The Childhood of Jesus, Paperback
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This is an astonishing new masterpiece from the Nobel and twice Booker Prize-winning author of Disgrace and Summertime.

After crossing oceans, a man and a boy - both strangers to each other - arrive in a new land.

David, the boy, has lost his mother and Simon vows to look after him.

In this strange new country they are assigned a new name, a new birthday, a new life.

Knowing nothing of their surroundings, nor the language or customs, they are determined to find David's mother.

Though the boy has no memory of her, Simon is certain he will recognize her at first sight. "But after we find her," David asks, "what are we here for?" The Childhood of Jesus is a profound, beautiful and continually surprising novel from a very great writer.




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A post-apocalyptic or dystopian feel to it which reminded me of Margaret Atwood but we never learn what has happened to the world as we know it. The "gifted" David is a strange child who's otherness is heightened by how normal everybody else seems. Simon does his best for him but the assignment of the child to a stranger to be his mother remains vague. Memorable.

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