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Resurrection

– tekijä: Tucker Malarkey

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Set in Cairo during the tumultuous aftermath of World War II, Resurrection draws on the actual events surrounding the findings of the lost gospels at Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Gemma Bastian travels from London to Cairo to bury her father. Her investigation into his last project-- an attempt to recover and make public the lost Gnostic Gospels-- raises troubling questions about his death.… (lisätietoja)
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This book really did not live up to my expectations. It has been in my sitting on TBR-shelf for a long time, probably because of the previous opinions about it that I read.
To be honest, I have to say that I used it as a 'bedside table book', so that the trouble I had getting fascinated by the story, I initially blamed on the time of reading. But even when I read at a different time, things didn't really go smoothly.
The romantic storyline could have been deleted as far as I am concerned. I'm generally not a fan of that, but this was really something. Start a relationship with an addict who has mood swings? And if he then commits heroic suicide just move on to his brother, as if they are one and the same? That Anthony Ifound a strange guy.
Anyway, enough about the 'romance'. Much more interesting I would have found a more elaborated story on the Gospels, Gnostics. After reading this book I have the feeling that I have not become much wiser.
And then the thriller part .. Just as half-baked as the romance. Yes, some people are dying, but I never found the book worth the denomination thriller. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | May 15, 2021 |
Growing up in an Irish Catholic family in the 1960s and 70s was an experience steeped in church-every-Sunday, frilly white communion dresses, tiny silver crucifixes on delicate little chains, nuns enveloped in billowing habits, and don’t-you-dare-lean-your-behind-on-the-pew-when-you’re-kneeling instructions from Mom & Dad. I can tell you with much certainty that the Catholic Catechism I used in Sr. Paul Regina’s religion class sure didn’t have anything in it about the Gnostic Gospels.

As I’ve aged, I, like many of my contemporaries, have lost a little faith in the teachings of the Catholic Church. It’s not so much a loss of faith but a real questioning of the things I was taught so many years ago. So I naturally gravitate to books that deal with themes that question the same things I question. In this case, that questioning involves the authority of the four gospels of the New Testament, and the place in history and faith of the Gnostic Gospels, or New Testament apocrypha.

Resurrection is a fictionalized account of the discovery of the Nag Hammadi gospels in post World War II Egypt. Gemma Bastian, our intrepid heroine, is a war-damaged nurse who lived through the Blitz in London which killed her mother and destroyed her home. Shortly after the war ends, her father, a Biblical archaeologist, is found in his Cairo office, dead of an apparent heart attack. Shortly after being informed of his death, Gemma receives a mysterious letter from him that sends her to Cairo on a mission. As she discovers more about her father’s work, it becomes clear that he had discovered something that would rewrite the history of Christianity. The story follows Gemma as she slowly pieces together the last days of her father’s life and culminates in her possession of the Nag Hammadi gospels.

This reminded me very much of early Elizabeth Peters fiction, which owes a lot to the gothic romances so popular in the 1960s and 70s, and which evolved into the inimitable Amelia Peabody series. The three primary characters — Gemma, Michael and Anthony (the two brothers who vie for her attention) are colorful and well drawn, but the real action in the story involves the discovery of the gospels, what they contain, and what happens to them. Malarkey’s story whet my appetite enough that I’m currently reading the scholarly works on the Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels. I realize that my father, who spent the first part of his young adulthood in the seminary, is probably spinning in his grave, but I have to say that what I’m reading is making me re-connect with the basis of my Christian belief. And that’s not a bad thing. ( )
  patriciau | Dec 27, 2018 |
This was a fictional story based loosely on the discovery of the Lost Gospels. After her father dies somewhat unexpectedly & suspiciously while in Egypt, Gemma Bastian travels to Cairo to clean out his museum office, and subsequently begins to try to understand how & why he was possibly murdered. By reading his old journals & doing some research of her own, she gradually becomes involved herself in tracking down evidence of the lost, gnostic Gospels. The description of this novel reminded me a little of The DaVinci Code, but I would consider this story a more slow-moving, watered down version of that. It lacked the pace & adventure of Dan Brown's book, which could be a good or bad thing. My biggest problem with this one was my lack of empathy toward the main character of Gemma. She wasn't a particularly likeable person, and thus, I couldn't root for her or make myself care enough about her to want her to succeed. The storyline was enjoyable enough, but moved maybe a little too slowly. Not a bad novel, but if it were me, I'd tweak it a bit to make it more appealing to the general reader. ( )
  indygo88 | Apr 18, 2013 |
At the end of World War II, Gemma Bastien leaves her job as a nurse in London to travel to Egypt, where her father has recently died. Her father had spent the last part of his career searching for the "lost" or gnostic gospels found near Nag Hammadi. Trying to complete his work after his suspicious death brings Gemma in touch with two brothers, Michael and David, and with people who touched her father's life. In this way, she learns more about him and about herself.

