Book Review – The good man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ – Philip Pullman

This is going to be the shortest book review I have ever done. Very little comment and not a huge amount of opinion!

The Good man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ was disappointing. I won’t beat around the bush, it could have been so much and it really wasn’t. It sums to a pretty basic retelling of the salient parts of the Christian story with the odd suggestion that the miracles (including the resurrection) could be explained away. The thinking is sound, the story idea is sound, the book is not.

It’s saving grace is the Afterword which contains almost 20 pages directly from Philip Pullman explaining why and how the story came about. I enjoyed this part of the book. Philip Pullman can write very very well, his message is good and I wish he had written a more in depth book in the style of that last chapter instead of try to commit it to a story.

Ho Hum. I’m giving the book 6/10. It was readable, the Afterword saved it at least one full star. It could have been so much more.

Rating: 6/10

Link to The Good man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ on GoodReads

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