh-out-loud moments among the chuckles. And there's enough resonances from the original, spliced into the thoroughly modern setting, to make this a thoughtful and satisfying retelling.