The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ : The Myths

  • by Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by Philip Pullman
  • Series: The Myths
  • 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this ingenious and spellbinding retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman revisits the most influential story ever told.
Charged with mystery, compassion and enormous power, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ throws fresh light on who Jesus was and asks the listener questions that will continue to resonate long after the final page is turned. Above all, this book is about how stories become stories.
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a beautiful tale

Philip Pullman tells his story with a simplicity of writing style that is at first a little surprising, although the later eloquence in some of the dialogue (one late passage in particular) did move me nearly to tears.
I have no particular view on the historical realism of Jesus, although I do not believe he had such a brother as is described here. As far as I'm aware Philip Pullman isn't asserting that he did, this book is pure fiction and should be approached as such.
It retells familiar tales and it's interesting to see how he works them in to his narrative of brotherly lives lived in tandem and historical 'correction.'
It actually takes a surprisingly balanced view on the legacy of Jesus and the role of faith. I hope it challenges the perceptions of others as it did mine, and even if it does not its merits in literary style and emotionally involving characters will hoperfully prove engaging.
The narrator goes from a straightforward reading to empassioned as the tale goes on, and my initial wariness of the author reading his own work was quickly overcome.
In short, I recommend it unreservedly.
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- E. Marsh

There are better Jesus books

I like Philip Pullman but this one enters a pretty crowded market place: "The Last Temptation of Christ", "The Gospel According to the Son", "Her Story", "King Jesus", to name but a few. The authors seem to want to set out a retelling of the christian gospel to grind their own axe about Jesus and the way his message has been shaped by the distortions of the evangelists and the church in general. Pullman is of course a famous clergy-baiter, so you can see why he would want to jump on the bandwagon.

All the scenes in TGMJATSC are familiar of course, and I was left just waiting for it to be over. Funnily enough, I really really liked the last sentence.

If you are thinking of reading this, stop. Read "The Gospel According to Jesus Christ" by Jose Saramago instead because it's by far the best example of the subgenre.
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- Colin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-03-2010
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd