(Published: Spring 2012)
They Love to Tell the Story: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels
By Kevin Brown
About the Book
The Virgin Mary. Joseph. Peter. Mary Magdalene. Judas Iscariot. Pontius Pilate. Jesus. In They Love to Tell the Story: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels, Kevin Brown examines how Nikos Kazantzakis, Anthony Burgess, Norman Mailer, José Saramago, and Nino Ricci portray each of the major figures from the gospel stories against the backdrop of biblical and legendary lore. The result is a many-textured tapestry of insight and reflection in which Mary encourages her son to lead a normal life; Peter is coarse and rash, loyal and treacherous; Judas might well have understandable motives; and Jesus struggles with the temptations of love and power, revealing a divinity and a humanity vying for expression. By retelling stories people think they know, these five authors challenge their readers to confront assumptions and encourage all of us to ask ourselves why we believe or don’t believe what we might well have long held to be true.
About the Author
Kevin Brown is an Associate Professor at Lee University. He has published articles and essays in PLL: Papers on Language & Literature, South Central Review, The Midwest Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Academe, InsideHigherEd.com, and The Teaching Professor. Brown is the author of Exit Lines (Plain View Press, 2009), Abecedarium (Finishing Line Press, 2011), award-winning chapbook Holy Days: Poems, and a memoir, Another Way: Finding Faith, Then Finding It Again (Wipf and Stock, 2012). His PhD is from the University of Mississippi.
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