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`Dazzling, gritty brilliance. This is a novel of scorching distinction' Sunday Times Under an endless and unforgiving sky, four travellers enter the Judean desert in search of redemption. Instead, amidst the barren rocks, they are met by a dangerous man, Musa, and fall under his dark influence. But there is a fervent, solitary figure also sharing their landscape, denying the temptations of his neighbours, and, ultimately, the needs of his own body. So begin forty days and nights in one of the most inhospitable terrains on earth. `One of the finest novels I've read in years' The Times `Completely captivating' Literary Review `Absolutely compelling' Observer `Stunning. A writer of hallucinatory skill' John UpdikeUnder an endless and unforgiving sky, four travellers enter the Judean desert in search of redemption. Instead, amidst the barren rocks, they are met by a dangerous man, Musa, and fall under his dark influence. But there is a fervent, solitary figure also sharing their landscape, denying the temptations of his neighbours, and, ultimately, the needs of his own body. So begin forty days and nights in one of the most unhospitable terrains on earth.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 01/03/2010 ISBN-13: 9780330516808  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jim Crace has enjoyed great success in both Britain and United States and his work is widely translated. He is the prize-winning author of nine previous books, including Continent (winner of the 1986 Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize), Quarantine (winner of the 1998 Whitbread Novel of the Year and shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Being Dead (winner of the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award). He lives in Birmingham.

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This was our Book Club choice for last month and it received our best rating over a ten month period. We found the theme disturbing where a group of individuals find themselves sharing wilderness depravation of all comfort in an effort to emerge cleansed and refreshed from their individual life burdens. The key character, Musa, is a cruel and manipulative bully who tries to get each person under his control. The most naive and innocent member of the group resists all temptations thrown at him. The theme closely resembles the fight in christanity between good and evil which one member of our group found distastful but it certainly leant itself to an unusual and intriguing plot. The women in the story successfully unite against Musa's bullying so good prevails. The story is so well written that you can feel their discomfort and their temptations and identify with each character as they fight against Musa as well as against their personal torments. Our group scored this book as 4 star and thoroughly recommend it.

- 20/08/2013
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