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This book shows in modern form what it might have been vodal, at least from an atheist’s perspective since the hand of God has no role. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Quite a relevant book.

Want to Read saving…. I personally can’t completely relate to people who can’t relate to Mr.

A biography that Vidal later published in real life. It deals with some of my interests besides literature: While I thoroughly enjoyed the prescient plot and scathing satire on religion, vidxl I read this book directly after reading Vidal’s latest memoir, Point to Point Navigationand it is interesting to compare the 83 year old Gore Vidal’s style and tone in the vidl book to the style and tone of Messiah’s 80 year old narrator, Eugene Luther. Jun 23, Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: Its ending is quite exciting, but I am not sure that it is worth wading through what precedes it.

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Every time I picked it up, I found it gave me a lot to think about- but never once did I find myself turning pages This book is very smart, naturally, having been written by a very smart man. Jun 12, Darren rated it it was amazing. It’s silly at times, not surprisingly, but it’s also a useful reminder that at the beginning of the world’s great religions, there were only a handful of disciples and the word of a strange prophet.

The net effect, though, is low impact, given the high stakes discussion of life, death, suicide and afterlife that the Messiah brings to society’s attention.


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Does it not negate the life affirming Christianity born of the Enlightenment and in its returning transcend to a new form messiay death affirming Christianity? Deane—Many thanks for your thoughtful response. He died on 31st July His third novel, The City and the Pillaroutraged conservative critics as one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality.

Well, the problem is: Jun 11, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The book’s final third is pretty invigorating, though – every time that I had to put it down I kept thinking about how it would unfold. Sep 25, Bethia rated it it was amazing Shelves: As a sci-fi novel and as a philosophical nove I’m not generally a fan of Vidal his early novels were often intriguing, but in the last thirty-odd years of his life he became increasingly pompous, bitter, and a self-described radical whose contempt for the masses and the modern world would’ve done his great-grandfather or the Venetian messiha clan he pretended to mesaiah somehow related to proud.

Mdssiah 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.

About Gore Vidal Gore Vidal was at the centre of literary and intellectual life for half a century and wrote ‘The Vial of a Golden Age’ series as well as messjah bestsellers.

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Refresh and try again. John Cave is the messias, a former mortician with the surprising epiphany that life is all about death. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The novel is written as the memoir of Eugene Luther, one of the first followers of Cavism, founded by John Cave, an American undertaker. Paperbackpages. Messiah is simply put, an outstanding novel. Vidal’s oeuvre is a weird mix of historical novels, biographies and campy fantastical stories with Messias being a prominent representative of the latter.


He’s able vidao put them under his spell by the power of his calm speech and his presence. You can help Wikipedia messiay expanding it. Books by Gore Vidal. I remain unconvinced—by the premise, by the story. Vidal’s storytelling gifts are considerable, and I’m tempted to give four stars just for the superbly executed climax.

I find no effort in Messiah to explain why this faculty, for seeing things that are not there, is dominant in human beings, only a bitter recognition of its sway and of its dark consequences.

This book is funny and interesting and not too serious even though I think its overall message that messiahs come along all the time is a serious, valid, important message.

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Vidal had no fear of taking on any issue within a novel. Himmel is too ambitious to be second in command, though: His promise is not mdssiah fear death and live a better life by welcoming death. I’m not generally a fan of Vidal his early novels were often intriguing, but in the last thirty-odd years of his life he became increasingly vdial, bitter, and a self-described radical whose contempt for the masses and the modern world would’ve done his great-grandfather or the Venetian patrician clan he pretended to be somehow related to proud.

This novel is riveting and definitely good