The Fire Gospel

The Fire GospelThe Fire Gospel attests to Faber s intelligence as a writer of fiction The story hinges on the discovery of a set of scrolls in a looted museum in Iraq, which contained the 5th gospel written by a disciple of Jesus named Malchus On many layers, the novel reads like a parody of the Bible The protagonist, a linguist and academician, is called Theo Greek for God , who catapulted to overnight fame when he translated the papyrus scrolls from Aramaic Interestingly, as the story itself is a startling revelation that shook the bedrock of Christian and Arabic faiths, the novel begins fittingly and ironically enough with John of Patmos words of warning against adding to the prophecy of this Book Chapter titles in the novel take on names of Biblical books Genesis, Exodus, Judges, Acts, Revelations, and Lamentations and allude to Paul s prison experience in the chapter entitled And His Chains Fell Off From His Hands , where Theo Griepenkerl was bound by his abductors What moved me most was Faber s plausible depiction of the crucifixion scene on Golgotha the palpable humanity, ultimate humiliation, and complete loss of dignity of one who was hung on the cross Faber captured powerfully the participation of the crowd that witnessed the passion of Christ All I can say is that there is a joy in seeing a difficult thing achieved Watching their soldiers exertion, one forgets the evil of the enterprise, and wishes only to add one s strength to the labor The soldiers groan, their faces turn red, the laden cross dips back towards the earth, and there is many a man in the crowd who leans his shoulder forward, as it were to share the burden And many a women also The incendiary devastation wrought by the 5th gospel consumed the world and Theo himself Maybe I m over reading it, but I thought it fascinating that in the Epilogue, Faber seems to take a step back and laugh at himself when he concludes We try our best to tell a story, so that others might be led towards Jesus, but Jesus is not a story He is the end of all stories Good book. Fairy tale Myth Legend Religion What do thses terms means Well, I m not answering the question You figure it out But Faber does deal with the question in this book.Part modern morality tale, Faber s Canongate volume attacks the play of religion in the media What play I hear you ask You mean 24 and its Muslim terrorists No, though one of the best sections of the book have a Muslim and Christian working together I mean the whole Shroud of Turin, Da Vini Code, tomb of Jesus brother, gospel of Judas thing Each time something like that comes out it gets news time and magazine covers, yet it doesn t really seem to affect anyone who believes in a certain way, if you know what I mean It doesn t distrub, I guess is what I m trying to say.The title of this book comes from an alternate title to the discovered Fifth Gospel which Theo finds, and publishes, concerned about translation then religion Reactions vary, and the novel is far a critque of the media then of religion If you are reading this and thinking it is anti Christian or religious, I would still reccomend the book There is something about the last page of the book Something that can be taken many different ways Faber is closer to the Terry Pratchett way exploring religion than the Phillip Pullman.Actually this book seems to be really about fame and the truth behind the ideas of truth Which is what the Canongate series seems to be really about.Think about it We live in a meida flooded society, at least most of us Yet, few people can grasp the allusions that flood us everyday I m not talking just about Disney version of stories I m talking about an Ice Age Christmas Christ wasn t born then, so how is there Christmas , a song about irony with examples that are not ironic, comparing any mainstream politican to Hitler, and Lady Gaga s Judas song People don t understand terms like Samson Scenrio, or see a connection to 13 and Christ and his Apostles forget about Balder How about the let s boycott Snapple because there are slaves on the label Ever hear of the Boston tea party Here in America, people root for sports teams and do not see or know about the references of the names Balti Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Sixers okay, Utah I ll give you But the Utah Jazz was the New Orleans Jazz They don t know why the Trojan man is the Trojan man.Or that Puss in Boots predates Shrek.The media convinces us that we know , when in fact we know less Here in America, for instance, we have Thanksgiving for Black Friday which I heard a newscaster on the BBC say was named for the traffic Huh.This is what Faber is writing about. Interesting premise, about a venal, flawed man who stumbles across a series of perfectly preserved scrolls from Jesus time, including an eyewitness account of Judas betrayal and Christ s crucifixion that completely contradict the existing gospels But the execution is brief and minor, skipping across a lot of key connective material to draw some elaborate but disjointed sketches about the books reception and its effect on the man who found it It feels like so much is missing here any attempt to verify the scrolls, or protect them the protagonist leaves them unprotected in his fleabag apartment, and the point is made that this is phenomenally insecure, but nothing comes of it , or any attempt for the country where he stole them to reclaim them The book jumps from the days where the author is a crank doing awkward appearances on local news to the point where he s a mega bestselling author whose phenomenally gorgeous, capable, accomplished liaison on one of his book tour appearances sleeps with him apparently just as part of the perks of selling books Another character I was sorry to see disappear after one scene the publisher who first takes on the book back when no one believes in it What happens to him This book feels vaguely satirical, reminiscent of Christopher Moore s Lamb, but while the individual scenes are well drawn and