Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Gospel According to the Son” as Want to Read:
The Gospel According to the Son
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Gospel According to the Son

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,414 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
In the two millennia since Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John wrote their separate biographies of Jesus, only a handful of other authors have attempted renditions--Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy, and D. H. Lawrence have tried their hands at it; scholars E. P. Sanders and Raymond Brown have produced academic treatises on the historical Jesus. Perhaps the best-known fictional accou ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 28th 1998 by Ballantine (first published 1997)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Ahmed
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
إنجيل الإبن ….. نورمان ميلر


(وَاذْكُرْ فِي الْكِتَابِ مَرْيَمَ إِذِ انتَبَذَتْ مِنْ أَهْلِهَا مَكَانًا شَرْقِيًّا،فَاتَّخَذَتْ مِن دُونِهِمْ حِجَابًا فَأَرْسَلْنَا إِلَيْهَا رُوحَنَا فَتَمَثَّلَ لَهَا بَشَرًا سَوِيًّا،قَالَتْ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِالرَّحْمَن مِنكَ إِن كُنتَ تَقِيًّا،قَالَ إِنَّمَا أَنَا رَسُولُ رَبِّكِ لِأَهَبَ لَكِ غُلامًا زَكِيًّا،قَالَتْ أَنَّى يَكُونُ لِي غُلامٌ وَلَمْ يَمْسَسْنِي بَشَرٌ وَلَمْ أَكُ بَغِيًّا،قَالَ كَذَلِكِ قَالَ رَبُّكِ هُوَ عَلَيَّ هَيِّنٌ وَلِنَجْعَلَهُ آيَةً لِ
...more
Jason
Aug 28, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must first admit that it is the height of pretention to write a fictional autobiography of Jesus Christ, but this is Norman Mailer we're talking about. And in this case, it's Mailer at his creative and witty best. He takes the gospel story and tells it like Christ might tell it over s'mores sitting around a camp fire. He doesn't downplay the supernatural elements of Christ's being, but he does temper it with a great deal of humanity, in thought, in living (after all, Jesus had to pee in the mo ...more
D.R. Haney
An ex-girlfriend, now dead, gave me this book at least a dozen years ago. I started it, put it down, and didn't pick it up again until a few weeks ago, wanting to read something by Mailer. At times I didn't think I'd ever finish, particularly during the book's middle section, when Jesus embarks on a serious healing spree. I was reminded of a friend's remark about À la recherche du temps perdu: "If that man goes to one more party..." That's how I felt about Jesus in The Gospel According to the So ...more
Melanie
May 09, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2005
A fictionalized account of Jesus' life from Jesus' point of view. Maye I've listened to too much Jesus Christ Superstar in my life, but Mailer wrote the flattest, least engaging portrayal of Jesus I've ever read. The book was dry and uninspired, completely lacking any passion.
Ted Burke
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Norman Mailer has had a radical trajectory through the course of his career, and now, at age 75 with fifty years as a professional writer behind him, a summary collection is the fashion, and The Time of Our Time is the door stopper through which posterity should judge either his ascension, or decline in our literary Olympus. It's amazing, actually, how Mailer has controlled the course of criticism of his work, as he did with "Advertisements for Myself" and later with the Prisoner of Sex, both bo
...more
Christopher
Book Project: Fictional Portrayals of Jesus
King Jesus by Robert Graves read
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín read
The Gospel According to the Son by Norman Mailer read
The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
According to Mary Magdalene by Marianne Fredricksson
The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by Jose Saramago
Quarantine by Jim Crace


This is the third book I've read in my project of novels about Jesus of Nazareth and it's the most unexpected. My first read was of Robert Graves' King J
...more
mai ahmd
Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
لوحة الغلاف كانت من الأسباب التي جذبتني للرواية وددت أن أعرف ماذا سيقول الكاتب في إنجيل الإبن حسنا يتناول الكاتب الأمريكي نورمان ميلر سيرة يسوع وما الجديد في هذه الرواية !
إنه يقدمها كسيرة ذاتية يحكيها يسوع بنفسه ، الكاتب يقرّب ما بين بطل الرواية ومابين القارىء من خلال آراء المسيح الذي افترضها حتى أنه يعترض على بعض الأناجيل التي كتبت بعد وفاته بسنوات طويلة ولذلك فأن الكتاب بلاشك صادم لمن يدينون بالديانة المسيحية

