The Fire Gospel

The Fire GospelTheo 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

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

[BOOKS] ✬ The Fire Gospel ✶ Michel Faber –
  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • The Fire Gospel
  • Michel Faber
  • English
  • 10 June 2018
  • 9780307397645

10 thoughts on “The Fire Gospel

  1. Shovelmonkey1 says:

    I admire Michel Faber for his random output His brain a literary pick and mix bag You can probably just stick your hand in there and twirl it about a bit and not ever be sure what you re going to come out with This short and easy to read offering stars The unglamorous Theo Griepenkerl A self indulgent academic who lucks out on an ill fated trip to Iraq and stumbles upon a previously unknown aramaic gospel Life isnt all sweetness though for as he s stealing the gospels from mosul museum the building gets bombed and back home his girlfriend is bin bagging him in favour of a wildlife photographer Poor theo Well not really He s singularly self indulgent and unlikeable although in truth that just makes him a perfect academic in some ways His archaeological find of the century turns out to be quite deadly dull the narrator of the gospel being as unlovable and uninspired on the literary front as dear old theo Bu...

  2. Laysee says:

    The 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 ...

  3. Tasha Robinson says:

    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 ...

  4. Jennifer (aka EM) says:

    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 hom...

  5. Christine says:

    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...

  6. David says:

    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 contempo...

  7. Rich Stoehr says:

    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 Fi...

  8. Jason says:

    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 rathe...

  9. Simon says:

    Well, that was kind of lame.

  10. Vít says:

    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

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