Lazarus is Dead

Lazarus is Dead

by Richard Beard

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Like most successful men in their early thirties, Lazarus has plans that don't involve dying. He is busy organizing his sisters, his business, and his women. Life is mostly good until far away in Galilee, without warning, his childhhod best friend Jesus turns water into wine. Immediatley, Lazarus falls ill. And with each subsequent miracle his health deteriorates: a nasty cough develops into an alarming array of afflictions unresponsive to the usual remedies. His sisters think Jesus can help, but the two men haven't spoken for years. Lazarus is willing to try anything to make himself well, anything, that is, except ask Jesus for help.

Lazarus dies. Jesus weeps. Lazarus rises. This part we all know. But Lazarus is about to discover that returning from the dead isn't easy at all.

An ingeniously funny and moving novel that disguises itself as biography, Lazarus Is Dead recounts the story of a great friendship lost and regained. Richard Beard's brand of storytelling unabashedly turns convention on its head as he draws on biblical sources, historical detail, art and contemporary literature to throw a spell over his readers that remains unbroken until the final pages of this astonishing story about second chances.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609458676
Publisher: Europa Editions, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 978,302
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richard Beard is the author of four novels, including Damascus (Arcade, 1999), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Dry Bones (Secker & Warburg, 2004). He has written three works of non-fiction, and is the Director of the National Academy of Writing in London.

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arkgirl1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not all books have you starting conversations with friends and family, even ones you thoroughly enjoy, but this has had me sharing and chatting away because it really made me think. It counts down its chapters through the 7 main miracles in the gospel of John from Cana's 'water to wine' through to Bethany and the resurrection of Lazarus then counts up 7 chapters as the 7 days take us through to the death and resurrection of Jesus. It uses biblical quotes, religious art and documents/histories of the period to build up a real flavour of the time and cleverly extrapolates a story of Lazarus from just a few snippets. As a Christian I had no problem with the jumps and leaps, although not all were ones I found believable, because the joy of this book is that Beard gives us several questions that have you rushing off to explore more: * would Joseph have shared the information from his dream just after the birth of Jesus, where he is told to flee to Egypt, or would he have selfishly neglected to tell anyone? * how did Lazarus die? * how did Lazarus become the only person referred to as a friend of Jesus? These questions, and the answers suggested, made for intriguing and thought-provoking study. The one aspect that slightly disappointed is that from the blurb I was expecting more of the 'after the resurrection' story and felt this aspect was a little curtailed and under-explored but overall a brave step out stylistically that will have me looking out for more by Richard Beard.