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The Fire Gospel By Michel Faber The Fire Gospel Theo 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

  • Title: The Fire Gospel
  • Author: Michel Faber
  • ISBN: 9781847672780
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Fire Gospel By Michel Faber Theo 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 shareTheo 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 consequences.The 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 From the Hardcover edition.
    The Fire Gospel By Michel Faber

    The Fire Gospel The Fire Gospel Faber, Michel Jan , 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 The Fire Gospel by Michel Faber Nov , 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 th gospel written by a disciple of Jesus named Malchus On many layers, the novel reads like a parody of the Bible. The Fire Gospel Kindle edition by Faber, Michel Feb , 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

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    1. Shovelmonkey1 on said:

      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 build [...]

    2. Laysee on said:

      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 r [...]

    3. Tasha Robinson on said:

      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 v [...]

    4. Jennifer (aka EM) on said:

      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 [...]

    5. Chris on said:

      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 [...]

    6. Jason on said:

      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 rather unbelievable jumps Also, the translations offered by the main character of the Book of Malchus simply don t read well The problem is, if Faber intended this as a wry commentary on tran [...]

    7. John Champneys on said:

      I purchase this over the Christmas period as a present to myself, after liking the review, and because it was going for such a bargain price As soon as I d done that, I squirreled it away in the archives and forgot all about it.I d previously been reading my way through The Diviner s Tale by Bradford Morrow, and was feeling soggy and saturated by the time I d reached the end and as I was looking for something short and cheery I felt this Fire Gospel might just be the thing to dry me out and warm [...]

    8. Rich Stoehr on said:

      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 [...]

    9. Heidi Ward on said:

      I really liked this book I wanted to really love it It had all the hallmarks of the sort of philoso satire I tend to enjoy The idea of an earnest, if a little duplicitous, academic causing a history exploding breach in the world s major and most troublesome faiths is awesome The Fifth Gospel, the newly discovered and translated Aramaic book within the book that starts all the hubbub is both funny and humane The satiric skewering of fanatics of both the religious and Dan Brown loving variety is s [...]

    10. Nikki on said:

      Fifty percent of the way through this book, I just started skimming it The main character is not particularly sympathetic, and there s no one else really of note in that time, and the plot itself is pretty well trodden The myth it s supposedly based on doesn t really make an appearance in that half, either I normally like the Canongate series, at least as light reading, but really, not a fan of this one.It isn t exactly fast paced, and there s than a whiff of male wish fulfilment surrounding th [...]

    11. Nightfalltwen on said:

      I went into this book with very high expectations because I simply adored Michel Faber s book The Crimson Petal and the White This book didn t disappoint at all It s a thin book, which is rather nice because TCPATW is such a dense and meaty read Yet Faber s writing just pulls you right into the story from the beginning.I highly recommend this.

    12. Alfonso on said:

      Spoiler Alert This book had so much potential and it let me down Faber is great with description and even though I did not like the book his writing kept me moving along I know that the book is fictional, yet I was not able to believe the premise of the story and did not care for the character First I had a problem with the fact that he happened to be an expert in Aramaic who finds these lost gospels in Aramaic after in explosion in an Iraqi museum and then he is able to smuggle them out of Iraq [...]

    13. Katie Gerrard on said:

      This is a short novel at 224 pages, but I think the story lends itself well to the size and you don t at any point feel that the narrative is moving on too quickly or isn t developed enough The story covers an academic who, whilst visiting war torn Iraq to try and look after some of the artefacts, discovers by chance some scrolls Worrying for their safety, and with his personal life in turmoil, he steals them When he begins working on the translation of the stolen scrolls he finds that he has so [...]

    14. Kath on said:

      This was a huge disappointment It s part of the Canongate myth series however, it was not a retelling of an old myth It was a new story about a fifth book of the Gospels, written by Malchus, a former servant of the high priest Caiaphus Malchus is traditionally believed to have had his ear cut of by Peter, a disciple of Jesus The manuscript of Malchus has been discovered by a scholar who goes through difficult times after he convinces a publisher to read his book I m disappointed because this nov [...]

    15. Melanti on said:

      I m not a huge silly fan to begin withAdd in a historically inaccurate text, an implausible premise, and a complete disregard for the existence of apocryphal texts and you ve got a book I didn t like in the slightest.There s a couple of decent bits in there particularly some jokes about the ridiculousness of our news media but that wasn t nearly enough to save the book in my eyes.

    16. Ludmila Kovaříková on said:

      Snad celou knihu myslel jako vtip Ironick podt n ukazuje p ihloupl reakce na objev nov ho evangelia koment e na u, k es an , nosci sp daj c len teorie o vlivu knihy, o ek van sebevra da kv li ztr t smyslu v ry Ale kdo vlastn Malchusovi rozum , pro vlastn i p es jin slova na k i uv il koda e dvojsmysly na za tku knihy se pomalu vytr cely.

