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It's not bad. It's also possibly not very good. I finished it completely unattached to any of the characters, and, although I do understand Alderman's approach to this essential topic, it still feels like a less than rounded piece.
It's hard to tell why; I understand her attempt to take the emotions out of discussing the times surrounding a character we think may have been *the* Jesus of the New Testament. I also understand her demotion of the impact of his presence on his times and circumstances. I also like the idea of the Rashomon-like detour around various characters examining more or less the same events (or non-events). I also appreciate her circumventing final statements and definitive answers.
So I don't know why I don't like it more. I guess it lacks that "it" that sucks you in. The women are strong and vocal while apparently submitting to a male-dominated society; the good men are worse than you think, the bad men are better. They all work for small immediate purposes, under abstract notions. I guess it's such a politically correct circumvention of definitive answers that the thread is too thick and the weave ends up being unsatisfactory.
What did you like most about The Liars' Gospel?
A new take on an old story
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Liars' Gospel?
Judas's life story
Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favourite?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Mary's rejection by Jesus
Any additional comments?
Very thought provoking. A very well researched and imaginative telling of a familiar story.
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