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Discussing Jose Saramago's The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

  • Jan 15, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Our first discussion of 2014, and it's the often nominated but (obviously) first-time victorious The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by Jose Saramago.

Described (probably by the publisher) as "a sceptic' s journey into the meaning of God and of human existence", it is, as the name suggests, a retelling of the "greatest story ever told" from the perspective of its main protagonist. Atheists, agnostics and believers all welcome!

So please do join us for some stimulating conversation, with food and drink readily available, and start your new year the right way: giving your intellectual muscles a work-out!

You can purchase the book from Amazon here

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  • Tiziana

    It has occurred to me that none of us thought of comparing and contrasting this book with Pasolini's Vangelo Secondo Matteo, which also portrays the Gospel from a very human perspective (Neo-Realist-like), also by using non professional and not-at-all-glamorous actors. Pasolini was also obviously Marxist and an atheist, although he seems to me to have provided a more sympathetic and more 'respectful' version of the gospel story. Would be interesting to re-watch it in the light of this reading!

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Marina B.

    The book was amazing, the discussion - really good. Saramango's writing is so fresh, daring and powerful that it's going to be haunting me for a while... :-)

    2 · January 18, 2014

    • Marina B.

      What I liked about the book was the naked truth about a myth that has been embedded in our collective consciousness for 2000 years. I do believe that Jesus was a real human being endowed with extraordinary powers though... Were those powers induced upon him by forces ruling his and our world or not... possible. There is too much evidence of cruelty and vanity in the history of mankind to dismiss the assumption that our world is indeed ruled by such manipulative entities... However it's not all doom and gloom, - we still have the freedom to say 'no' to temptations - all it takes is to have our say... :)

      January 21, 2014

    • Richard I.

      I liked the fact that it reminded you that there are many ways of seeing the same events, and that fiction is regularly more powerful than truth. We just have to remember that it is not necessarily THE TRUTH. Also, what you believe to be true is in a direct relationship with how you act - people act on their beliefs but not always consistently. That is a more human 'Jesus' than the Bible may often seem to portray.

      January 22, 2014

  • Irini A.

    Sorry, but there was a last minute change in my work schedule and I won't be able to attend. I hope to join you during the next meeting everyone!

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Richard I.

      Shame, but I hope you will be able to make it next time!

      January 17, 2014

  • Fatma

    Apologies, I won't be able to make it to my first meeting! I was really looking forward to it, hopefully next month!

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Richard I.

      Actually our next one's in March - but I too hope we'll see you there!

      January 17, 2014

  • DoloresS

    Happy New year everyone. I have a class before so won't be there till 7.30pm.

    January 5, 2014

    • Richard I.

      No problem, Dolores, see you then!

      January 12, 2014

  • Mike S.

    Afraid I can't make it now as I work on Wednesday evenings.

    December 29, 2013

    • Richard I.

      Sorry about that Mike, hope to see you at the next one.

      December 31, 2013

  • Russell

    I'm very much enjoying this one & a very seasonal start. Even tried to buy a paper copy but it was lost on the shelf...Calvino had been in to do the book sorting no doubt ;-)

    3 · December 31, 2013

    • Richard I.

      Would have been even better if we'd read it for Christmas!

      1 · December 31, 2013

  • Fatma

    Hello, I'd love to attend this meeting, but the RSVPs are closed - is it still possible to attend?

    December 12, 2013

    • Richard I.

      Sorry Fatma, it'll be great to have you along, I just need to confirm the date though (it'll be changing to either 14th or 15th January) before I reopen RSVPs!

      December 13, 2013

  • DoloresS

    Hi Richard,
    I can do both 14 and 15th but on the wednesday can only be there from 7.30pm. Best wishes. Dolores

    December 3, 2013

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