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A brilliant and oddly prescient satire. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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That it was published in the fat-and-happy, complacent ‘s makes it even more of a marvel. The last thing humans need is a pseudo-scientific religion that teaches us that to live is pointless and to embrace death is sweet, even if these assertions are both true and useful. And now I was intrigued. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Messiah: A Neglected Book by Gore Vidal

This, at least, is how I read the text when I was sixteen. A new religion is born and ready to conquer the world mesiah Christianity did This book is funny and interesting and not too serious even though I think its overall message that messiahs come along all the time is a serious, valid, important message.

The messiay John Cave is himself killed by his followers when he proves inconvenient for the new religion’s development. Characters are for the most part only sketched, but I enjoyed listening to Clarissa, who like Salome in True Blood, claimed to be very old indeed For a book written nearly sixty years ago, this novel still feels quite fresh.

Vidal ran for political office twi Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. In addition, Vidal takes on world religions, thus world politics. gre

Vidal paints a beautiful picture that very well could occur, and after its publishing, seemingly has occured in th Gore Vidal’s Messiah provides an enthralling experience that requires one to dismantle much of our innate human conditioning to comprehend in its entirety. Email required Address never made public. Of course the metaphor lies in the fact such religions are more concerned with what happens after death, than they focus on the rewards of life here and now.


It deals with some of my interests besides literature: Mar 20, Guy Pyetan rated it it was amazing.

Post your comments here, or, better, to my Facebook Fan Page, www. Cave teaches, among other things, not to fear death and to actually desire it under certain circumstances. It made no difference how extraordinary the explanation was, if only they could know what was happening: While it may be a poke at Christianity, it could easily apply to how every and any ideological movement evolves.

Book ratings by Goodreads. He is working on an account of “that original crisis” that sent him there, which began when he was introduced to a former embalmer by the name of John Cave “a pair of initials calculated to amaze the innocent”. Perhaps best remembered for his caustic wit, he referred to himself as a “gentleman bitch” and has been described as the 20th century’s answer to Oscar Wilde Also used the pseudonym Edgar Box.

Jun 11, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: I read on, waiting for some clarification. If his intent is to mock the deluded folk who see UFOs, why does he attribute a sighting to his narrator—with whom he seems to identify and whose name, Eugene Luther, is part of his own? To be Cave, he must take Cavesway unto himself.

Still, the book is worth reading for its mordant wit and its delicate balance between satire and genuine, heart-rending drama. There’s a lot of what I remember having not read much Vidal aside from the occasional magazine piece as typically Vidal snarkiness about lots of things – but it’s all quite mild compared to a few minutes of, say, Real Time with Bill Maher.

Gore Vidal and the UFOs

Kron rated it it was amazing Shelves: I understood the references to UFOs to be ironic. Dolan rated it really liked it.


Jun 30, Hussein Mackie added it. For a book written nearly sixty years ago, this goe still feels quite fresh. It’s highly satirical, funny in a dark humor sort of way, and makes you appreciate how perceptive this author must have been, considering all of the events coming out of messianic cults over the last few decades.

About his 2nd book published in when he was 23 years old, “The City and the Pillar” was centered on homosexualityVidal stated that he thought everyone was bisexual.

Later followers come to glorify death, and even enforce it on other members. I’d give this 3. It also looks at television’s ability as the ultimate medium of persuasion — considering viral this book was written in vial, that’s an incredibly farsighted vision on Vidal’s part. This new, dumbed-down world of ours is in sore need of another you. Is not the advance of the New Age movement the progress of irrationality, vulgarity and folly?

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Apr 03, Zweegas rated it really liked it. Still, it’s a worthwhile book from a 29 year old writer who already, at the time, seemed far wiser than nearly all of his contemporaries.

It’s the rare breed of a novel of ideas by an author who not only gors original ideas but can write. Yet as a whole, Messiah is not a very effective novel. The Catered Affair I Accuse!

To see and hear Cave in action is at once to believe — and to be united to him on a deep personal level.

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