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Gore Vidal (–) was born Eugene Luther Vidal, later adopting the surname of his grandfather, Senator Thomas Gore, as his first name. Well known as a. MESSIAH: A Novel. [Gore. Vidal] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Messiah [Gore Vidal, Elizabeth A. Lynn] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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This book shows in modern form what it might have been like, at least from This is a curious and sometimes enlightening look into the origins of a new religion that sweeps the world in the age of television, a retelling of the story of early Christianity with a dopier dogma and the aid of technology. View all 6 comments. He’s a renegade now, he fled from the influence sphere of cavism to Upper Egypt, seeking refuge within the realms of Islam.

That it was published in vidql fat-and-happy, complacent ‘s makes it even more of a marvel.

Very much worth reading. That aside, there is much to recommend this imaginative take on the cult of religion and how we view life and death – not least the cynical Clarissa is she really years old? You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The success story is told in retrospect by Eugene Luther, the writer.

There’s an oddly appealing drawing-room comedy air to much of the discussion, as the protagonist is a well-born, well-educated, well-off man who makes good company at luncheon parties. The last thing humans need is a pseudo-scientific religion that teaches us that to live is pointless and to embrace death is sweet, even if these assertions are both true and useful.

I think I would have liked to see a more robust novel in place of this trim treatise, with extended backstories of our key players, though they are still reasonably fleshed out and with the possible exception of our narrator-protagonistall pretty vical in A fascinating and terrifying short novel about the rise and eventual takeover of a dangerous cult, though the narrative itself reads more as a minor character study of a handful of individuals who sell the world on the glory of death.


Did they force Him to drink to the dregs, from the bitter cup that He Himself had mixed, so that His Word could survive and triumph? We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find vidxl new favourite book.

His death is sold as the ideal of cavism. He was also known for his patrician manner, Transatlantic accent, and witty aphorisms. Its ending is quite exciting, but I am not sure that it is worth wading through what precedes it.

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As Iris notes, “There’s something in oneself which stirs and comes alive at his touch, through his agency. The power was sized by political means Constantine’s ‘conversion’ While I thoroughly enjoyed the prescient plot and scathing satire on religion, capitalism and mass communications in s America, I felt the book was needlessly overlong and that its characters were hollow and unattractive.

Dutton books Dystopian novels s novel stubs. He has said himself that he felt he didn’t really find his voice as a writer until ‘The Judgement of Paris’, the novel which followed this one.

Characters are for the most part only sketched, but I enjoyed listening to Clarissa, who like Salome in True Blood, claimed to be very old indeed For a book written nearly sixty years ago, this novel still feels quite fresh. Luther throughout the book calmy describes how a charismatic man’s psychosis developes into a multi-cultural religion and how easy it is to manipulate the faithful into giving up messiqh money and then their lives for the cause.

It’s highly satirical, funny in a dark humor sort of way, and makes you appreciate how perceptive this author must have been, considering all of the events coming out of messsiah cults over the last few decades.

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OK, the first chapter is very heady, but after that the book is just fantastic. There were omens, he says near the beginning of his narrative, of what was about to befall.

I read the book to the end; the UFOs never reappeared. Unfortunately empirical historical facts cannot be dispensed with by appeals to a priori principles; you cannot beg the question, you must prove what you assert and, alas, the evidence is against you. This book shows in modern form what it might have been like, at least from an atheist’s perspective since the hand of God has no role.

What starts as a grandiose idea about “how we vdal think and live” between friends becomes a malignant and uncontrolable institutional force that changes the world Also, a woman Cavist leader named Iris, whom he had known, becomes a new manifestation of the ancient Mother Goddess — vdial had earlier been manifested in The Virgin Mary and before that in Isis and others.

Something I could not have understood at age fifteen. Sane, rational people, contemptuous of organised religions. It grows all over the world and even overtakes the big three religions in its followers and adherents. Having the heretic take refuge in Egypt is something that as it happens works very well ingiven the evolution of events there.

The Messiah

His penetrating gaze normally veiled, hooded, or sheathedwhen turned on individuals or crowds, penetrates through all intellectual considerations, questions and doubts.

The Best Books of When the last superstitions are thrown out and we meet death with the same equanimity as life. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

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