Part 1: Off-the-cuff initial reactions to Philip Pullman’s The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
The book could be summed up as “No! That’s not what I said!” in a painful, wincing way.
It was very simply and elegantly written, mixing phrases and metaphors from famous English translations of the Bible with Pullman’s own what-if imaginings. He managed to put some realistic human angles into the story of the gospels yet keep some of the original fairy tale aspects, too. One of the best examples I’ve seen of showing how we got it wrong, we got it all wrong.
This is a story.
Part 2: Paper or Plastic?
On another note completely … this is a book I will definitely be reading again in it’s e-book edition. Or perhaps I should say … in it’s Enhanced Edition. It’s not clear to me whether it would be Philip Pullman’s voice reading the audio track that accompanies the text, but I am very excited to see the interviews. The re-reading will probably have to wait till November, however.