( وإنجيل مرقس ليس بالكاذب، لكن فيه مبالغة كثيرة، وأكثر منها في أناجيل متى، ولوقا، ويوح
...more
دينا سليمان
ياربي انهم لايرون، جاءوا الى العالم فارغين،ويغادرون العالم فارغين، وأثناء ذلك هم سكارى، اغفر لهم لأنهم لا يعلمون مايفعلون.
Dalia
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, المسيح
يقول في أول فصول الرواية:
ولهذا فإنني أطلع بروايتي، والذين يسألون عن كلامي، كيف جاء إلى هذه الصفحات،أقول لهم أن ينظروا في ذلك معجزة صغيرة.(فإنجيلي يتكلم، في الحق ،عن معجزات) ورجائي أن أكون أقرب إلى الحق من مرقس، ومتى، ولوقا، ويوحنا ،فقد كان دأبهم أن يزيدوا من خراف قطيعهم. وهذا ما يصح كذلك على أناجيل أخرىكتبها غيرهم.فبعض هؤلاء الكتبة لم يخاطب سوى اليهود ممن تبعوني بعد موتي.وبعضهم لم يكرز إلا بين الأممغير المختونة ممن كانوا يكرهون اليهود لكنهم آمنوا بي. فكيف للحق،إذا، ألا يختلط بغير الحق، ما دامكل
...more
Jt
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came upon my copy of Norman Mailer's The Gospel According to the Son much like I came upon my copy of the Bible. The Bible I found on a heap of trash in an alley in my youth. I took it home with me. Mailer's account of the events I found on a nighttime walk i had through the streets of Wicker Park, and it happened to be on top a heap of other books, like someone had moved out of this apartment earlier today, and had decided that there was no more room for these books now in his life, but he di ...more
Marti Martinson
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In an episode of The Simpsons, a book reviewer is bemoaning "Norman Mailer's latest claptrap about his waning libido." This was, of course, the 1990s, and I had only read Ancient Evenings in the 1980s. Only somewhat aware of Mailer's oeuvre, I was more than intrigued just by the title The Gospel According to the Son. With all the a** f***ing in Ancient Evenings I had NO idea what to expect. As someone whose current theology is formed by Borg, Crossan, Ehrman, and Spong -and, to an extent, Anne R ...more
Sasha
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
Just finished "The Gospel According To the Son" by Norman Mailer - it fits perfectly with my curiosity about the man behind the myth and I have already stumbled upon several interesting interpretations - however, this is by far the most original point of view, because Mailer actually talks trough Jesus as main protagonist. The writing style is excellent - very, very slim, basic and occasionally close to Haiku poetry. Almost anybody can write long-winded and elaborated, Mailer went to completely ...more
Miles
Feb 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52-in-52-2009
My first experience with Norman Mailer is far removed for the hard-drinking, womanizing, sailor-mouthed vision I had of the late author. In fact, The Gospel According to the Son is a stately, brief, and theologically sound exploration of Jesus' imagined gospel. Mailer writes with a deft, Biblical hand, and manages to bring surprise and beauty into "The Greatest Story Ever Told", exploring Christ's life through his own two holy-eyes. While it was disappointing that The Son of Man wasn't beating u ...more
Evan Snyder
Dec 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I stopped after 40 pages. It was on par with reading my 6th grade religion text book again. I usually think educational is a good thing, but this was written like it was trying to baby explain the ancient Jewish family and social system and I've had enough watered-down, try-to-teach-you-without-you-realizing-it-by-using-a-story religious texts in 12 years of Catholic school to bother with one more, thank you very much.
Ahmad ashraf
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
ربما يدخلني التعليق التفصيلي أو المراجعة المدققة في عداوات أنا في غني عنها
هكذا تصور الكاتب نورمان ميلر المسيح كما لو كان بشرا مثلنا تماما يخطئ و يصيب
يؤمن و بعضه لا يؤمن و كما أجري الكاتب علي لسانه اللهم أعن بعضا من عدم إيماني علي الإيمان
تمت
16-9-2016
Dane
Apr 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible
Mounir
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Zoltán
A legfontosabbak elöljáróban:
1) Nem, ez valóban nem egy tipikus adventi könyv.
2) Én sem azért olvastam el (immár harmadjára), mert karácsony közeledtével kissé emelkedettebb hangulatba kívántam volna hozni magam.
Még csak azt sem állíthatom, hogy az egyébként kiváló író világirodalmi szempontból mértékadó, vagy legalábbis egyedi Jézus-képet alkotott volna. Akkor miért érdemes mégis kézbe venni Mailer evangéliumát?
Ez a könyv mindenekelőtt a kételyek könyve. A kételyé, mely Jézust végigkíséri saját
...more
Gina Sirois
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a christian background
Recommended to Gina by: nobody
I picked this up at Red Letter, never having read anything by Mailer. I read it during my short immobile recovery from an abdominal surgery, during mud season. I remember the day I finished the book there was an incredible downpour with lightning, wind and nickle-sized hail.

This book wouldn't appeal to everyone. I'm a lapsed Catholic (atheist actually) with plenty of the virus latent in my blood. What the book did do was help me empathize with Jesus a little bit, in a way sixteen years in the ch
...more
Nick
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, although in the beginning I was afraid I wouldn't (I know, never make assumptions ....). Being a person of faith, I had thought this one might be too daring, too "Saramago like" (i.e. he wrote "The Gospel according to Jesus"; the Vatican fumes even now, after Saramago's death).

