Framed by short anecdotes relating to Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone, Albom’s story unfolds in reportorial-style sketches, right up to a double-twist conclusion. A sentimental meditation on "[w]hat is false about hope?"
O'Reilly and Dugard have swallowed hook, line and sinker the gospel writers' antipathy to the Pharisees. They seem unaware that in Jesus's time the Pharisees were in fact a newish, radicalising group, trying to wrest control of the Jewish religion from the stranglehold of the Sadducees...
...while he whets readers’ appetites, he rarely sates them...he clears the table to make room for a promised second course. Hopefully that one will be more satisfying.
In an effort as ambitious as it is (probably) impossible, former Vice editor Gollner (The Fruit Hunters) embarks on an epic quest to understand the nature of immortality.
...a character who comes across as completely self-absorbed and selfish. Thoroughly disenchanting: Powers' admirers would do better to reread his stories or novels.
There is an odd intemperance about the tone of this book, with vociferous assertion often replacing argument.
...Solnit subtly touches on subject ranging from Guevara’s contact with leprosy patients as he traveled around Latin America in the 1950s to the reach of Buddhism to Icelandic history, to her own health crisis—and all in her enormously fluid style.
Fortunately, treating readers to a sermon on Russia's dysfunctionality is only part of what Bullough has in mind. The homily is accompanied by an exemplum: an account of the life of Father Dmitry Dudko...Orthodox priest of the 1960s and 1970s
...the collection demands close attention and rereading, but, thankfully, the essays offer generous rewards too.
...the author pours a fervent message about love and reconciliation into a novel that makes the lesson of hope go down much more easily than it would via sermon.
The suspense builds as the action races to a spectacular conclusion...
Wright doesn't go out of his way to exaggerate the excesses of Scientology; each page delivers startling facts that need no elaboration. A patient, wholly compelling investigation into a paranoid “religion” and the faithful held in its sweaty grip.
This is a thriller of dark subterranean complexity, rather like a rare, vintage red wine.
For an afternoon's entertainment, and one that might excite your interest to further reading on one of history's best-known controversies, I heartily recommend it.
...an easy, fun read that poses some serious questions.
A pocket-sized pick-me-up for fans and dreamers.
Even to those who think themselves familiar with these texts, every page of "Jesus of Nazareth" will present some pearl of great value.
It will be one of the most profound books of fiction that you will ever read, simply because the truths within it are affirming, revelatory, and have the potential to be life changing.
It reads like it needed longer gestation or one more rewrite to go from casual-casual to casual-polished, but anybody who gets it as a holiday gift will likely just say, “Thanks. Wow.”
“The Testament of Mary,” Colm Toibin’s haunting, austere and deeply affecting book written in the voice of a figure who has gone largely voiceless (if hardly imageless) throughout the history of Christianity...