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Requiem

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  455 ratings  ·  33 reviews
After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Webster travels to Jerusalem in search of a friend from his college days. The haunted city, divided by warring religious factions, offers him no refuge from his guilt and grief. As he is wandering through the streets and the archaeological sites, a mysterious old woman appears to Tom and delivers messages that seem beyond his compreh ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 15th 1998 by Tor Books (first published 1995)
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Cher
2.5 stars - It was alright, an average book.

This had a fascinating underlying story that swirled around biblical lore, conpiracies and mythical creatures (jinns). Sadly, this underlying story kept getting interrupted and overshadowed by the boring plot of the main character.

The MC was weak, unlikeable, and dreadfully dull. I had absolutely zero interest in hearing his pathetic drivel as he stumbled through his pitiful life which was governed by base desires rather than intellect, (oh the irony
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Greg
I really liked this book. The plot was well constructed and it had a nice development, but then it kind of kept developing and the pages remaining started decreasing rapidly while the story kept building up. Eventually the story had to come to an end but the ending seemed more of an afterthought than any destination the author probably had in mind. I'd give this book four stars up until about the last forty or so pages.
Jennifer
You can roll your eyes if you like and mutter, "she just gave this guy another 5 star review, she must be a looney". I stand proudly on my pedestal and say "Yes I did". I woke up in the middle of the night and thought about this book.

Sex.Religion.Relationships. Is that what life is all about? Monty Python thought about it. Graham Joyce thought about it. He made me think about it.

Once again, we have an amazing cast of characters. Tom, Sharon, Ahmed, Tobie, and Mary Magdalene. What you say? Mary M
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Julia
Jan 12, 2009 Julia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: liberal magical-realists
Shelves: magical-realism
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Isidora
Μια εντυπωσιακή και σφιχτοδεμένη ιστορία που εκτυλίσσεται στη σύγχρονη Ιερουσαλήμ, "πόλη των τζινν, όνειρο που 'βλεπες ξύπνιος, εφιάλτης, αλήθεια μες στο ψέμα, πώμα στα ύδατα των βαθών, αλώνι, χωνευτήρι, άξονας της γης, φαντασία κι ολόγραμμα, τόπος σφαγής και λύτρωσης, υπόσχεση ειρήνης."
Ένα βιβλίο με Χειρόγραφα της Νεκράς Θάλασσας, δαιμονικές Ερινύες, Ισραηλινούς με ούζι, αποσπάσματα της Παλαιάς Διαθήκης, μυρωδιές από φαλάφελ και βάλσαμο, ικανό να σε κρατήσει δέσμιο από την πρώτη μέχρι την τελευ
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Sara
Joyce's characterization of Jerusalem really pulled me in. It was incredibly charismatic. Some of his suggestions about Christianity were provocative and fascinating. I enjoyed the mixture of magic, history, and christianity. I found it difficult to follow all of their implications as they unfold from the scroll translations. It felt at times like the historical characters got mixed up in the translation and the author's message was too muddy. I agree with other reviewers that not addressing the ...more
Steven
Joyce Graham’s Requiem is a confusing hodge podge of themes and ideas. There are ghosts, demons, self-deception, religious possibilities and retellings, and human deceptions. He created a ride that I did not enjoy.

The characters are not three dimensional, though they are almost empathetic. They do move through the story and grow in some ways. But they aren’t three dimensional. The plot is certainly not predictable, though it does follow a few inevitabilities.

Perhaps Joyce should have tackled on
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Justin Howe
Man-pained widower fucks his way into a nervous breakdown, then fucks his way out. The Dead Sea Scrolls, Mary Magdalene, and djinn are also involved.
Trunatrschild
Searching for occult in all the wrong places.
George
Μιας και οι περισσότεροι θεωρείτε ότι το Η νεράιδα των δοντιών είναι το καλύτερο μυθιστόρημα του Γκράχαμ Τζόις ή, τέλος πάντων, το καλύτερο από αυτά που έχουν μεταφραστεί στα ελληνικά, είπα να πιάσω πρώτα τα άλλα του βιβλία και τελευταίο αυτό. Έτυχε να πιάσω πρώτο το Ρέκβιεμ.

