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The Silence of Gethsemane

Michel Benoit (Author)

This is a fictionalised account of the life of Jesus, as he looks back on his ministry waiting to be arrested and taken to his death. It is written by a former monk who is clearly steeped in research and the book is full of quotes from and interpretations of the Gospels. It is a fairly controversial portrayal of Jesus the man and his disciples and I wasn’t sure whether it was the voice of Jesus or that of the author which came through most strongly.


The novel is translated from the French and the style seems slightly stilted. I felt, as I often do with translations, that the translator was getting between me and the original language of the writer. As a Christian I found the book interesting, thought provoking and annoying in equal measure. The narrative never really took flight, showing how difficult it is to write about a character of such historical and spiritual significance.


Book groups with an interest in religion would enjoy the book as long as they accept it is a personal interpretation of the Jesus of the Gospels.

Reviewed by: Rebecca Kershaw - N. Lincs

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Publisher: Alma


Published Date: Thu 05th Apr 2012

Format: Paperback

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