A work of dangerous and haunting beauty by America's last real literary outlaw.
Under Tiberius is a thrilling story of crime and deceit involving the man who came to be called Jesus Christ. Deep in the recesses of the Vatican, Nick Tosches unearths a first-century memoir by Gaius Fulvius Falconius, foremost speechwriter for Emperor Tiberius. The codex is profound, proof of the existence of a Messiah who was anything but the one we've known - a shabby and licentious thief.
After encountering him in the streets of Judea, Gaius becomes spin doctor for Jesus, and the pair schemes to accrue untold riches by convincing the masses that Jesus is the Son of God. As their marriage of truth and lies is consummated, friendship and wary respect develop between these two grifters.
Outrageous and disturbing, Under Tiberius is as black as the ravishing night, shot through with fierce and brilliant light.
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- Mr. Eemon "omnes vos postulo est amor"
Good idea that doesn't come off
I was looking forward to a wry, tongue-in-cheek take on the gospel story, that was just as likely to have happened as the ones we have handed down in the Bible. I had heard Nick interviewed on NPR and liked the extract he read. But instead, I found this novel very labored, crude and too serious, so I am going to return it. I like what I think the author is trying to do but I don't think he succeeds. And it could be the fault of the super-intense, takes-himself-far-too-seriously reader, that didn't bring out a spark of humor in the chapters I listened to.
I much preferred Lamb by Christopher Moore - that was a really good listen.
Shortened it, made it somewhat more humorous.
Laborious, serious, monochrome.
I would have cut down some of the crudity and "toilet" scenes - not removed them altogether, but once the point was made, move on.
- Anne K