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Brimming with wit and humor Lazarus Is Dead transcends genres as it recounts the story of a great friendship lost and re found In the gospels Jesus is described as having only one friend and when this friend dies Jesus does something that he does nowhere else in the Bible He weeps Novelist Richard Beard begins here Mixing Biblical sources historical detail fascinating references to music art and writers as d. At a gala performance of Jesus Christ Superstar comedienne Victoria Wood was asked what she thought of the show It s very sad she said he dies in the end you know Here it is Jesus s friend Lazarus who dies not at the end but in the middle Then comes back to life again thanks to his childhood friend We are presented with episodes from the childhood of Lazarus and Jesus speculations about those formative years together and the different paths their lives subseuently followed Among all the people Jesus knows and all the people Jesus meets Lazarus is uniue in the Christian New Testament Not in coming back from the dead there were others but in being named as Jesus s friend Jesus has disciples some of whom he loves but Lazarus is his only recorded friend And famously unforgettably in the shortest verse of the bible Lazarus can make Jesus weepAs you can see much of this novel reads like non fiction The author as narrator attempts to piece together the life and death and life again story of Lazarus and his connection to Jesus from the few clues to be found in the Bible A kind of literary archaeobiography biblioarchaeology setting out to answer uestions like what did Lazarus die of He lives with his sisters who are unaffected so whatever he has cannot be infectious for example Lazarus has eight months to live That much we know but smallpox would have killed him uicker than that His rash at this stage must therefore be scabies caused by parasitic mites beneath the skin The mite Sarcoptes scabiei clusters on bedding clothing and other household objects Impregnated female mites wait for contact with human skin then seek out the folds of the body They make a home in the softness between fingers and toes inside the elbow or behind the knee between the buttocks or in the red heat of the groin They start tunnellingBeard switches between this forensic analysis and speculative historical fiction in the way of a highbrow television docudrama Reconstructing history while deconstructing the barrier between fiction and non fiction Leaving us to wonder how much of history is as speculative as fiction anyway Where is the line between reality and imagination Can we ever knowLazarus is Dead does not have the sweltering atmosphere of Jim Crace s uarantine but it is a fascinating and compelling read A fictional biography of someone who didn t exist and then did and then didn t and then did again and thenwhat

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To learn a trade and ultimately to find his calling in an unprecedented mix of spirituality and revolutionary zeal Lazarus Is Dead is set during the final period in each man’s life or to be precise each man’s first life Both know the end is near and though they’re loath to admit it they long for reconciliation For that to happen they will need to find reasons to believe in each other before time runs o. I found this book to be very intriguing We all well those of us raised in a Christian tradition know the story of Lazarus raised from the dead by Jesus and his sisters practical Martha and faithful Mary But that story is not much than a skeleton missing a before an after and a lot if what s going on around it That s what author Richard Beard tries to flesh out in this book the story around Lazarus resurrectionPart historical fiction and part literary and other arts review Beard creates a story about Lazarus and his childhood friend Jesus destined to become the Messiah and what led to their separation This background story is woven through the narrative of Lazarus first last year and the first week of his second first year which also happens to be Jesus first last week Interspersed through this story are references to Biblical passages works of literature and works of art that reference Lazarus and the events of the time Beard uses these to support the narrative he has created for the life of Lazarus It s structurally well put together and moves easily nearly seamlessly at times from literature reference to story and back againThe first thing I noticed opening the book was that it starts at chapter 7 section 7 Um what Looking at the table of contents I realized the chapter and section headings are a countdown to Lazarus death after which point the chapter and section numbers begin to count up Clever play thereI found the book a uick and enjoyable read If anything I was a little unsatisfied with the rather indecisive ending but it is reflective of Beard s research which states that we really have no idea of what happened to Lazarus after Jesus own death and resurrection There is enough closure however to feel contented upon closing the book

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Iverse as Kahlil Gibran and Norman Mailor and abundant reserves of creative invention Beard gives us his astonishing and amusing take on the greatest story ever told about second chances As children Lazarus and Jesus were thick as thieves But following a mysterious event their friendship dwindled in early adulthood One man struck out and became a flamboyant and successful businessman the other stayed behind. One of the most uniue books I have read in a long long timeBeard examines the story of Lazarus through a novel inherently a work of fiction yet he weaves historical asides throughout the book that paint an even compelling almost convincing picture of this man who was said to be Jesus only friend Lazarus is presented to us as both a character in a story and a man who was once alive on this earth someone who is intimately knowable through Beard s imagination but also inherently unknowable because so few records of his life are available to usAs someone who was raised Presbyterian and attended Catholic grade school I always saw Lazarus as just one of Jesus miracles He was just another chapter in the life of Jesus no or less important than the other chapters we learned about And yet Beard raises and answers in his own creative way uestions that never occurred to me why did Jesus choose to raise Lazarus of all people from the dead Why was Lazarus dead in the first place And what happened to Lazarus after he was brought back How could any of us live our lives again after coming back to life


9 thoughts on “Lazarus is Dead

  1. says:

    This review has been revised and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud

  2. says:

    At a gala performance of Jesus Christ Superstar comedienne Victoria Wood was asked what she thought of the show It's very sad she said he dies in the end you know Here it is Jesus's friend Lazarus who dies not at the end but in the middle Then comes back to life again thanks to his childhood friend We are presented with

  3. says:

    In this peculiar novel cum biography Beard attempts to piece together everything that has ever been said written and thought about the biblical character of Lazarus The best sections have Beard ferreting out the many diseases from which Lazarus may have been suffering and imagining what his stench – both in life and in death – must have been like “He stinketh” as the Book of John pithily puts itAlongside these

  4. says:

    One of the most uniue books I have read in a long long timeBeard examines the story of Lazarus through a novel inherently a work of fiction yet he weaves historical asides throughout the book that paint an even compelling almost convincing picture of this man who was said to be Jesus' only friend Lazarus is presented to us as both a character in a story and a man who was once alive on this earth someone who is intimately knowab

  5. says:

    Full Disclosure I won this as an ARC copy from the Goodreads giveaway I was pretty excited to have won this one generally I'm thrilled to win a

  6. says:

    Citing gospels art archaeology and Roman historians amongst other sources Richard Beard attempts to get to the heart of who Lazarus really was what his life might have been like why he died why he was brought back to life and what might have happened to him after the events described in John’s GospelWritten in an odd style part novel part history textbook that took me a while to get into Lazarus is Dead is a

  7. says:

    I found this book to be very intriguing We all well those of us raised in a Christian tradition know the story of

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    Lazarus is Dead is one weird little book You can tell this when you open it and it starts at chapter 7 The chapters count down to zero which is where Lazarus is raised from the dead and then count back up again to 7 The basic story

  9. says:

    I won this book through the Goodreads First Read programI entered the giveaway because I was looking for something different and this book certainly ualified In fact there were times I was sitting there thinking that this tale was just completely bizarre but in a good wayBeard doesn't have much to work on of th

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