Faber s writing is terrific, this feels like an aborted novel, a bunch of well realized but disconnected pieces that don t add up to a whole. Underwhelming I like my satire scathing and my humour, well, funnier This book needed to be at least twice as long, with a slower build up and many scenes of the damage Theo Grippen s book was causing to the faithful It needed detaileverywhere, but especially the ending, which frankly left me believing that Faber petered out and or chickened out As it was, I m left with the thought that The Fire Gospel s real life editor and publisher must have demanded the plot be sanitized something akin to what its fictional editor publisher may have wished they had done to The Fifth Gospel There s no other reason for this to be so bland, is there Pet peeve if you re going to make your main character s hometown Toronto, it might be worthwhile to visit There was absolutely NO recognizable character to the city, and that annoys me no end as a native Plus, it s just damn lazy This whole effort felt lazy to me. We speak of things that cannot be spoken I never really know what to expect from Michel Faber, but whatever he does, he invariably does it well.In other hands, this story could be and has been before turned to long and meandering tales of ancient conspiracy, or eloquent statements about the nature of religion and belief But for Faber, The Fire Gospel is sharp and funny and spare, poking fun at the modern businesses of publishing and journalism, exposing the inevitable conflict between faith and facts, and even having a laugh at the expense of the murky waters of reader reviews He does all this with a broad brush, quick strokes, a sharp wit, and tongue placed firmly in cheek.On the surface, The Fire Gospel is the story of Theo Griepenkerl, a minor linguistics scholar who happens to make a discovery that could change the Western world as we know it a few ancient scrolls, written in Aramaic, and detailing the life of Malchus, witness to the final hours of Jesus Christ s life Malchus, as is turns out, was not a very interesting guy, and neither is Theo His find, however, becomes a Fifth Gospel that sets the world on fire The Fire Gospel is such a short book that we don t really have time for some of the deep, complicated storytelling Faber is known for in longer works The characters are often thin, even to the level of being little than archetypes themselves, and the plot leaps from point to point while we poor readers scurry to catch up But here s the thing for this story, it works, because the point is not really Theo s story or even Malchus faith shaking revelations of a Christ human than we ve ever heard of before The point is that humans are often petty, doubting, fragile creaturesand never so than when our beliefs are challenged.For all its wit and humor, The Fire Gospel is a rather thoughtful volume For being so slim, it still packs a punch and left me thinking at the end wondering if faith and facts can ever co exist peacefully, if our symbols can ever stand up to the petty realities of being humanand if this review is making it better, or worse We seek to store understandingslike a madman who would snatch a moonbeam and put it in his purse. An interesting what if little novel on the subject of a gospel written by someone who actually knew Jesus and who flatly contradicts a number of details found in the canonical gospels as translated and brought into the present by a Canadian academic of sorts who is wholly unprepared for what happens once the book is published Lots of contemporary fanaticism and bandwagoning, listings, book tours, threats, etc The ending is sufficiently ambiguous to allow each reader to conclude according to her his own personal levels of optimism pessimism. Very disappointed in this book it had immense potential for a scathing commentary on current media marketing and religious lassitude Unfortunately, the characters were rather pat loser breaking up with his girlfriend, nutty Christians and there was little else to offer The plot moves quickly, but takes some rather unbelievable jumps Also, the translations offered by the main character of the Book of Malchus simply don t read well The problem is, if Faber intended this as a wry commentary on translation, it doesn t come across as such Rather, it simply comes across as another somewhat hollow portion of text Worth reading only for the good ideas inside and wondering who maybe you could have done better. Theo Griepenkerl Is A Modest Academic With An Olympian Ego When He Visits A Looted Museum In Iraq, Looking For Treasures He Can Ship Back To Canada, He Finds Nine Papyrus Scrolls That Have Lain Hidden For Two Thousand Years Once Translated From Aramaic, These Prove To Be A Fifth Gospel, Written By An Eye Witness Of Jesus Christ S Last Days But When Theo Decides To Share This Sensational Discovery With The World, He Fails To Imagine The Impact The New Gospel Will Have On Christians, Arabs, Homicidal Maniacs And Customers Like Prometheus S Gift Of Fire, It Has Incendiary ConsequencesThe Fire Gospel Is An Enthralling Novel About The Power Of Words To Resonate Across Centuries, And Inspire And Disrupt In Equal Measure Wickedly Provocative, Hilarious And Shocking By Turns, It Is A Revelatory Piece Of Storytelling Well, that was kind of lame. Nem u ct, e by m tahle del pov dka novelka n jak zaujala, na tohle t ma u tu byla spousta lep ch v c Nenadchne, neuraz

Michel Faber born 13 April 1960 is a Dutch writer of English language fiction.Faber was born in The Hague, The Netherlands He and his parents emigrated to Australia in 1967 He attended primary and secondary school in the Melbourne suburbs of Boronia and Bayswater, then attended the University Of Melbourne, studying Dutch, Philosophy, Rhetoric, English Language a course involving translation a

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • The Fire Gospel
  • Michel Faber
  • English
  • 04 August 2017
  • 9780307397645

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