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Lazarus is Dead

Riters as diverse 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 beh 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 Obsession take on The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico the greatest story ever Simply Napkins told about second chances As children Lazarus and Jesus were The Unconscious Civilization thick as The Complete Tightwad Gazette thieves But following a mysterious event The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years their friendship dwindled in early adulthood One man struck out and became a flamboyant and successful businessman الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية the other stayed beh One of Writing and Selling Magazine Articles the most uniue books I have read in a long long The Strange Bird timeBeard examines Collected Stories the story of Lazarus Collected Stories through a novel inherently a work of fiction yet he weaves historical asides Cleopatras Daughter throughout Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! the book Settlers that paint an even compelling almost convincing picture of Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, this man who was said The Sphinx to be Jesus only friend Lazarus is presented Tidelands (Fairmile to us as both a character in a story and a man who was once alive on Pretty Lucy Merwyn this earth someone who is intimately knowable Strings through Beard s imagination but also inherently unknowable because so few records of his life are available Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, 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 Catch and Release the life of Jesus no or less important Devils Paw (Imp, than Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, the other chapters we learned about And yet Beard raises and answers in his own creative way uestions All Tied Up that never occurred The Film Snob*s Dictionary to me why did Jesus choose In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie to raise Lazarus of all people from Tea Environments and Plantation Culture the dead Why was Lazarus dead in 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains the first place And what happened Survive by the Team to Lazarus after he was brought back How could any of us live our lives again after coming back Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, to life

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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 Lazarus is PDF or 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 w This review has been revised and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud

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Ind 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 out 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 is the one from the Bible and the author cites Biblical evidence to explain why he told it the way he did He also cites every piece of literature that treats the Lazarus story and I was surprised there were so many Then he invents wildly When Joseph and Mary flee to Egypt they invite their neighbors the Lazarus family to flee with them The two boys are together in Egypt They are together back in Nazareth They did everything together as best buddies until Lazarus s brother drowns and Jesus does not save him The book begins with the boys grown up and somewhat estranged Lazarus follows Jesus career from a distance But every time Jesus performs another miracle Lazarus gets sicker He has not just one disease but seven Is Jesus inflicting sickness on Lazarus on purpose so that he can show off What exactly is the relationship between Jesus and Lazarus Once he is raised from the dead Lazarus has followers of his own and people trying to kill him Could Lazarus be a messiah too I liked the first half of the book best There is a dry wry wit throughout but in the second half there is a heavier note of cynicism to the cleverness Lazarus is world weary and directionless Everyone has an agenda Everyone is using everyone else the priests the Romans the traveling healer the assassin Lazarus s prostitute girlfriend And while they are all plotting Jesus does what Jesus does It was fascinating to take a familiar story and look at it from a different perspective


About the Author: Richard Beard

Richard Beard’s six novels include Lazarus is Dead Dry Bones and Damascus which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year In the UK he has been shortlisted for the BBC Lazarus is PDF or National Short Story Award and longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award His latest novel Acts of the Assassins was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in He is also the author of four books o.



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 episodes from the childhood of Lazarus and Jesus speculations about those formative years to

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    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

  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

  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 book but I really do love Europa as a publisher No they didn't tell me to say that Yes I actually really do think have favourite publishers I'm a librarian guys Lazarus raising from the dead is the last and arguably most famous of Jesus's public miracles resulting in two of the most famous Biblical

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    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 h

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    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

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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 bas

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    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 the four book John Matthew Mark and Luke only John even mentions Lazarus which perhaps asks uestions than it answers Thoug

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