The Liars’ Gospel by Naomi Alderman

15790915I received an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Liars’ Gospel is a fictional retelling of the story of Jesus (Yehoshuah).  A book many has labelled controversial and I can indeed say that it is.  I think that when you choose religion as your topic, you will find mixed reactions towards your book. Some people will like it and others won’t and this is evident when you look at the ratings on Goodreads, because you will find as many 1 star ratings as there are 5 or 4 star ratings.

The story is set in the first century and is being told from different view points. I find the book challenging and probably (thought) provoking too.  I didn’t finish this book, and because of that I cannot provide you with a review of the book, but I will give you my reasons for not finishing it.  Knowing that this book was controversial, I tried to keep an open mind when about 12% into the book Jesus (Yehoshuah) apparently strikes his father. I was like “What!? This is wrong”, but I carried on reading, because the writing is good, despite me having qualms with the content.  I stopped reading the book halfway after the part about Iehuda (who is Judas I believe) “f-king some wh*re” and I thought I just cant finish this book. It was just too much for me and I felt uncomfortable reading it.  There is a lot of profanity used in this book, which I believe is not in line with the setting. I doubt that people in the biblical times spoke like that, but it’s just my opinion.

Now I can hardly call this book blasphemous, as I have not finished reading it and do not know what happens in the second half of the book.  This book, I believe, is either a hate or love and I do not love this book.  I wouldn’t recommend reading it, but if you are curious about this book then do pick it up if you aren’t sensitive to the topic.  If you would like to read Jesus’ story I suggest you read the Bible (but only if you are Christian, I wouldn’t dream of suggesting you read the Bible if you are not)

Have you read this book? If so, did you like it and what happens in the other half?

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