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Read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Richard Beard Lazarus is Dead Summary À 102 Richard Beard ↠ 2 Read To learn a trade and ultimately to find his calling in an unprecedented mix of spirituality and revolutionary zeal Lazarus Is Dead is set during the final period in each man’s life or to be precise each man’s first life Both know the end is near and though they’re loath to admit it they long for reconciliation For that to happen they will need to find reasons to believe in each other before time runs o. Lazarus is Dead is one weird little book You can tell this when you open it and it starts at chapter 7 The chapters count down to zero which is where Lazarus is raised from the dead and then count back up again to 7 The basic story is the one from the Bible and the author cites Biblical evidence to explain why he told it the way he did He also cites every piece of literature that treats the Lazarus story and I was surprised there were so many Then he invents wildly When Joseph and Mary flee to Egypt they invite their neighbors the Lazarus family to flee with them The two boys are together in Egypt They are together back in Nazareth They did everything together as best buddies until Lazarus s brother drowns and Jesus does not save him The book begins with the boys grown up and somewhat estranged Lazarus follows Jesus career from a distance But every time Jesus performs another miracle Lazarus gets sicker He has not just one disease but seven Is Jesus inflicting sickness on Lazarus on purpose so that he can show off What exactly is the relationship between Jesus and Lazarus Once he is raised from the dead Lazarus has followers of his own and people trying to kill him Could Lazarus be a messiah too I liked the first half of the book best There is a dry wry wit throughout but in the second half there is a heavier note of cynicism to the cleverness Lazarus is world weary and directionless Everyone has an agenda Everyone is using everyone else the priests the Romans the traveling healer the assassin Lazarus s prostitute girlfriend And while they are all plotting Jesus does what Jesus does It was fascinating to take a familiar story and look at it from a different perspective
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Read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Richard Beard Lazarus is Dead Summary À 102 Richard Beard ↠ 2 Read Brimming with wit and humor Lazarus Is Dead transcends genres as it recounts the story of a great friendship lost and re found In the gospels Jesus is described as having only one friend and when this friend dies Jesus does something that he does nowhere else in the Bible He weeps Novelist Richard Beard begins here Mixing Biblical sources historical detail fascinating references to music art and writers as d. At a gala performance of Jesus Christ Superstar comedienne Victoria Wood was asked what she thought of the show It s very sad she said he dies in the end you know Here it is Jesus s friend Lazarus who dies not at the end but in the middle Then comes back to life again thanks to his childhood friend We are presented with episodes from the childhood of Lazarus and Jesus speculations about those formative years together and the different paths their lives subseuently followed Among all the people Jesus knows and all the people Jesus meets Lazarus is uniue in the Christian New Testament Not in coming back from the dead there were others but in being named as Jesus s friend Jesus has disciples some of whom he loves but Lazarus is his only recorded friend And famously unforgettably in the shortest verse of the bible Lazarus can make Jesus weepAs you can see much of this novel reads like non fiction The author as narrator attempts to piece together the life and death and life again story of Lazarus and his connection to Jesus from the few clues to be found in the Bible A kind of literary archaeobiography biblioarchaeology setting out to answer uestions like what did Lazarus die of He lives with his sisters who are unaffected so whatever he has cannot be infectious for example Lazarus has eight months to live That much we know but smallpox would have killed him uicker than that His rash at this stage must therefore be scabies caused by parasitic mites beneath the skin The mite Sarcoptes scabiei clusters on bedding clothing and other household objects Impregnated female mites wait for contact with human skin then seek out the folds of the body They make a home in the softness between fingers and toes inside the elbow or behind the knee between the buttocks or in the red heat of the groin They start tunnellingBeard switches between this forensic analysis and speculative historical fiction in the way of a highbrow television docudrama Reconstructing history while deconstructing the barrier between fiction and non fiction Leaving us to wonder how much of history is as speculative as fiction anyway Where is the line between reality and imagination Can we ever knowLazarus is Dead does not have the sweltering atmosphere of Jim Crace s uarantine but it is a fascinating and compelling read A fictional biography of someone who didn t exist and then did and then didn t and then did again and thenwhatRichard Beard ↠ 2 Read
Read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Richard Beard Lazarus is Dead Summary À 102 Richard Beard ↠ 2 Read Iverse as Kahlil Gibran and Norman Mailor and abundant reserves of creative invention Beard gives us his astonishing and amusing take on the greatest story ever told about second chances As children Lazarus and Jesus were thick as thieves But following a mysterious event their friendship dwindled in early adulthood One man struck out and became a flamboyant and successful businessman the other stayed behind.
- Lazarus is Dead
- Richard Beard
- 13 July 2019