The liars' gospel A novel

Naomi Alderman

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Genres
Historical fiction
Published
New York : Little, Brown and Company 2013.
Edition
First North American edition
Language
English
Physical Description
pages cm
ISBN
9780316232791
9780316232784
0316232785
Main Author
Naomi Alderman (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Storytelling is the lying art; a tale can't be separated from its teller's motives. This premise underlies Alderman's daring new novel, which—rather than repeating the laudatory accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—follows four individuals who interacted with Jesus (here called Yehoshuah) just before the Crucifixion. His mother, Miryam, mourns him and his abandonment of his birth family; Iehuda can't accept his charismatic friend's intolerance for dissent and growing sense of entitlement and feels obligated to betray him. For Caiaphas, high priest of Jerusalem's temple, subduing one rabble-rousing preacher is of lesser importance than appeasing Pontius Pilate and questioning his wife's fidelity, while Bar-Avo (Barabbas) incites violence against his people's oppressors. Fabrications about Yehoshuah are spoken by many, whether to entertain, mislead, or provide comfort to others. Alderman presents an unabashedly Jewish perspective, and she re-creates first-century Judea, a land subjugated by tyrannical Rome, in intense, brutal detail. Religion and politics deeply intertwine in this profound work, which expresses blunt truths about leadership while exploring the healthy nature of debate about one's faith. Ed: the queue date for this title is FE2, so double-check to ensure it goes in MR1 (if correct). Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In her third novel, English author Alderman—whose debut Disobedience won the 2006 Orange Prize for New Writers—imagines an alternative history of Jesus from the perspective of those close to him who knew him as Yehoshuah, the wandering Jewish preacher. Yehoshuah's mother recalls an inquisitive boy who became "a traitor, a rabble-leader, a rebel, a liar and a pretender to the throne," and his disciple Iehuda, initially impressed by Yehoshuah's teachings and miraculous ability to heal the sick, ultimately loses faith and betrays him. In Jerusalem, the High Priest Caiaphas struggles to maintain peace between the Romans and the Jews while the Jewish rebel Bar-Avo incites war against the Roman conquerors. Alderman vibrant descriptions of life in Judea, from the animal sacrifices at the temple in Jerusalem to the bloody battles against Roman rule, richly illustrate a time of tyranny and suffering, as well as a people in desperate need of faith. Through haunting prose Alderman immerses the reader into the lives of these characters, and by endowing legendary personae with human vulnerabilities and passions, she transforms an ancient story into her own engaging meditation on power, oppression, and belief. Agent: Veronique Baxter, David Higham Associates (UK) (Mar.) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by PW Annex Reviews

In her third novel, English author Alderman—whose debut Disobedience won the 2006 Orange Prize for New Writers—imagines an alternative history of Jesus from the perspective of those close to him who knew him as Yehoshuah, the wandering Jewish preacher. Yehoshuah's mother recalls an inquisitive boy who became "a traitor, a rabble-leader, a rebel, a liar and a pretender to the throne," and his disciple Iehuda, initially impressed by Yehoshuah's teachings and miraculous ability to heal the sick, ultimately loses faith and betrays him. In Jerusalem, the High Priest Caiaphas struggles to maintain peace between the Romans and the Jews while the Jewish rebel Bar-Avo incites war against the Roman conquerors. Alderman vibrant descriptions of life in Judea, from the animal sacrifices at the temple in Jerusalem to the bloody battles against Roman rule, richly illustrate a time of tyranny and suffering, as well as a people in desperate need of faith. Through haunting prose Alderman immerses the reader into the lives of these characters, and by endowing legendary personae with human vulnerabilities and passions, she transforms an ancient story into her own engaging meditation on power, oppression, and belief. Agent: Veronique Baxter, David Higham Associates (UK) (Mar.) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An award-winning author describes the life of Jesus Christ as told by the four people who were closest to him before his death: his mother, his friend Iehuda, the High Priest of the Temple and a rebel named Bar-Avo.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Re-imagines the life of Jesus Christ as told by the four people who were closest to him before his death: his mother, his friend Iehuda, the High Priest of the Temple, and a rebel named Bar-Avo.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An award-winning writer reimagines the life of Jesus, from the points of view of four people closest to him before his death. This is the story of Yehoshuah, who wandered Roman-occupied Judea giving sermons and healing the sick. Now, a year after his death, four people tell their stories. His mother grieves, his friend Iehuda loses his faith, the High Priest of the Temple tries to keep the peace, and a rebel named Bar-Avo strives to bring that peace tumbling down. It was a time of political power plays and brutal tyranny. Men and women took to the streets to protest. Dictators put them down with iron force. In the midst of it all, one inconsequential preacher died. And either something miraculous happened, or someone lied. Viscerally powerful in its depictions of the period -- massacres and riots, animal sacrifice and human betrayal -- The Liars' Gospel makes the oldest story entirely new.