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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 This review has b Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville transcends genres as it recounts Little Reds Riding Hood the story of a great friendship lost and re found In The Return of a Gangsters Girl the gospels Jesus is described as having only one friend and when Hard Pass (Forbidden Plays, this friend dies Jesus does something Cut and Run that he does nowhere else in Beautiful Bandit (Lone Star Legends, the Bible He weeps Novelist Richard Beard begins here Mixing Biblical sources historical detail fascinating references Daddy Rapes His Little Daughter During School 2 Story Bundle to music art and writers as d This review has b

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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 One of the most u

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    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 know?Lazarus 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 thenwhat?

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    In this peculiar novel cum biography Beard attempts to piece together everything that has ever been said written and thought about the biblical character of Lazarus The best sections have Beard ferreting out the many diseases from which Lazarus may have been suffering and imagining what his stench – both in life and in death – must have been like “He stinketh” as the Book of John pithily puts itAlongside these reasonable conjectures is a strange invented backstory for Jesus and Lazarus when they were children Jesus failed to save Lazarus’ younger brother from drowning and Lazarus has borne a lifelong grudge A Roman official is able to temporarily convince Lazarus that he needs to take up the mantle of the Messiah because he came back to life he has the miracle to prove the position whether he wants it or not The end of the novel follows the strand of the Passion Week though in a disconnected and halfhearted fashionBeard’s interest is not that of a religious devotee or a scriptural scholar but of a skeptical postmodern reader Lazarus is a vehicle for uestions of textual accuracy imagination and the creation of a narrative of life and death His unprecedented second life must make him irresistible to experimental novelists Beard’s follow up novel Acts of the Assassins is also Bible themed; it’s a thriller that imagines the Roman Empire still in charge today

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    One of the most uniue books I have read in a long long timeBeard examines the story of Lazarus through a novel inherently a work of fiction yet he weaves historical asides throughout the book that paint an even compelling almost convincing picture of this man who was said to be Jesus' only friend Lazarus is presented to us as both a character in a story and a man who was once alive on this earth someone who is intimately knowable through Beard's imagination but also inherently unknowable because so few records of his life are available to usAs someone who was raised Presbyterian and attended Catholic grade school I always saw Lazarus as just one of Jesus' miracles He was just another chapter in the life of Jesus no or less important than the other chapters we learned about And yet Beard raises and answers in his own creative way uestions that never occurred to me why did Jesus choose to raise Lazarus of all people from the dead? Why was Lazarus dead in the first place? And what happened to Lazarus after he was brought back? How could any of us live our lives again after coming back to life?

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    Full Disclosure I won this as an ARC copy from the Goodreads giveaway I was pretty excited to have won this one generally I'm thrilled to win a book but I really do love Europa as a publisher No they didn't tell me to say that Yes I actually really do think have favourite publishers I'm a librarian guys Lazarus raising from the dead is the last and arguably most famous of Jesus's public miracles resulting in two of the most famous Biblical uotes I am the resurrection and the life and Jesus Wept The thing is only John mentions Lazarus and that was written about 100 years after the other Gospels and the problem with John as well all know do we all know this? My uncle used to be a Benedictine monk Maybe this isn't common knowledge John is less dependable Beard himself says it hilariously well Mark is considered the most factually accurate Matthew and Luke base their accounts on Mark while John is closer to the kind of writing known today as creative non fiction So yes Creative non fiction Historical Fact Whatever Anyways Beard's novel focus around the detail that Lazarus is described as Jesus' friend something Jesus has few of Why is it Lazarus' death that causes Jesus to weep? Why did the first three gospel writers omit Lazarus from their version of historical record? Beard traces the history of Jesus' friendship with Lazarus then their adult lives I don't really want to get into much detail here because you know Spoilers so I'm going to tell you what I think about the bookIn the best possible way I don't actually know what to make of the book Stylistically Beard is close to perfect flippant but never trivial and enough probability is added to the core of Lazarus's story to make you care about his eventual fate or you know one of the two options that Beard gives Which is true? Who knows But about the book itself I don't actually know uite what to make of it It bounces between speculative fiction and realistic textual analysis It's a made up or not but maybe? but really too complex a debate for Goodreads Biography of the man who was arguably Jesus' only friend Complicated I know When you read it you'll understand Lazarus is Dead is arguably the most unusual and original book I've read in a while and I read a lot of odd books Call it speculative fiction or whatever you want and go get a copy when it comes out It's very very much well worth a read You'll probably put it down and be a little confused and fairly thoughtful about what is fiction what is fact and the stories none of us know but wish we didhttpvivalaktblogspotca

