Publisher's Weekly
Klavan's imaginative reconstruction of the life and death of Jesus is a sporadically interesting failure. His Jesus is born naturally and promptly circumcised; he dislikes his bullying older brother, gets bored with the family workshop and discovers his true calling almost by accident. A restless man of wisdom, he spreads enlightenment by his presence. The Nazarene's story is narrated through alternating, quasi-apocryphal gospels that affect an almost Biblical diction. Jesus's inner turmoil, his doubts and visions are telegraphed through lyrical poems that don't mesh with the novelistic framework. Judas, a smooth-talking conniver, has ecstatic sex with Mary Magdalene; later he repents his lethal betrayal of his friend Jesus and commits suicide. Mary Magdalene's bawdy running monologue functions as a Greek chorus of sorts, strewn with four-letter words and Joycean erotic fantasies that seem merely gratuitous. Klavan is a novelist ( Darling Clementine ) and a mystery writer under the pseudonyms Keith Peterson and Margaret Tracy.



Used availability for Andrew Klavan's Son of Man

Hardback Editions

December 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: Son of Man
Author(s): Andrew Klavan
ISBN: 0-932966-86-1 / 978-0-932966-86-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Permanent Pr Pub Co
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Kindle Editions

October 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Son of Man
Author(s): Andrew Klavan
Publisher: The Permanent Press
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