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My First Two Thousand Years: The Autobiography of the Wandering Jew (2000 Years)

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The Wandering Jew is a cosmic symbol he is man, he is woman, he is sex, he is history, he is life itself."
Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 24th 2001 by Sheridan House (first published February 25th 1929)
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Jan 17, 2013 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Imagine: A man named Cartaphilus taunts Jesus on the way to the crucifixion, telling Jesus to hurry up. Jesus turns to the man and says, "I shall go but you shall tarry until I return." 30-year-old Cartaphilus ceases to age.

The Good: Cartaphilus meets many historical figures through the centuries: Appolonious, Mohommed, Atilla, Leonardo da Vinci, Spinoza, Pope Alexander VI (a Borgia), Peter the Great, Martin Luther, and many, many more. He participates in and influences various fulcrums of hist
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Apr 07, 2015 George Henderson rated it really liked it
I found this book, and its two sequels, when I was working in a rest home. It's not a book you forget, and I was especially impressed by the third book, which is written from the point of view of his hominid sidekick and which does a great job of expounding Freud's then novel theories in lurid and fantastic fiction.
I also found and read the set of Upton Sinclair's Lanny Budd adventures, which scratch a similar historical itch.
What I didn't realise was that the first author was THE George Sylvest
Dec 01, 2011 Lynda rated it really liked it
Really long, but well worth the read. (Were you a Highlander fan? Imagine Methos's life story.) The writing was excellent and the walk through history intriguing.
Feb 01, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
Long, but I loved "wandering through history" with the main character. I also marvel at realizing this book was written in 1929. I wanted it to continue thru to next century.
More than twenty years ago I ran across a hard-cover copy of this book at a garage sale, and subsequently read it. As I recall, it was fairly long, fairly decently done, mostly interesting or I probably wouldn't have finished it; and it had an intriguing premise. It was, I suppose, "sweeping", but no particular bits of it really stand out for me after all these years. In that sense it succeeded less (with me) than some other "autobiographies".
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Mar 24, 2015 Justin rated it it was amazing
The best religious fiction I have ever read and my favorite book.
Jan 03, 2010 Paul rated it it was amazing
The rich prose is timeless.
Feb 12, 2011 Phyllis marked it as to-read
This book was recommended by Dorothy Pinckney. I tried to read it a couple of times. Will try again some day.
Aug 02, 2016 Jane rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorites Would love to find a copy. I still remember a line (after 40 or so years),
"Unendurable pleasure indefinitely prolonged".

Shala Howell
Mar 09, 2009 Shala Howell rated it it was ok
Almost didn't finish this one. Yes, the story is interesting (fun to encounter all those historical characters), but the misogyny and religious stereotyping in it became rather wearing.
Mary Montori
Oct 12, 2013 Mary Montori rated it it was amazing
I loved the scope of history, friendships, constant learning and adventures. Good writing.
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May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A fabulous blend of fantasy and history. Like its protagonist"," this book has withstood the test of time!
May 27, 2007 Alex rated it liked it
Recommended to me by my Dad whom it had an impression on when he was young. It's quite a long rambling book dealing with the popular myth of the Wandering Jew but I enjoyed it.
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