Synopses & Reviews
- Pullman's acclaimed trilogy, His Dark Materials, sold tens of millions of copies and was awarded the Carnegie Medal, The Guardian Children's Book Award, and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award
- Pullman's previous work has sparked tremendous religious controversy and his books have appeared frequently on banned-book lists. In this novel, Pullman's provocative retelling of Christ's life will generate serious discussion
- The September 2009 announcement of the forthcoming publication of The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ generated numerous news stories around the world, including The New York Times, The Times (London), The Guardian, and The Telegraph
"The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ" is the remarkable new piece of fiction from best-selling and famously atheistic author Philip Pullman. By challenging the events of the gospels, Pullman puts forward his own compelling and plausible version of the life of Jesus, and in so doing, does what all great books do: makes the reader ask questions.
In Pullman's own words, "The story I tell comes out of the tension within the dual nature of Jesus Christ, but what I do with it is my responsibility alone. Parts of it read like a novel, parts like history, and parts like a fairy tale; I wanted it to be like that because it is, among other things, a story about how stories become stories."
Written with unstinting authority, "The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ" is a pithy, erudite, subtle, and powerful book by a controversial and beloved author. It is a text to be read and reread, studied and unpacked, much like the Good Book itself.