    17. Annelies on said:

      Myths generally have a quality that lifts you up to a state of willing suspension of disbelief This particular work does that and then drops you like a sack of potatoes into the real world of reviews What follows is some halfhearted start of a thriller, which is bluntly cut off It feels like the second half of a novel is missing.

    18. Duncan on said:

      Interesting, fun, short I liked the idea and many wouldn t of a story describing the discovery of a new Gospel There is so much interpretation of the existing 4, that a new narrative of the same events from a radically different timeline would unavoidably peturb our understanding of Christianity, and there are so many vested interests in the status quo that any interpreter of the text would come under severe pressure from a number of sides Both of these elements are handled in this brief story, [...]

    19. Craig Dickson on said:

      I m not totally sure how I feel about this book It was well written and enjoyable to read Faber is a beautiful writer But I felt that the ending was unsatisfying and unresolved Of course, it was deliberately so, but for me it didn t really work Maybe I m not poetic enough, but I was hoping for resolution It was good though, dealing with interesting themes and with an engagingly dislikeable protagonist So yeah, I can t really fault it technically and I enjoyed it right up until the last page, bu [...]

    20. Marianne on said:

      I have high expectations from Faber and this was just as fun to read An hilarious romp through a middle aged man s highly irreverant biblical revelations There is always something slightly offbeat with Faber, and this was again one sit read, be prepared to be offended.

    21. Amy Berti on said:

      Don t read it.I gave it two stars because the author is actually an intelligent guy with an interesting writing style But his storyline is terrible, sad and never redeems itself Depressing at best Choose just about anything else you ve been warned.

    22. Mike Finn on said:

      Did Michel Faber grow tired of the idea I enjoyed the notion and enjoyed most of the tale but the whole thing seemed to me to peter out.

    23. Lisa on said:

      full review wp p42FJU 88Michel Faber s slim novella The Fire Gospel is part of a collection of novellas called The Canongate Myth Series, featuring modern retellings of ancient myths The Fire Gospel is inspired by the Greek Titan Prometheus, who introduced humankind to fire and lived to regret it The subtitle of this work reminded me instantly of Frankenstein, and I was wary of Faber trying to outdo that text or become overly influenced by it, but this concern was unfounded because these stories [...]

    24. Kate on said:

      Full review here.If you wanted to be churlish, you might accuse Canongate of slightly cheating when it comes to this novel Clocking in at 200ish pages of large, wide margined text in hardback, this is really of a novella, and has much of a short story feel than something like The Crimson Petal and the White, or even Under the Skin his first novel, which was adapted from a short story a fact that becomes kind of apparent with a bit of a panicky, tacked on ending, even while the whole novel is s [...]

    25. Mark on said:

      Philip K Dick s splendid final novel, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer, deals, in part, with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the 40s and 50s, and the profound effect their discovery had on certain religious groups in the latter half of the twentieth century If you want to read an engrossing book that touches on the fragility and the endurance of faith, starring some pretty memorable characters, I recommend it highly In The Fire Gospel, Theo Grienpenkerl, a linguist who works for the [...]

    26. Gerund on said:

      AT first glance, The Fire Gospel looks like the latest in the inslaught of Da Vinci Code type historical thrillers about dashing professors who save the world by solving ancient mysteries.But that would be underestimating author Michel Faber, whose bestselling 2003 novel The Crimson Petal And The White tuned the Victorian novel on its head In The Fire Gospel, he destroys all of Dan Brown s novelistic conventions in this darkly funny send up of the genre.Meet potbellied, grumpy, freshly dumped Th [...]

    27. harryknuckles on said:

      The Fire Gospel Michel FaberThe Fire Gospel is a very modern take on the story of Prometheus According to , Prometheus stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals for their use Zeus then punished him for his crime by having him bound to a rock while an eagle ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day.Aramaic scholar Theo Griepenkerl stumbles upon an ancient manuscript when an Iraqi museum he is visiting is bombed That manuscript is a supposed fifth gospel wr [...]

    28. Josh Ang on said:

      This is a daring novel that imagines what it would be like if a new Gospel is discovered in this day and age What kind of impact would it have on Christianity, the other religious beliefs, especially when it throws into doubt the apostles accounts about what actually happened at Jesus s crucifixion on Golgotha, and ultimately the Resurrection The narrative traces how the lost scrolls by an undocumented disciple, Malchus, formerly Capahaias spy involved in Judas s betrayal of Jesus is discovered [...]

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