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The Book of Jotham

The Book of Jotham

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Paperback, Pathway Book Service, 2013, ISBN13 9781939627001, ISBN10 1939627001
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THE BOOK OF JOTHAM

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Number of Pages: 64
Original Languages: English
Author: Powers, Arthur
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher: Tuscany Press
ISBN-13: 9781939627001
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.40 x 0.50 x 8.30 Inches
ISBN-10: 1939627001
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Faulkner's best-known novel, The Sound and the Fury, the book that propelled him to the '49 Nobel Prize, purports to be "a tale told by an idiot." A mentally-challenged character, "Benjy," narrates the book's first section. Whatever term we now employ to signal Benjy's affliction, his voice is childlike, detached, and often disorienting. Benjy's narrative is characterized by nonlinearity: events appear in a stream of consciousness. Though some readers find this section difficult to follow, Benjy's perspective offers unbiased penetration into many other characters' true motivations. In Faulkner's inimitable telling, Benjy's specialness gives insight, enabling him to apprehend a deeper, underlying Truth. Compare Quentin, the most intelligent and most tormented Compson. Melancholy Quentin cuts classes at Harvard, wanders Cambridge & contemplates death. Unable to confront or accept reality, Quentin's febrile mind dwells endlessly on the South's post-war squalor. Though brilliant, Quentin succumbs to mortal despair. This inversion of rationalist, Enlightenment values evokes Dostoyevsky's 1880 masterwork, The Brothers Karamazov, wherein the smartest brother, Ivan, is tortured and crippled by existential doubt. In contrast, the simple, unquestioning faith exhibited by the (ostensibly) least-intelligent brother, Alyosha, represents the path to wisdom and salvation. Upon these literary foundations stands The Book of Jotham, a Catholic novella penned in the 1990's which slept unpublished for 23 long years. The story is told from the perspective of Jotham, described as “big as a house, stupid as a donkey.” The novella's title suggests that this book is an imaginary lost gospel -- another testament to complement and enrich the canonical offerings of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. As reviewer Ellen G. Hrkach writes, "What makes this book so unusual is that it’s written in the second person and is a fictional story of [Jotham's] relationship with Jesus and the apostles. The narrative from Jotham’s point of view is filled with sentence fragments and (what appear to be) simple thoughts." Though the book is set during Jesus' life, and not during the Great Depression of the 1930's, Powers' memorable lead character is reminiscent of Lenny from Steinbeck's famous novella Of Mice and Men. Readers fearful of visiting the consciousness of a mentally-challenged narrator may prefer something lighter, whereas bold readers hungering for a new perspective on Christ's miraculous life and teachings may find this remarkable, spiritual work deeply rewarding. Readers of faith should celebrate the belated emergence of this compelling text from its decades-long hibernation.

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