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Top 40 Book Club : 2011
6 7 ‘ .. .what would happen if Jesus had a twin brother? . . . ThE good man jEsus and ThE scoundrEl chrisT // Philip Pullman Philip Pullman has re-imagined the most famous of the gospel stories. What would happen if Jesus had a twin brother named Christ? In Pullman’s version Jesus, the first born, is calm and strong. The second born, Christ, is introspective, sickly and Mary’s favourite. The representation of Jesus is familiar; he travels giving moral lectures to ever-increasing crowds. Christ is the retreating observer, busy taking accounts of Jesus’ sermons and activities. Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, is a master storyteller, and in this reworking he powerfully illustrates how even the best known stories can get out of hand. F