Theo's Odyssey by Catherine Clement

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An advanced student who loves computer games and ancient mythology, 14-year-old Theo is diagnosed with a mysterious terminal illness. But instead of withering away in his bedroom or a hospital ward, Theo is sent off to travel the world with his eccentric and enlightened Aunt Martha. Rather than a generic tour of the world's greatest sights, Theo's aunt takes him on a pilgrimage to learn about the world's greatest religions--from Sufism to Islam to Taoism to the Southern Baptist denomination of Protestantism. Clement's rich storytelling guides Theo through an informative and deeply touching journey as he begins to understand others' relationships with God, as well as his own. Beneath the surface, this is a spiritual love story, one in which the love of family, a girlfriend, and God sustains and heals a dying boy. --Gail Hudson

About Catherine Clement

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Cox has always enjoyed drawing and making up characters since childhood. Schwartz has been chairwoman of the British Translator's Association. She ran translation workshops at Goldsmith's College, London University, and teaches on the part-time MA course in translation studies at Middlesex University.
Published January 1, 1989 by Flamingo. 448 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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ClÇment now does for world religions what Jostein Gaarder did for philosophy in the popular Sophie's World (1994): Pack the basics into an informative, thick brochure, weave a story through the ideas, and offer the result as a novel.

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Best known in this country as a Lacanian feminist scholar, Cl mentis is also a fiction writer. Her latest work is a long novel of ideas, best described as a cross between Around the World in Eighty Da

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She and Theo visit the sacred places of the planet--Jerusalem, Cairo, Rome, Benares, Kyoto, Bahia and even, American readers will be amused to learn, New York City (where Theo is instructed in that exotic American faith, Protestantism).

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