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    Citing gospels art archaeology and Roman historians amongst other sources Richard Beard attempts to get to the heart of who Lazarus really was what his life might have been like why he died why he was brought back to life and what might have happened to him after the events described in John’s GospelWritten in an odd style part novel part history textbook that took me a while to get into Lazarus is Dead is a most unusual and original book in very many ways I’m wary of saying too much of spoiling this remarkable tale for the would be reader It is very much a tale in three parts and the first – covering Lazarus and Jesus’ childhood and adolescence in Egypt and Nazareth – is a reasonably readable entirely imagined tale of a Biblical character about whom we know little or nothing filled with insight and historical detail and with terrific feeling for its time and place The middle section covers the year of Lazarus’s sickness set against the background of Jesus’ ministry and miracles I found this part rather dry; Richard Bear freuently departs from the narrative to reflect on the many and varied sources on which he bases his conjectures There’s an abundance of brutal detail on sickness and healing and the rituals of death and the narrative gets a little lost in the murk of Lazarus’ inevitable death and politics religious and secular – as the powers that be debate on what is to be done about JesusThis book really comes into its own after Lazarus returns from the dead What happens to a man who was dead for four days then returns in spectacular fashion back to a world constrained by strict religious laws that consider death unclean considers Lazarus unclean a blasphemous abomination? Things look pretty bleak for Lazarus and then Jesus is crucified and everything changes Politics Jewish and Roman – take over everyone has an agenda and we really do not know which way the author is going to take things next This last third of the tale is a truly compelling read and the ultimate ending uite beautiful 4 stars because the 5 end than makes up for the 3 middle

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    I found this book to be very intriguing We all well those of us raised in a Christian tradition know the story of Lazarus raised from the dead by Jesus and his sisters practical Martha and faithful Mary But that story is not much than a skeleton missing a before an after and a lot if what's going on around it That's what author Richard Beard tries to flesh out in this book the story around Lazarus' resurrectionPart historical fiction and part literary and other arts review Beard creates a story about Lazarus and his childhood friend Jesus—destined to become the Messiah—and what led to their separation This background story is woven through the narrative of Lazarus' first last year and the first week of his second first year which also happens to be Jesus' first last week Interspersed through this story are references to Biblical passages works of literature and works of art that reference Lazarus and the events of the time Beard uses these to support the narrative he has created for the life of Lazarus It's structurally well put together and moves easily nearly seamlessly at times from literature reference to story and back againThe first thing I noticed opening the book was that it starts at chapter 7 section 7 Um what? Looking at the table of contents I realized the chapter and section headings are a countdown to Lazarus' death after which point the chapter and section numbers begin to count up Clever play thereI found the book a uick and enjoyable read If anything I was a little unsatisfied with the rather indecisive ending but it is reflective of Beard's research which states that we really have no idea of what happened to Lazarus after Jesus' own death and resurrection There is enough closure however to feel contented upon closing the book

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    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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    I won this book through the Goodreads First Read programI entered the giveaway because I was looking for something different and this book certainly ualified In fact there were times I was sitting there thinking that this tale was just completely bizarre but in a good wayBeard doesn't have much to work on of the four book John Matthew Mark and Luke only John even mentions Lazarus which perhaps asks uestions than it answers Though on the other hand it leaves the author uite a bit of room to fill in the holesBut Beard doesn't just make up any old story While telling us the tale of Lazarus he's also explaining how he came to various conclusions using the Bible and other historical references to guide his choices in how he has Lazarus' life unfold The alternation between Lazarus actual story and the reasoning behind it often very plausible was woven so neatly into the the plot itself it became the part of plot I was much impressed I truly enjoyed the language and style of this book Even the pace was perfect you have time to reflect on Lazarus' fate poor guy by the way being the guinea pig for the Messiah was no easy life but you never get bored I've not read anything uite like it before

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