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Het koninkrijk by Emmanuel Carrère
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"A sweeping fictional account of the early Christians, whose unlikely beliefs conquered the world. Gripped by the tale of a Messiah whose blood we drink and body we eat, the genre-defying author Emmanuel Carrère revisits the story of the early Church in his latest work. With an idiosyncratic and at times iconoclastic take on the charms and foibles of the Church fathers, Carrère ferries readers through his "doors" into the biblical narrative. Once inside, he follows the ragtag group of early Christians through the tumultuous days of the faith's founding. Shouldering biblical scholarship like a camcorder, Carrère re-creates the climate of the New Testament with the acumen of a seasoned storyteller, intertwining his own account of reckoning with the central tenets of the faith with the lives of the first Christians. Carrère puts himself in the shoes of Saint Paul and above all Saint Luke, charting Luke's encounter with the marginal Jewish sect that eventually became Christianity, and retracing his investigation of its founder, an obscure religious freak who died under notorious circumstances. Boldly blending scholarship with speculation, memoir with journalistic muckraking, Carrère sets out on a headlong chase through the latter part of the Bible, drawing out protagonists who believed they were caught up in the most important events of their time. An expansive and clever meditation on belief, The Kingdom chronicles the advent of a religion, and the ongoing quest to find a place within it."--… (more)
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Title:Het koninkrijk
Authors:Emmanuel Carrère
Other authors:Katelijne De Vuyst, Katrien Vandenberghe
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I read this too long ago to review properly; what I mostly remember, at this remove, is that Carrere seems like the sort of person I'd run away from at a bar--unable, or unwilling, to see that there's no difference between his past, self-satisfied Catholicism, and his present, self-satisfied, well, bourgeoisdom. I was expecting to really like the thing, since I'm interested in the bible, and in conversion stories, and in world-weary scepticism, but I suspect that you'd just have to be much, much more something to really pull it off, and Carrere doesn't seem interested in being anything much, other than unreflectingly rich and successful.

Basically, if someone writes about their holiday home(s) in their fiction, I no longer care about what else they write. My knee is jerking. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
What is the Kingdom? What place does it have both in the Bible, and in the Christian tradition? And for that matter, who wrote the New Testament, why, and how? Emmanuel Carrere, for a time a most devout individual who returned to agnosticism, examines all of this and more in this unusual, engrossing book that mixes fact and fiction, biblical history and personal anecdote; it is, quite simply, unlike anything I have ever read. Marvelous. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Mar 28, 2020 |
An interesting combination of personal memoir and history of the early church as seen through the figure of Luke, a portrait that is part history, part literary, and part fictional. It’s an intriguing book that fails to cohere into a satisfactory whole. Nevertheless, it's well worth reading for its unique approach to a little- discussed phase of Christianity. ( )
  le.vert.galant | Nov 19, 2019 |
I really don't know what to make of this book. I decided to read it after the reviewers on the New York Times Book Review pod cast couldn't stop talking about Emmanuel Carrere - this book and his others. After three weeks of listening to his name, I decided maybe I should see what all the fuss is about. Still not sure. This is partly a spiritual autobiography of the author; partly a fictionalized account of Paul and the early church; and partly random thoughts on everything from porn to Catholicism. I admit there were parts that I felt were brilliant; the writing is done so well. As a believer who has heard many scripture readings, I am fairly familiar with the works of Paul; however, I must admit that the author was able to put a slant on some issues that were extremely interesting. I got out my Bible. However, there is just too much to digest in this book. If one wanted to read it fully, it would take forever as I think the reader would have to go slow to digest. I bought this as a Kindle; almost wish I had the hard copy to make notations.

Carrere was once a devoted Catholic; now he claims to be an agnostic. However, there is much food for thought in his writing about faith, doubt, and the wonder of it all. ( )
  maryreinert | Sep 4, 2017 |
prima parte, autobiografica, un po' gigioneggiante: modesta.
Seconda parte esegetico-romazesca: magnifica
Ultima parte un po' a la Froissard ma perdonabile.

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  icaro. | Aug 31, 2017 |
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"A sweeping fictional account of the early Christians, whose unlikely beliefs conquered the world. Gripped by the tale of a Messiah whose blood we drink and body we eat, the genre-defying author Emmanuel Carrère revisits the story of the early Church in his latest work. With an idiosyncratic and at times iconoclastic take on the charms and foibles of the Church fathers, Carrère ferries readers through his "doors" into the biblical narrative. Once inside, he follows the ragtag group of early Christians through the tumultuous days of the faith's founding. Shouldering biblical scholarship like a camcorder, Carrère re-creates the climate of the New Testament with the acumen of a seasoned storyteller, intertwining his own account of reckoning with the central tenets of the faith with the lives of the first Christians. Carrère puts himself in the shoes of Saint Paul and above all Saint Luke, charting Luke's encounter with the marginal Jewish sect that eventually became Christianity, and retracing his investigation of its founder, an obscure religious freak who died under notorious circumstances. Boldly blending scholarship with speculation, memoir with journalistic muckraking, Carrère sets out on a headlong chase through the latter part of the Bible, drawing out protagonists who believed they were caught up in the most important events of their time. An expansive and clever meditation on belief, The Kingdom chronicles the advent of a religion, and the ongoing quest to find a place within it."--

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