Michael Arditti's magnificent novel is both a devastating portrait of today's Church of England and an audacious reworking of the central myth of Western culture. Winner of the Mardi Gras & Waterstone's Book Award 2000
|Publisher:||Arcadia Books Ltd|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Michael Arditti is a novelist, short story writer and critic. His novels are The Celibate (1993), Pagan and her Parents - Pagan’s Father in the USA (1996), Easter (2000), Unity (2005), A Sea Change (2006), The Enemy of the Good (2009), Jubilate (2011) and The Breath of Night (2013). His short story collection, Good Clean Fun was published in 2004. He was awarded a Harold Hyam Wingate scholarship in 2000, a Royal Literary Fund fellowship in 2001, an Oppenheim-John Downes memorial award in 2003, and Arts Council awards in 2004 and 2007. He was the Leverhulme artist in residence at the Freud museum in 2008. His novels have been short- and long-listed for several literary awards and Easter won the inaugural Waterstone’s Mardi Gras award. In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary DLitt by the University of Chester
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An exploration of faith and organised religion told via the stories of a couple of dozen people linked in some way to the parish of an Anglican church in Hampstead with healthy dose of HIV added in. The first fifty pages are the best start to a book I have ever read. The rest of the novel might not keep up that amazing standard but it doesn't lose sight of it. Wonderful book.
A thought-provoking read for believers and non-believers alike, Arditti has written a devastating portrait of the Church of England today, exploring the nature of God, the existance of evil and the problem of suffering. Taking the form of a triptych the story covers Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Easter Day within one inner London parish, and the events which tear apart the lives of the clergy and parishioners in a latter-day Passion story.
The easter story told in a totally different way with a bit of satire on the Church of England thrown in.I can only say read it!
If I were still a believer, I think I would have enjoyed this book a great deal. As a non-believer I just found all the doubt and mysterious workings of God ponderous and dull. The characters and situations were interesting though.