The Gospel of the Knife [NOOK Book]

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Christopher Nix is 14 years old, and it's 1969. His life is a turbulent echo of the times as he discovers sex, drugs and rock 'n roll in the heart of Florida. But into this struggle between the young long-haired hippie and the rednecks who'd just as soon kill him comes a strange offer that will completely change his life. The Nix family is contacted by a mysterious benefactor who wants to send Chris to an exclusive private school, no expense spared. Mr. Jay Dumont claims that ...
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The Gospel of the Knife

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Overview

Christopher Nix is 14 years old, and it's 1969. His life is a turbulent echo of the times as he discovers sex, drugs and rock 'n roll in the heart of Florida. But into this struggle between the young long-haired hippie and the rednecks who'd just as soon kill him comes a strange offer that will completely change his life. The Nix family is contacted by a mysterious benefactor who wants to send Chris to an exclusive private school, no expense spared. Mr. Jay Dumont claims that Chris's grandfather saved his life.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Jackie Cassada
Christopher Nix, a 14-year-old boy in 1969, meets a man who gives him a "gift," then disappears without actually giving him anything. Days later, a mysterious benefactor pays for Chris to attend an exclusive academy and makes him his adopted son and heir to the family's supernatural powers. As Chris tries to make sense of what has just happened, he faces a moral and spiritual crisis that ultimately leads to an understanding of who he really is. Shetterly's (Dogland) compelling coming-of-age-stor
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016486697
  • Publisher: CatYelling
  • Publication date: 4/6/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,067,532
  • File size: 577 KB

Meet the Author

Will Shetterly is the author of Dogland, Elsewhere, and other books.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    This is a strong character driven fantasy

    In 1969 in Florida, teenager Christopher Nix adopts the look of the hippies. The fourteen year old is attracted to free love and getting high. However, by doing so, he becomes a target of the intolerant who sees anything different as bad.---------------- Shockingly, an affluent person Jay Dupont offers to pay for Christopher to attend an exclusive private school because he feels a debt owed to their late grandfather Uvdall who he insists saved his life during World War I. The Nix family has never heard of the incident or Mr. Dupont, but the stranger¿s offer is too good to refuse even as they question the validity of his seemingly altruistic motive.---------------- Au contraire to the simple straightforward sort of mystery described above, this is a complex difficult tale to read as there are deep hidden layers in which everyone has masks (Will¿s being that of a rookie hippie) and much of the action and relationships come across in the second person. That point of view actually enhances the conflicting doubts and euphoria felt by the parents as well as the coming of age subplot re Will on an internal journey deep inside his soul learning of the ¿Powers¿ his family and he possess and the related ethics of using and potentially abusing them. This is a strong character driven fantasy that fans of Will Shetterly will enjoy just add extra time to read it as THE GOSPEL OF THE NIGHT is complicated with its astute look morality especially religious principles of good and bad.--------------------- Harriet Klausner

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