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It saddens me that it is not one of his better known titles.

Gore Vidal’s “Messiah”

In new editions of cavist scriptures his name is eradicated not withstanding that he was the one to author the original scriptures. As Iris notes, “There’s something in oneself which stirs and comes alive at his touch, through his agency. Vidal, so you might want to take this as less of a review than an encomium. Only expressed more concisely, more poetically, and—dare I say it? From his long-time hiding-place in provincial Egypt, Eugene Luther tells the story of John Cave, a former Californian undertaker, his rise to power and the subsequent global impact of his new religion.

Messiah by Gore Vidal

Does it not negate the life affirming Christianity born of the Enlightenment and in its returning transcend to a new form of gor affirming Christianity? On a visit to California, he first hears Cave speak at a small gathering, and somewhat “against his will” Luther realizes that he was totally absorbed.

Sep 04, Tina rated it it was amazing. He eventually discovers that his name was removed from the Cavist Scriptures which he had himself composed.

Himmler is evident became the First Apostle of the ‘Cavite’ Church and press agent of the new American prophet, so that money starts to flow and the right connections are made? But reading what he has to say about is pretty painless and at least mildly amusing.


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About his 2nd book published in when he was 23 years old, “The City and the Pillar” was centered on homosexualityVidal stated that he thought everyone was bisexual.

His death is sold as the ideal of cavism. Of course the metaphor lies in the fact such religions are more concerned with what happens after death, than they focus on the rewards of life here and now.

He is also in love with Iris, Cave’s equivalent of Mary Magdalene and one of the first-ranking members of the Church. Gore Vidal’s Messiah provides an enthralling experience messiag requires one nessiah dismantle much of our innate human conditioning to comprehend in its entirety.

Messiah is a fantastically engaging and smart novel, and had me contemplating A brilliant and oddly prescient satire. The book’s final third is pretty invig I didn’t expect this to be a partially dystopian novel but, as it turns out, the solid structural logic of how the events unfold made vida a rather depressing read at times, simply because it rang so true. Eventually, Cavism is successful in completely displacing and exterminating Christianity, even to the extent of all Gothic Cathedrals being systematically blown up and destroyed in order to erase any memory of it.

May 13, Stuart rated it liked it. Yet as a whole, Messiah is not a very effective novel. Later followers come to glorify death, and even enforce it on other members.

It is clearly meant as a parallel history and explanation of the rise of Christianity from an atheist’s point of view. I remain unconvinced—by the premise, by the story.


This is one of those books that should be read twice. His Empire chronicles with Burr and Lincoln et cetera most definitely are good informative books I am about three quarters through Burr but they aren’t exactly “riveting” or “fun” but rather educational.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. John CaveEugene Luther. I viral no effort in Messiah to explain why this faculty, for seeing things that are not there, is dominant in human beings, only a bitter recognition of its sway and of its dark consequences. That aside, there is much to recommend this imaginative take on the cult of religion and how we view life and death – not least the cynical Clarissa is she really years old?

Published January 1st by Penguin Classics first published Sane, rational people, contemptuous of organised religions. A tightly-knit organization, operating mexsiah a marketing company, soon forms around John Cave.

And, dulcis in fundo: Characters are for the most part only sketched, but I enjoyed listening to Clarissa, who like Salome in True Blood, claimed to be very old indeed and had seen it all.

Having the heretic take refuge in Egypt is something that as it happens works very well ingiven the evolution of events there. I didn’t expect this to be a partially dystopian novel but, as it turns out, the solid structural logic of nessiah the events unfold made it a rather depressing read at times, simply because it rang so true.