The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

Publisher: Vintage Canada

This is a story. In this ingenious and spellbinding retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman revisits the most influential story ever told. Charged with mystery, compassion and enormous power, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ throws fresh light on who Jesus was and asks the reader questions that will continue to resonate long after the final page is turned. For, above all, this book is about how stories become stories.

From the Hardcover edition.


Mary and Joseph
This is the story of Jesus and his brother Christ, of how they were born, of how they lived and of how one of them died. The death of the other is not part of the story.
As the world knows, their mother was called Mary. She was the daughter of Joachim and Anna, a rich, pious and...
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"Pullman is a supreme storyteller who knows better than anyone that a myth needs no justification."

"A fierce and beautiful book which, like the parable of the Grand Inquisitor in The Brothers Karamazov, will move even those who disagree with it."
--Richard Holloway, The Guardian

"A compassionate meditation on the nature of faith."
--CBC News

"Approaches his biblical source material with respect. . . . He shines when he twists the stories, combining, changing and corrupting."
--Winnipeg Free Press

"It made me think of the story of Christ as just that: a great story."
--The Globe and Mail