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In this ingenious and spellbinding retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman reimagines the most influential story ever told. Charged with mystery, compassion and great power, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ says something new about who Jesus was and asks questions that will resonate long after the book has been read. 
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is subversive, thought-provoking and deeply moving. Pullman's storytelling genius shows just why the charismatic person of a spontaneous, articulate Jesus has captured the hearts and minds of so many. Right to the end the betrayal of Jesus retains the intensity and suspense of high drama. As does the identity of Jesus Christ.
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ could change the way you think about religion, about God, and about one of the most enduring stories of all time.

Reviews

'The story I tell comes out of the tension within the dual nature of Jesus Christ, but what I do with it is my responsibility alone. Parts of it read like a novel, parts like a history, and parts like a fairy tale; I wanted it to be like that because it is, among other things, a story about how stories become stories...Some people will be cross.' Philip Pullman

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'This is a parable about power, about how it corrupts us most insidiously when we are righteous. It's our desire for good things — miracles, angels, certainty, order — that can so easily lead us astray. This is what makes us human. This is what storytellers — Pullman's Christ, and by extension Pullman himself — can reveal to us, and hide from us. A profoundly rewarding read.' Metro magazine

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Pullman has not just found the right vehicle for his views on Christianity with this book. He has written something profound, mysterious and beautiful.' Auckland Herald

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'Philip Pullman is one of the most important writers of the last 50 years and he's most likely going to be one of the most important writers of the next 50 years, too…Jesus Christ remains as ingrained and resonant for the atheist Pullman as it does for most Irish people, no matter what our beliefs, and it's this, as much as Pullman's ingenuity, that gives The Good Man Jesus And The Scoundrel Christ its real power.' Irish Independent

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'This is a work of fiction, told with masterly economy and verve and with disturbing ambiguity.' Sydney Morning Herald

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'Once Pullman would have been burned at the stake for blasphemy, like poor Michael Servetus in John Calvin's Geneva back in 1553; now, unless he is very unlucky, probably the worst result will be a great deal of angry noise out in the blogosphere. But when the pious fume, they might reflect that some of the greatest blasphemers have been trying to discover what is authentic in the experience of the sacred, and that like Philip Pullman's troubled, unscrupulous and over-scrupulous Christ, those blasphemers have hoped to solve the puzzle of reconciling history and truth.' Literary Review

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'Uncompromising...heretical and blasphemous.' Herald Sun

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781921758096

    March 28, 2011

    Text

    256 pages

    RRP $23.95

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  • Hardback

    9781921656194

    May 3, 2010

    Text

    256 pages

    RRP $32.95

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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Northern Lights - The Graphic Novel Volume 2
His Dark Materials: The Complete Trilogy
Northern Lights - The Graphic Novel Volume 1
The Adventures of the New Cut Gang
The Collectors
Northern Lights: His Dark Materials 1
The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials 2
The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials 3
Grimm Tales
Magic Beans: A Handful of Fairytales from the Storybag
Four Tales
Once Upon a Time in the North
Count Karlstein - The Novel
The Scarecrow and his Servant
I Was a Rat!
Lyra's Oxford
Puss In Boots
Clockwork

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