Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Controversial Book Review: Miguel Santana's "The Marién Revelation"

Mexican author Miguel Santana's third novel "The Marién Revelation" is sure to be among the most talked about in the coming months. has already ranked it among the 100 most anticipated novels of 2010.  I doubt since Salman Rushdie's "Satanic Verses" or Nikos Kazantzakis' "The Last Temptation of Christ"  (or the 1988 Scorcese film of the same name) has a book courted such controversy.  Below is a a video trailer & review for the book...sounds interesting!  To learn more about the book or author Miguel Santana, click here.

Theodore Jennings

Chicago Theological Seminary and Author of The Man Jesus Loved

The Marién Revelation carried me along in a rush so that I finished it in one day … While focusing on the interwoven stories of Mary the mother of Jesus and Marién, a very modern Mexican American woman, Santana depicts Jesus as the lover of the male “Beloved”, whose portrait is indebted the Gospel of Mark.  The novel is an intricately woven tapestry of ancient wisdom (heavily drawn from the Bible as well as Egyptian and Greek sources), of throbbing sexuality, and of spiritual desolation and exhilaration. The book is bursting with energy and inventiveness.
I very much enjoyed reading the book.  There are a number of very memorable moments in the text and I very much liked the daring splicing of temporal zones. The rhythm of narration was almost like flamenco. It is also quite an accomplishment to make women characters come so vividly to life.
I was engrossed in the book, and extend my appreciation for a remarkable work of art.”

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