A wry, fictional account of the life of Christ by Nobel laureate Jose Saramago.
A brilliant skeptic, Jose Saramago envisions the life of Jesus Christ and the story of his Passion as things of this earth: A child crying, the caress of a woman half asleep, the bleat of a goat, a prayer uttered in the grayish morning light. His idea of the Holy Family reflects the real complexities of any family, and, as only Saramago can, he imagines them with tinges of vision, dream, and omen.
The result is a deft psychological portrait that moves between poetry and irony, spirituality and irreverence of a savior who is at once the Son of God and a young man. In this provocative, tender novel, the subject of wide critical discussion and wonder, Saramago questions the meaning of God, the foundations of the Church, and human existence itself.
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Not for me
No, this Version of the Gospel didn't quite do it for me. Too close to the Bible, not enough creativity, not enough research. I loved Ki Longfellow's "The Secret Magdalene", which I hear over and over again, so maybe I'm just not quite the right audience for this one.