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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
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Oct 03, 10

bookshelves: audiobooks, fiction
Read from September 14 to October 02, 2010

I picked this audiobook to celebrate Banned Books Week. Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy has been the target of many censorship lists and I loved his interview on censorship. I've really enjoyed his Sci-Fi/Steam Punk genre books. But I'm not really sure what genre The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ belongs in, but it is not sci-fi. This short book retells the Gospel story, but with a twist. Mary gives birth to twin boys, Jesus and Christ. One goes on to perform the miracles mentioned in the Gospels and the other chronicles the events. Pullman is clever is his rational explanations of the different miracles. Also, by having 2 main characters, the conflict of being a savior but not wanting to make the ultimate sacrifice is explored.
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