This is a good story, heavily based on facts. I appreciated that the author included a short "Who is Real" section at the back of the book to explain where she relied on real people and events and where she deviated.

The story about searching for the gnostic gospels was very well done. The plot moves well and has plenty of twists, without the over-the-top cliff-hanger per chapter the Da Vinci Code suffered from. A few weeks after reading the Da Vinci Code, I couldn't remember the names of any of the characters -- I only remembered the story. In this case, I will remember both. Resurrection is a stronger novel.

I found, though, the sub-plot about the two brothers vying for Gemma's affection a bit boring and predictable, certaintly in comparison with the larger story. It may be hard for some to accept, but not every story needs romance! And certainly not the good vs bad brother cliche we had here.

Otherwise, a good read, which has piqued my interest enough to send me shopping for nonfiction works on the gnostic gospels. ( )
  LynnB | Feb 13, 2010 |
The subtitle on the cover says, 'A Lost Past, A Hidden Gospel, A Monumental Discovery.' This introduction places the reader into the correct frame of mind to expect a story that takes itself seriously. This novel purports to be about a discovery that can change human history.

The novel Resurrection provides the reader with a primer on the subject of finding, translation, trading and selling of early Christian manuscripts. The novel is written around the historical events surrounding the finding of the Nag Hammadi manuscripts in Egypt in December 1945. However, the events in this story take place in 1947. As the story progresses the reader is dragged through a melodrama of relationship entanglements worthy of a soap opera before the book brings its plot to a conclusion.

The Nag Hammadi texts are copies of manuscripts originally written by Gnostics of the 2nd Century A.D. It's my observation that 'new age' adherents of today think they see kindred spirits among the 2nd Century Gnostics. Therefore, readers who agree with the following three statements are likely to enjoy this novel:
(1) Jesus was an advocate of a decentralized social and spiritual movement for seeking universal truth and the attainment of the highest individual human potential.
(2) This message from Jesus was suppressed, outlawed and changed by early orthodox Christian church leaders (who were all men) because they wanted to be in control of the new religion.
(3) The truth was finally uncovered when the Nag Hammadi codices were found in Egypt in 1945. (But access to them was restricted for 30 more years.)

I'm trying to decide whether to tag the book Resurrection as a historical novel or a murder mystery. Its interweaving of a fictional plot with actual historical events is what makes the book most interesting. However, the fictional plot makes it more of a murder mystery. Probably a better tag is 'Da Vinci Code knockoff,' except that this book has a plot that makes more sense than The Da Vinci Code. However, this book falls short in the 'thriller' aspect when compared to The Da Vinci Code. I recommend reading the nonfiction account of the finding of the Nag Hammadi texts to fully appreciate this novel. http://www.nag-hammadi.com/history.ht...

The following is the review of the book by PageADay Book Lover's Calendar. I have inserted it here because it is a more concise description of the book than my above review:
Gemma Bastian goes to Egypt, near Nag Hammadi, to investigate the mysterious death of her archaeologist father, and becomes entangled in his studies: the role of women in early Christianity and translations of apocryphal gospels of Philip, Thomas, and Mary Magdalen. A cast of interesting characters who deal in antiquities and these provocative texts, as well as two brothers who become romantically involved with her, and great period details make this a fun addition to the ever-growing Da Vinci Code knockoffs. ( )
  Clif | Feb 26, 2009 |
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If you do not bring forth what is in you,

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--The lost gospel of the apostle Thomas.
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Set in Cairo during the tumultuous aftermath of World War II, Resurrection draws on the actual events surrounding the findings of the lost gospels at Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Gemma Bastian travels from London to Cairo to bury her father. Her investigation into his last project-- an attempt to recover and make public the lost Gnostic Gospels-- raises troubling questions about his death.

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