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“The Gospel According to Jesus Christ” by Jose Saramago

I underlined these few sentences from Saramago’s fantastical (and ironical) view of Jesus’ life. This book marks the second time Saramago used his particular narrative style. One might call it peculiar, but only the first five pages. Then you wonder why all books aren’t written this way.

january, 2005

“I’ll bet if we met the devil and he allowed us to open him up, we might be surprised to find God jumping out. Pastor still liked to provoke Jesus with these outrageous remarks. Jesus had gradually learned that the best way to deal with this was ignore it and say nothing. For Pastor might have gone even further, suggesting that on opening up God one might find the devil inside.”

. . .

“Smiling at this renewal of the world, they bare rotten teeth, but it’s the thought that counts.”

– José Saragamo, “The Gospel According to Jesus Christ”


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