mostraligabue
» » Messiah

ePub Messiah download

by GORE VIDAL

ePub Messiah download
Author:
GORE VIDAL
ISBN13:
978-0586037263
ISBN:
0586037268
Language:
Publisher:
Panther Books; New Ed edition (1973)
Category:
Subcategory:
Contemporary
ePub file:
1730 kb
Fb2 file:
1296 kb
Other formats:
lrf mobi mbr lrf
Rating:
4.9
Votes:
203

Messiah is a satirical novel by Gore Vidal, first published in 1954 in the United States by . It is the story of the creation of a new religion, Cavism, which quickly comes to replace the established but failing Christian religion

Messiah is a satirical novel by Gore Vidal, first published in 1954 in the United States by . It is the story of the creation of a new religion, Cavism, which quickly comes to replace the established but failing Christian religion. The novel is written as the memoir of Eugene Luther, one of the first followers of Cavism, founded by John Cave, an American undertaker. Cave teaches, among other things, not to fear death and to actually desire it under certain circumstances.

A deft and daring blend of satire and prophecy first published in 1954, Messiah eerily anticipates the excesses of Jim Jones, David Koresh, and "Do", the guru of Heaven's Gate.

Penguin (1998) SUMMARY: When John Cave, a mortician by trade, appears on television to declare that death is infinitely preferable to life, he sparks a religious movement that quickly leaves Christianity and most of Islam in the dust. Aided by a relentless public-relations campaign and supported by a "theology" whipped into existence by a historian besotted with love for one of Cave's alluring disciples, Cave's message proves irresistible. A deft and daring blend of satire and prophecy first published in 1954, Messiah eerily anticipates the excesses of Jim Jones, David Koresh, and "Do", the guru of Heaven's Gate.

I assumed the book was the work of others, of those anonymous counterfeiters who had created, according to a list of publications on the back of the booklet, a wealth of Cavite doctrine. The conversation with Cave in prison was lofty in tone and seemed to deal with moral problems.

Gore Vidal has it exactly right in Messiah: Religion, and therefore religious politics, are fundamentally literary matters. Eugene Luther (which is actually Gore Vidal's real name) has been living in Egypt for the last fifty years under an assumed name. It is not so much that religion and its politics use literature inappropriately but that they are examples of a very specific genre which arises from time to time, the purpose of which is to create what are essentially tribal bonds.

Like his National Book Award-winning United States, Gore Vidal’s .

Like his National Book Award-winning United States, Gore Vidal’s scintillating ninth collection, The Last Empire, affirms his reputation as our most provocative critic and observer of the modern American scene. When John Cave, a mortician by trade, appears on television to declare that death is infinitely preferable to life, he sparks a religious movement that quickly leaves Christianity and most of Islam in the dust.

Gore Vidal was at the centre of literary and intellectual life for half a century and wrote 'The Narratives of a Golden Age' . I enjoyed Messiah very much. I am a major Gore Vidal fan and have read all of his major novels except Myra Breckinridge and Messiah.

Gore Vidal was at the centre of literary and intellectual life for half a century and wrote 'The Narratives of a Golden Age' series as well as countless bestsellers. He died on 31st July 2012. This book will stay with me for quite a while. Lots to think about here.

I don't mean Detroit, but a memory of home, got from books.

Messiah - Gore Vidal.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Messiah - Gore Vidal. To join our mailing list for new titles or for issues with our books – picklepublishingl. Text originally published in 1953 under the same title.

When a mortician appears on television to declare that death is infinitely preferable to life, he sparks a religious movement that quickly leaves Christianity and most of Islam in the dust. Gore Vidal's deft and daring blend of satire and prophecy, first published in 1954, eerily anticipates the excesses of Jim Jones, David Koresh, and the Heaven's Gate suicide cult.

  • When you consider that Gore Vidal was only 22 years old when he wrote this book, it boggles the mind that one so young could have such a deep understanding of the great philosophical themes : life/death, good/evil, right/wrong.

    I enjoyed Messiah very much. I am a major Gore Vidal fan and have read all of his major novels except Myra Breckinridge and Messiah. This book will stay with me for quite a while. Lots to think about here

  • Gore Vidal is a superb writer. He has a way with words that is evocative and beautiful, and in this short novel he takes satiric aim at religion, as undertaker John Cave (and his followers, including our narrator), manage the formation of a new religion. Cavites gradually become more aggressive and more intrusive. The narrator observes this and has misgivings at the time, but it is his perspective from 50 years in the future, when he is exiled and incognito, that haunts the narrative. Very enjoyable.

  • Of course, Vidal was not such a buffoon as this edition makes it seem. I'd honestly only gift the print version. Some typos were amusing, a couple uninterpretable, but the constant substitution of "wood" for "word" got old. But I still recommend overlooking the publisher's blunder and enjoy this striking, timeless, and prescient tale of an American cult of personality gone mainstream.

  • I have every book by Gore Vidal whose work I adore. This one is right up there with his best work. A nice change from his historic novels.

  • This is the third or fourth time I have read this book. The first time, I was in junior high school and now I am 61. It is just as good now as it was then.

    A great satire that is very prophetic and very scary.

  • Well executed book about the rise of a new religion celebrating death which sweeps the globe. Vidal skewers organized religion and the politics that too often twists virtuous ideas into oppressive dogma, and seemingly rational people into homocidal/suicidal fanatics. Published in 1954, this one remains fresh and all to relevant today.

  • Not a particularly stimulating book; however, a very interesting concept: one that definitely links with over-population. Over-population is, according to a majority of scientists, the #1 significant factor detrimentally affecting our current ecological difficulties and pushing them forward at an ever-increasing rate. It creates many other social difficulties as well: lack of job opportunities, cost of education, social FEAR (Will there be enough for me and mine?). Most interesting, is the way that a movement, political, religious, whatever, progresses. This book promotes, without directly addressing, thought on the concept of one's right to choose a humane death, as compared to a painful or slowly deteriorating exit from this material/physical plane and the concept that more than 2 children per couple is irresponsible, even more so if your financial circumstances are poor. Without a doubt, however, the most provocative point in this book is the developmental stages of a cult/religious/socio-political movement and the promotional attendant forms of social manipulation. The attendant egos/motives of the characters and the symbolic role each character plays stimulates more food for thought.

  • Will make you think about what passes for religous faith.