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Philip Pullman retells the story of Jesus in this Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling novel
Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, in 1946 and grew up in Zimbabwe and Wales. He has won many awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Book Award and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. His acclaimed trilogy, His Dark Materials, has been published in thirty-nine languages and sold tens of millions of copies. He lives in Oxford with his wife, and has two sons.
Pullman (www.philip-pullman.com), author of the award-winning "His Dark Materials" trilogy, takes a unique and respectful look at the life and legacy of Jesus as told from the point of view of Christ, Jesus's identical twin brother, whose not-entirely honest telling underscores the questionable reliability of such historical accounts. Pullman himself reads, his deep and soothing British-accented performance carrying the story along admirably. Recommended for all listeners, especially fans of religious fiction. [Also available, exclusively from the iTunes Store, is an iPhone ebook app combining Pullman's full-text, synchronized reading and including a video Q&A with the author.-Ed.]-Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
* A supreme storyteller ... Pullman has done the story a service by reminding us of its extraordinary power to provoke and disturb. -- Salley Vickers Telegraph * Striking and suggestive. -- Boyd Tonkin Independent * Beautifully written, humane, memorable and resonant. -- Philip Hensher * A fierce and beautiful book which ... will move even those who disagree with it ... Though he wears his scholarship lightly as befits a master storyteller, there is no doubt in my mind that Pullman has a complete grasp of the intricacies of the quest for the historical Jesus. -- Richard Holloway Observer * Beautifully effective ... Pullman's retelling of the central story in western civilisation provides a brilliant new interpretation that is also a thought-provoking reflection on the process of how stories come into existence and accrue their meanings. -- Nick Rennison Sunday Times * It is a small gem or, given its explosive story and its exquisite artistry, a hand grenade made by Faberge. -- Brian Appleyard Sunday Times * The Gospel according to Pullman, precisely because it is so skilfully constructed, will prompt many readers to turn once more to consider whether or not they should accept the apparently bizarre testimony of the early Christian witnesses. -- A.N Wilson Literary Review * Pullman's rebel scripture [is] striking and suggestive ... Sets a rhetorical feast before critics of ecclesiastical pomp and pride. When this Jesus prays, prior to his betrayal in the garden of Gethsemane, he delivers a Dawkins-esque soliloquy. Not only does the anarchic prophet predict a future priesthood of hypocrites and persecutors who will "torture and kill" heretics and infidels. He even spots child-abuse scandals to come. -- Boyd Tonkin Independent * Provokingly bold -- Boyd Tonkin Independent * Pullman has an extraordinary imagination ...[and] there are moments of heart-rending personal drama. Independent on Sunday * A writer of great skill and feeling. -- Adam Gopnik New Yorker