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 Carrere 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, Carrere 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, Carrere recreates the climate of the New Testament with the acumen of a seasoned storyteller, intertwining his own reckoning of the central tenets of the faith with the lives of the first Christians. Carrere 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, Carrere 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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"An expert narrator can anchor the most meandering of books--as Stefan Rudnicki does with this one. Carrere focuses on the apostles Paul and Luke, neither of whom knew Jesus but who were nonetheless instrumental in shaping the early Christian movement. That's the storyline of this audiobook, but it's also laden with an intricate weave of personal reflection, close dissection of biblical texts, and a good deal of backtracking and second-guessing. Rudnicki's steady pace and confident delivery provide the unifying thread for a narrative that is fascinating but too often unchecked and unedited. As Carrere strips away inconsistencies and probable elaborations, what's left intact is the voice of Jesus--a distinctive and recognizable voice that has survived through the centuries. A provocative book, expertly read, this is a historical reconstruction for believers, and even more so, for nonbelievers. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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