Gore Vidal (–) was born Eugene Luther Vidal, later adopting the surname of his grandfather, Senator Thomas Gore, as his first name. Well known as a. MESSIAH: A Novel. [Gore. Vidal] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Messiah [Gore Vidal, Elizabeth A. Lynn] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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Vidal’s storytelling gifts are considerable, and I’m tempted to give four stars just for the superbly executed climax. When the last superstitions are thrown out and we meet death with the same equanimity as life. As we can expect, Eugene eventually becomes disillusioned with the doctrine he gidal create, following the implementation of assisted suicide in the cult’s ‘Cavite Centers.

Tengo sensaciones encontradas porque desde un inicio el libro no me estaba gustando. Vidal was not the first to make most of the points he wants to make vical society and religion, and he definitely wasn’t the last. Jan 19, Riley rated it really liked it.

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It grows all over the world and even overtakes the big three religions in its followers and adherents. Jan 29, K. Nov 03, Nancy Oakes rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sadly, it’s nowhere near as emotionally compelling as its subject matter would lead you to believe it would be.


So after 2 novels by Vidal i can decide that, I’ll read more by him just to enjoy myself not expecting any thing more.

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That’s my final word. A tightly-knit organization, operating as a marketing company, soon forms around John Cave. Eugene Luther’s unwitting and significant role as one of the founding Cavites begins with a writing assignment and dogs him throughout his life as he witnesses the ushering in of the Cavite era which ultimately invades every world government. Messiah is a fantastically engaging and smart novel, and had me contemplating its characters and story long after I closed its covers.

It’s a dystopia for sure. If Gor recall correctly, Vidal was a controversial “talking head” on ‘s TV and his political aspirations were negatively impacted by his novels.

Gore Vidal’s “Messiah”

May 13, Stuart rated it liked it. Through his essays and media appearances, Vidal was a long time critic of American foreign policy. Is it science fiction, urban fantasy, a social or a satirical novel? Himmel is too ambitious to be second in command, though: Unfortunately empirical historical facts cannot be dispensed with by appeals to a priori principles; you cannot beg the question, you must prove what you assert and, alas, the evidence is against you.

Sep 25, Bethia rated it it was amazing Shelves: The success story is told in retrospect by Eugene Luther, the writer. That conviction, coming on him with the force of revelation, prompts the young man to share his realization with others.


No trivia or quizzes yet. I found it a quick, interesting read, not something of great depth or brilliant writing, but intriguing.

He’s able to put them under his spell by the power of his calm speech and his presence. Still, the book is worth reading for its mordant wit and its delicate balance between satire and genuine, heart-rending drama. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Vidal, so you might want to take this as less of a review than an encomium. It’s easy to imagine the narrator lazing about a tourist hotel in Luxor. While the mmessiah wit and deadpan snark that characterize Vidal’s writing are present in Messiah, a bleak and ominous tone dominates the novel, befitting its narrative. Things really start to get out of hand, however, when the notion of “voluntary death” creeps into the doctrine and the world’s population is invited vixal depart from life in “pleasant establishments”.