This one, though, is something else, well written, easy to read, endearing yet not obscene, asks one to think (which was never a sin) and invites him/her to love too (i.e. brings Jesus closer to one's heart, ma
...more
Jonny Parshall
The book is beautifully written, indeed, it reads like a deep inhale after sipping a warm cup of tea. As well, it is inspirational and appropriate to this time of year. But it doesn't dig as deep as I thought it would. There is very little creative license used. It draws, seemingly, directly from scripture and doesn't stray from what is already written in a book 2000 years old. The only real difference is it is in the first person, and Mailer manages to get inside Jesus's head--an overwhelming t ...more
Christine
Dec 03, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read Mailer before, and I'm not sure if this book is indicative of his style. I really liked it though. It went quickly and I had finished within a day. He wrote it in a way as to infuse the words with a kind of Biblical gravitas, but also very colloquially. I just happened to pick this up and start reading- I was out sick with a flu last week and couldn't really do anything but read. Not sure if it was the feverish state I was in, but Mailer's words gave the temptation in the desert a ...more
Julie
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, fiction
The Gospel According to the Son is a deeply moving account of Jesus' life and ministry. Christ points out deviations in the four gospels we are so familiar with today. Mainly, though, this narrative is an inner dialogue; a peek at the thoughts of Christ. His struggles in faith and his many temptations reflect his humanity, while his miracles and the strength of his words echo his Father. Mailer's poignant and honest book is a must-read for everyone, regardless of faith.
Nick Black
Nov 27, 2008 rated it did not like it
This was just plain stupid. I grabbed a copy at work back at Media Play while on the NYT Paperback Best Sellers, and accidently walked out to my smoke break with it; dicunt ei Caesaris tunc ait illis reddite ergo quae sunt Caesaris Caesari et quae sunt Dei Deo, I thought to myself, and into the Toyota Corolla 'twas it thrown, liberated. Later that evening, having completed it, I regretted ever allowing it into my house. As my buddy Geebs would comment, "tawdry and salacious!"
Mindy Buenemann
I think he did a good job of exploring how Jesus may have struggled with what his purpose was and his relationships. I did not agree with all of the details but I liked the concept of the book. If you did not have a good knowledge of the Bible it may be confusing.
Marvin
Aug 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
I was puzzled by this book. I expected a more creative, more provocative approach (something like The Autobiography of God by Franco Ferucci). It followed the text of the Gospels very closely, except in a few cases, where Jesus as narrator claims that the Gospel narrators stretched the truth.
Erik Graff
Nov 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mailer fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
The greatest virtue of this fictional biography is that it is short, a quick read. The Jesus portrayed is a lifeless figure. There is no evidence that Mailer did much research. Instead, it seems that he simply worked rather uncritically from the gospels.
بيتـر إسحق إبراهيم
يغوص الكاتب عميقاً في نفس المسيح يسوع الإنسان, في بعض الأحيان قد تشعر أنه مسيح جديد عليك, و ليس الميسح وحده الذي قد تستشعر تجاه مثل هذا الشعور لكن تلاميذ المسيح و يهوذا و مريم العذراء ايضاً.

يعيب الرواية معرفة الأحداث الرئيسية مسبقاً, كما أن الترجمة لم تعجبني.
Ahmed Sallam
يقول ميلر انه إنجيل الإبن بعيدا عن المبالغات التى قدمتها الاناجيل الاربعة ،، و لكنى أقول أنه إنجيل ميلر على لسان المسيح لانه يسردها من رؤاه كما فعله من قبل متى و لوقا و يوحنا ومرقس ، كتاب جميل يسرد حياة المسيح بعيدا المبالغة فى القدسية إلى حد الالوهية .
شادي  عبد العزيز
نفس المكان الحائر المعتاد بين 3 نجوم و4 نجوم

« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Lighthouse at the End of the World
  • The Clarinet Polka
  • On Job: God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent
  • The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories
  • The Giant Joshua
  • The X-Rated Bible: An Irreverent Survey of Sex in the Scriptures
  • The Book of Samson
  • The Incumbent
  • The Essential Hemingway
  • The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 7: The Frontier Stories
  • The Ethics of Authenticity
  • Mickelsson's Ghosts
  • Meeting of the Waters
  • Dark Homecoming
  • The Edge of Justice
  • Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages
  • Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews: A Jewish Life and the Emergence of Christianity
  • An Imaginary Life
7927
Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and film director.

Along with Truman Capote, Joan Didion, and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, but which covers the essay to the nonfiction novel. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once.
...more
More about Norman Mailer...
“Harsh words live in the dungeon of the heart” 35 likes
“No heart is so hard as the timid heart.” 14 likes
More quotes…