- Paperback: 283 pages
- Publisher: Dedalus (2 Mar. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1873982712
- ISBN-13: 978-1873982716
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 494,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf (Contemporary English language fiction) (Dedalus Original Fiction in Paperback) Paperback – 2 Mar 1995
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This novel opens with a stomach-turning description of the state of Pope Leo's backside. The narrator is a hunchbacked dwarf and it is his job to read aloud from St Augustine while salves and unguents are applied to the Papal posterior. The dwarf moves in the highest circles of holt skulduggery and buggery...
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It's a scatalogical romp with a bit of sex and some horrific violence, but such fun. I would recommend it to anyone openminded who wants a good read. The occasional bit of mawkish sentimentality is a shame, but then Dickens descends to that quite often and it doesn't detract from his greatness. However, if the author is trying to sell gnosticism as a creed then he doesn't succeed in that. It comes over as even sillier than most religions are.
It is one of those books I just have to reread every few years, and what could be a better recommendation?
This novel had potential, Leo X, a rumoured gay pope, an historically tumultuous time and when Raphael, Michelangelo and Da Vinci were also enlightening the world.
However, whilst the writing was often enjoyable and the plot interesting, the novel failed to take off, a little like Da Vinci's aeroplane theories mentioned in the book.
The memoir dragged as the reader became less and less interested in the Gnostic Dwarf's life and sadly the Epilogue was just too ridiculous to be credible and left the reader cheated by a ho-hum much used historically cliched ending.
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