Ένας Βρετανός θεολόγος καθηγητής Λυκείου παραιτείται από την δουλειά του και ταξιδεύει στην Ιερουσαλήμ, με τον θάνατο της γυναίκας του να τον στοιχειώνει ακόμα. Εκεί θα μπλεχτεί σε μια περίεργη ιστορία με τα χαμένα χειρόγρα
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Marcel Côté
This novel is a tasty, well-written read that may be shocking to some because it presents the theory (like in The Da Vinci Code) that Jesus and Mary Magdelene were married, and that Mary was "written out" of the story by women-hating apostles, particularly Paul, after Jesus' death. This is revealed in a scroll written by Mary herself, which through a series of freak accidents falls into the hands of a troubled Brit named Tom who quit teaching and came to Jerusalem following his wife's death, see ...more
Bill
I'm having a really tough time composing a review for this one because since finishing it I've been left with mixed feelings. I guess I'll start off with a brief story outline...
Tom Webster has just lost his wife in a freak accident. He up and quits his schoolteaching job and heads to Jerusalem in search of an old friend. The rest of the story surrounds revelations discovered from the lost Dead Sea scrolls and Tom's struggles with his past. Joyce depicts
Jerusalem vividly and you're constantly aw
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Maria Vladimirova
Книга была заглочена за полтора дня. Именно заглочена, т.к. остановиться было просто не возможно. Но прежде всего я люблю, я Очень Люблю Грэма Джойса. Ну и во вторых, сюжет закручен довольно лихо... Что касаемо аннотации, не стоит возлагать большие надежды на детективно-историкографическую составляющую книги. Безусловно, сходство с творением Дэна Брауна есть, но только по форме, но не по сути. Да, автор нам предлагает один из вариантов альтернативной версии христианства. Поскольку я не знаток, д ...more
Christopher Hivner
Not able to get over the sudden death of his wife, Tom Webster quits his job teaching and goes to Israel to visit an old college friend. While there, he begins hallucinating, seeing an old woman who is trying to send him a message. He also meets an old man who claims to have real pieces of one of the Dead Sea scrolls. Just before the man dies, he asks Webster to get the pieces out of the country. Webster descends further into madness as his hallucinations deepen and then seem to connect to a sto ...more
Peejay Who Once Was Minsma
I'd probably give this one 3.5. It's beautifully written, a conjuration of impressive scope, and the first half had me completely absorbed. Mr. Joyce does an amazing job at making Jerusalem a character in this book: an exotic, decrepit, aging beauty; crazy, djinn-haunted, schizophrenic, part whore, part aesthete, part fundamentalist fanatic. It's a city at war with itself, and anyone who wanders into its insane tangle of streets may soon find themselves at war within their own soul, and pulled i ...more
Linda
Tom Webster's wife, Katie, died suddenly about a year ago, and he just can't seem to get back on his feet. He resigns from his teaching job, amid some unsavory rumors about him and one of his students, and heads to Jerusalem, where his best friend, Sharon, from college days, now resides. But Tom doesn't have her current address, and while searching for her, he befriends an elderly man at his hotel. David confides to Tom that he is in possession of a valuable Dead Sea Scroll, and, knowing that he ...more
Scott
Graham Joyce, has become a favorite author of mine. Along with Jeffrey Ford, the more I read of his work, the more I respect his talent. This was the third novel by Joyce I have read. From Publishers Weekly via Amazon.Com, here is a rundown on the plot:

Fleeing his (only semi-explained) guilt after the senseless, accidental death of his wife, Tom Webster quits teaching and visits his longtime friend and ex-lover, Sharon, in Jerusalem. Soon, he is haunted by hallucinations, or perhaps they're app
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Annie
Started out to be interesting, deteriorated into a lot of sex, hallucinations and a flat ending that should have come half way through the book.
Terry Mark
A delirious journey around the darker sides of Jerusalem, where nothing is quite what it seems and where it pays to keep looking over your shoulder. When you can never be sure what is truth or is just a red herring. Graham Joyce you are a one off indeed. Great stuff.
Don
I enjoyed this book up to nearly the end...which just happened without much resolution.
Michelle
Pretty much hated this book. It had too many plotlines that weren't very cohesive and not what I thought given the summary. A lot of crass language and overuse of a word I particularly despise and find unnecessary. Don't know if he's written anything else but I won't be reading. I really thought I would like this as I am extremely interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Not very well researched and particulary offensive to Christians. Can you tell I didn't like it?
Marya
Another great book by Joyce. This time around the characters are so messed up, so disfunctional that you cannot help but root for them to make it through, to find the secrets out, to win. Set in a city that I have little knowledge of, Joyce led us on a wonderful mystery filled with religion, love, the supernatural and the stupid things that we do when we are in love. Once again he has me looking at the world in a very different way.
Erin
Read this book after having read his most recent book Silent Land. Liked this one but barely... Couldn't sympathize with any of the characters and frankly was asking myself several times how many more pages are there to read?

Did enjoy the description of Jerusalem although I have not yet been. Perhaps this was the one character I enjoyed and didn't want to roll my eyes for...
Jason
a real page-turner I have to say; finished it under 24 hours. Add elements of the DaVinci code with a surreal backdrop similar to a Jonathan Carroll story with modern-day Jerusalem serving as the back-drop. The ending didn't quite give me the summing up I was looking for, but the story itself was quite engaging nonetheless.
Heather

What an interesting book to be reading just as the Mayan "apocalypse" and Christmas are coming up. This is the second book by Joyce I've read, and as always, he leaves you guessing.
Mary
Really an interesting read. Elements of speculative fiction, religion and a stunning examination of grief. Plus an interesting look at life in contemporary Jerusalem.
Athena
Even though I read it more than ten years ago I still remember the atmosphere. Great book, one of my favourites of the genre.
Bill Mazzola
really weird and twisted - so obviously i liked it. excited to read more from this guy
Jordan
wasn't actually this book, it was my friends. keeping a list of read books =)
Fred
an interesting quick read, predictable from about half way through
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Graham Joyce (22 October 1954 – 9 September 2014) was an English writer of speculative fiction and the recipient of numerous awards for both his novels and short stories.

After receiving a B.Ed. from Bishop Lonsdale College in 1977 and a M.A. from the University of Leicester in 1980. Joyce worked as a youth officer for the National Association of Youth Clubs until 1988. He subsequently quit his po
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