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Joseph

Joseph

11.95

by John MacKenna

The tale of a small-time builder in a small-time town, and his relationship with the charismatic figure he had treated as a son, Joseph humanises an often-overlooked Biblical character, and renders his story one for all time.

Trade Paperback | 140pp | 9781848403833 | 24 Oktober 2014

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'It's been forty years, and memory is the most unreliable of companions, so I can only offer these recollections with the proviso that you take them as the only truth I can call to mind. They're my truth...' When his 'young fellow' becomes involved in political agitation, and his own marriage begins to fall apart, Joseph of Nazareth must find a way to nurture hope. The tale of a small-time builder in a small-time town, and his relationship with the charismatic figure he had treated as a son, Joseph humanises an often-overlooked Biblical character, and renders his story one for all time.

Reviews

A deftly written and absorbing reimagining of the biblical story...John MacKenna’s take on Joseph is bracingly iconoclastic, too, in its own unassuming fashion.
— Irish Independent
A quiet tale of a quiet man, yet moving because Joseph is so well realised as an ordinary person put through extraordinary suffering. John MacKenna’s book is well crafted, with an unwavering point of view, believable characters and clearly evoked settings.
— The Irish Times