The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson

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A critical success on both sides of the Atlantic, this darkly imaginative novel from Scottish author James Robertson takes a tantalizing trip into the spiritual by way of a haunting paranormal mystery. When Reverend Gideon Mack, a good minister despite his atheism, tumbles into a deep ravine called the Black Jaws, he is presumed dead. Three days later, however, he emerges bruised but alive-and insistent that his rescuer was Satan himself. Against the background of an incredulous world, Mack's disturbing odyssey and the tortuous life that led to it create a mesmerizing meditation on faith, mortality, and the power of the unknown.
 

About James Robertson

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James Robertson is a multiple prize-winning Scottish author and poet. He has published four previous novels: The Fanatic; Joseph Knight, which won the Scottish Book of the Year Award and the Saltire Prize; The Testament of Gideon Mack, which was a Booker Prize finalist and a Richard & Judy book club pick, and has sold more than 250,000 copies in the UK; and his most recent novel, And the Land Lay Still, winner of the Saltire Prize.






Author Residence: Angus, Scotland
 
Published March 22, 2007 by Penguin Books. 400 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s true that this Devil is refreshingly free of romance, but Robertson’s real innovation is Gideon: He’s a thoroughly compelling and honestly complex character, someone who’s utterly candid about his vocational fraudulence but only fitfully aware of how dishonesty and fear rule the other aspect...

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The Guardian

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The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson 400pp, Hamish Hamilton, £17.99 In James Robertson's latest novel, the protagonist, Gideon Mack, is a Church of Scotland minister in the north-east town of Monimaskit who has been found dead on a mountain, apparently by his own hand.

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Publishers Weekly

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Robertson offers in his absorbing American debut (two novels have been published in the U.K.) the cleverly framed autobiography of a Scottish minister who confronts the devil.

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Entertainment Weekly

Gideon Mack, the protagonist of The Testament of Gideon Mack, James Robertson's intense novel, is a small-town Scottish minister who, problematically, does not believe in God.

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The Bookbag

Summary: Gideon Mack's description of the events that lead him from his normal, everyday life to meeting the Devil and what happens afterwards.

Nov 28 2012 | Read Full Review of The Testament of Gideon Mack

PopMatters

The same being apparently presented Gideon’s father, whom he had known in the past, with the copy Gideon found in his father’s library, and retained, of the account of account of native Scottish supernatural creatures, published by Robert Kirk’s some centuries back, a work sometimes claimed not o...

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