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The Damascus Road: A Novel of Saint Paul by [Jay Parini]

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"Passionate. . .There is an undeniable thrill in picturing these men making up rules on the fly that will not only define Christianity but shape the world as we know it today."
--The Wall Street Journal 

"St. Paul is one of the most controversial characters in history. Did he ruin the simple message of Jesus? Or was he the person mainly responsible for transforming that message into a universal faith? What was he really trying to do? Of all the many books I have read about this “Apostle to the Gentiles,” Parini’s was the most helpful by far. Its premise is that we cannot understand Paul’s thought without knowing something about his life and times. Parini gives us both of these in splendidly readable biographical form. He made Paul live for me."
--Harvey Cox, Hollis Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Harvard University

"Fantastic. . .Parini has produced a stellar novel that humanizes the Christian message and its messengers." 
--Publishers Weekly, starred review 

"Jay Parini has found his own uniquely potent way of remaking the historical novel. He digs into the layers of history, into so-called real characters. They become more real in his work, hyperreal, parts of our own conflicted souls." 
--Gore Vidal 

"Parini enlivens a narrative familiar to many with fine scenes and writerly touches. . .An exceptional character study."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Jay Parini has written a blockbuster destined to become a classic. A thrilling story of spirituality in the midst of fire and torture, a page-turner that takes the reader from the gutter to the heavens. . .A book for our time and our transcendent times to come." 
--
Erica Jong 

"Sweeping in scope, yet as intimate as a breath. . .Few [stories] are written with the intense detail and keen insight that Parini provides. . .The beauty of [Parini's] language is everywhere. . .A deeply intimate portrait... Earthy and transcendent."
--Booklist 
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

JAY PARINI is a poet, novelist, and biographer who teaches at Middlebury College. His six books of poetry include New and Collected Poems, 1975-2015. He has written eight novels, including Benjamin's Crossing, The Apprentice Lover, The Passages of H.M., and The Last Station, the last made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. His biographical subjects include John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, William Faulkner, and, most recently, Gore Vidal. His nonfiction works include Jesus: The Human Face of God, Why Poetry Matters, and Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07FS1MVPB
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Anchor (April 2 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2569 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 353 pages
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George Cotkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Apostle Paul, A Man of Many Parts
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2019
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M. L. Asselin
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Written Account of an Underwhelming Paul
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2019
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Scott J Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Paul (and Luke) to Life
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Parini's Best
Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read....Worth You Time and “Purchase”.
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2019
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