JOSE SARAMAGO THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS CHRIST PDF

Im not quite sure what the hell it is. Some of it reads like deleted scenes from Monty Pythons Life of Brian Now be off with you, said God, for I have work to do and cant stay here chatting all day Or Mary : Is there any proof that it was the Lords seed which engendered my first-born? Angel : Well, its a delicate matter, and what youre demanding is nothing less than a paternity test. The rest of it is a whole lot of mumbling, bumbling, fumbling, irritating, rambling, moaning, groaning, huffing and puffing by a narrator who appears to be some ancient old codger who is a shoo-in for the world finals of the Most Boring Man in the World contest. And the rewrite of the familiar tale of Jesus is so comprehensive that half way through the book Jesus is only 13 and two-thirds through he is still only Every paragraph is one or two pages long.

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Im not quite sure what the hell it is. Some of it reads like deleted scenes from Monty Pythons Life of Brian Now be off with you, said God, for I have work to do and cant stay here chatting all day Or Mary : Is there any proof that it was the Lords seed which engendered my first-born? Angel : Well, its a delicate matter, and what youre demanding is nothing less than a paternity test.

The rest of it is a whole lot of mumbling, bumbling, fumbling, irritating, rambling, moaning, groaning, huffing and puffing by a narrator who appears to be some ancient old codger who is a shoo-in for the world finals of the Most Boring Man in the World contest. And the rewrite of the familiar tale of Jesus is so comprehensive that half way through the book Jesus is only 13 and two-thirds through he is still only Every paragraph is one or two pages long.

The dialogue is run into the giant paragraphs as part of the ongoing flow, and the lines of dialogue are not separated by anything helpful like he said or she said, and not even by full stops, only commas, maybe there was a full stop shortage in Portugal in the late s. I never heard about that, you might think it would have made the news. Anyway, these stylistic choices make the reading a whole lot more annoying and turgid than it might be.

Suddenly a beggar appeared at the yard gate, a somewhat rare occurrence in this village where people were poor, a fact unlikely to have escaped the begging fraternity which had a nose for places where there were rich pickings for the asking, and this was certainly not the case here. As for possessions, the only thing Joseph and Job had in common was the number of sons. Job had seven sons and three daughters, while Joseph had seven sons and two daughters, giving the carpenter the advantage of having put one woman less into the world.

This narrator even knows perfectly well how dull he is! Four years hence, Jesus will meet God. This unexpected revelation, which is probably premature according to the rules of effective narration mentioned earlier, is simply intended to prepare the reader for some everyday scenes from pastoral life which will add little of substance to the main thread of our story, thus excusing any reader who might be tempted to jump ahead.

That would be a nice copout for Jose. Er, I dunno. It appears that in this world God has to negotiate his turf with other gods, and also, in this world, if you are ill it is because you have sinned.

Both these ideas can be found in the Bible of course, but at least by the time of Jesus Jewish thought had evolved to the point where they believed that there were no other Gods except the one God.

As God warned Eve after she sinned, I will greatly multiply your suffering and your conception, in sorrow you will bring forth children, and after centuries of sorrow and suffering, God is not yet appeased and the agony goes on. At that time life was hard for the poor and God could not be expected to provide for everyone.

Jesus interrogates Him at one point : Being God, You must know everything. Up to a certain point, only up to a certain point. What point is that? The point where it starts to become interesting to pretend that I know nothing.

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The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

Plot introduction[ edit ] This book re-imagines the life of Jesus Christ , using the events depicted in the canonical gospels as a scaffold on which to construct its story. It does not follow the chronology of the life of Jesus Christ found in the New Testament. Later, at Bethlehem , Jesus is born in a cave, [3] and three shepherds — including the "angel" — arrive to bring him presents. As described in the Gospel of Matthew , Herod the Great receives a premonition of the birth of the " King of the Jews " in the biblical account of Matthew, he is informed by the Magi ; in the book, however, he is visited in his dreams by the prophet Micah.

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