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The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ (Myths) Hardcover – 1 Apr 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; 1st edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847678254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847678256
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.7 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 236 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A true, charismatic Christianity is set against a highly institutionalised church...the charm of this book lies in its seriousness about the story it tells, and about its being a story." (Frank Kermode London Review of Books)

"Clever and thought-provoking." (Sue Arnold The Guardian)

"Magnificent . . . Five hundred years ago Pullman would have been burnt at the stake as a heratic. Now his ideas merely set the debate alight." (Nigel Nelson Church of England Newspaper)

"A very bold and deliberately outrageous fable rehearsing Pullman's familiar and passionate fury at corrupt religious systems of control . . . But also introducing something quite different, a voice of genuine spiritual authority. Because that is what Pullman's Jesus undoubtedly is." (Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury The Guardian)

"Pullman has a gift for creating scenes that make the reader want to put down the book and say "wow" . . . this is a book that remains in the mind days after the final page has been turned . . . The greatest story ever told has come alive anew." (Adi Bloom The Times Educational Supplement)

"Yes, Pullman has reimagined the story of Jesus. But he has done it in an interestingly respectful and powerful way . . . Pullman injects great humanity and fallibility into the characters of Jesus and Christ. The tale has a strangely compelling blend of clarity and emotional honesty to it." (Nadine O'Regan Sunday Business Post)

"Cool, stark, intelligent . . . a delight." (Reform)

"This is a remarkable book . . . Pullman has certainly risen to the challenge put to him." (Methodist Recorder)

"A small gem or, given its explosive story and exquisite artistry, a hand grenade made by Faberge." (Brian Appleyard Sunday Times)

"Pullman has created a startling, entertaining spin-off tale of the life and death of Jesus that calls into consideration...the foundations of the Catholic Church" (The Prague Post)

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Philip Pullman retells the story of Jesus in this explosive addition to Canongate's Myths series

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