The Testament of Gideon Mack

The Testament of Gideon Mack Download The Testament Of Gideon Mack Author James Robertson Ivogue.co.uk The Testament Of Gideon Mack Is James Robertson S Acclaimed Novel Exploring Faith And Belief For Gideon Mack, Faithless Minister, Unfaithful Husband And Troubled Soul, The Existence Of God, Let Alone The Devil, Is No Credible Than That Of Ghosts Or Fairies Until The Day He Falls Into A Gorge And Is Rescued By Someone Who Might Just Be Satan Himself.Mack S Testament A Compelling Blend Of Memoir, Legend, History, And, Quite Probably, Madness Recounts One Man S Emotional Crisis, Disappearance, Resurrection And Death It Also Transports You Into An Utterly Mesmerising Exploration Of The Very Nature Of Belief.

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  • English
  • 08 August 2018
  • Paperback
  • 386 pages
  • 014102335X
  • The Testament of Gideon Mack
  • James Robertson

10 thoughts on “The Testament of Gideon Mack

  1. Maciek says:

    I bought James Robertson s The Testament of Gideon Mack in 2010, and it has been sitting on my shelf unread but not forgotten I finally read it in January of 2013 and don t know why I waited that long It s been longlisted for the Booker although it didn t win or even make the shortlist and the premise provoking immediate interest which is why I bought it in the first place.The novel opens with an introduction by Patrick Walker, a publisher from Edinburgh bewildered by the strange story of I bought James Robertson s The Testament of Gideon Mack in 2010, and it has been sitting on my shelf unread but not forgotten I finally read it in Ja...

  2. emily says:

    man maybe I didn t get it.all gideon mack made me want to do was jog in the woods, have a spot of tea, resent my father, jog again, do it with my neighbor s wife, and maybe have a littletea this might be totally acceptable a lot of the time well, not socially acceptable, but you know what I mean , but the jacket copy and the reviews all gave me a different impression I was expecting faust, and I got portrait of a lady actually, I really like portrait of a lady but you get the point man maybe I didn t get it.all gideon mack made me want to do was jog in the woods, have a spot of tea, resent my father, jog again, do it with my neighbor s wife, and maybe have a littletea th...

  3. Joe McNally says:

    Other reviewers have summarised the plot so all I ll say is that if he never wrote anything else, this book would show how skilled a professional Robertson is The structure the reader knows the outcome from the start needs to be flawless to hold interest and Robertson pulls it off superbly without using any fancy tricks.The narrative drive is maintained by numerous unresolved relationships but perhaps mostly by the question of whether Gideon Mack really met the devil or whether he has los Other reviewers have summarised the plot so all I ll say is that if he never wrote anything else, this book would show how skilled a professional Robertson is The structure t...

  4. James Garner says:

    TheI thought about this book after I d finished, theit twisted and turned in my mind Was it because the reliability of the narrator becameandsuspect, especially at the end Or was it because the author laid out such a seemingly simple story that, upon review, roils a reader s ideas about what faith is, whether good works areimportant than faith, or ecstatic joy, or duty, orThe beginning of the book took a while to get going I learned too much about the main cha TheI thought about this book after I d finished, theit twisted and turned in my mind Was it because the reliability of the narrator becameandsuspect, especially at the end Or was it because the author laid out such a seemingly simple story that, upon review, roils a reader s ideas about what faith is, whether good works areimportant than faith, or ecstatic joy, or duty, orThe beginning of the book took a while to get going I learned too much about the main character s upbringing am always suspicious of writers who create characters who remember so deeply into their pasts As the book progressed, I enjoyed being caught up in Gideon Mack s life, with all its small compromises and tepid responses Getting pulled into the Scots atmosphere of chill and resignation was enjoyable, but not everyone s cup of tea.Was Gideon Mack really mentally ill, or is that what any character or reader must think when confronted with his stor...

  5. Blair says:

    The Testament of Gideon Mack is the first book I have read by James Robertson, and I enjoyed it so much that I now feel eager to seek out his other novels It s imaginative, brilliantly written, evokes places and characters vividly, and is consistently smart and witty without ever becoming pretentious The plot concerns a faithless minister who has a near death experience and a meeting with the devil, but it sthan just a story as Gideon s testament unravels, we are shown a portrait of o The Testament of Gideon Mack is the first book I have read by James Robertson, and I enjoyed it so much that I now feel eager to seek out his other novels It s imaginative, brilliantly written, evokes places and characters vividly, and is consistently smart and witty without ever becoming pretentious The plot concerns a faithless minister who...

  6. Vivienne says:

    This novel is the fictional autobiography of Scottish minister, Reverend Gideon Mack While rescuing the dog of a fellow minster Gideon had fallen into a local gorge known as the Black Jaws and is swept along a treacherous river disappearing underground He is believed by all to be dead However, three days later he is found with hardly any injuries and claims that he was rescued by the Devil himself with whom he spent three days underground His public declaration of these events leads to him b This novel is the fictional autobiography of Scottish minister, Reverend Gideon Mack While rescuing the dog of a fellow minster Gideon had fallen into a local gorge known as the Black Jaws and is swept along a treacherous river disappearing underground He is believed by all to be dead However, three days later he is found with hardly any injuries and claims that he was rescued by the Devil himself with whom he spent three days underground His public declaration of these events leads to him branded as a pariah and madman Shortly after this he disappears...

  7. Nancy Oakes says:

    This book is incredibly difficult to summarize but I ll give it a try First of all let me say that I was up most of last night finishing this book and skipped my a.m walk to read the epilogue There s so much here that once you start reading, you can t stop Period It s one of those books where you find yourself compelled to keep going because you re completely sucked in Would I recommend it MOST Definitely Here s what the Penguin website has to say in summary Gideon Mack is a good man and This book is incredibly difficult to summarize but I ll give it a try First of all let me say that I was up most of last night finishing this book and skipped my a.m walk to read the epilogue There s so much here that once you start reading, you can t stop Period It...

  8. Allison says:

    This book better be getting better soon so far it reads like boring memoir I still have hope though I m really holding out for when he meets the devilWell, I liked that devil, but aside from that, I was disappointed I was expectingThe book gives you a brief description of the legend of Gideon Mack in the beginning, but then Gideon s testament doesn t do much to really alter that legend So it s like we already know what s going to happen, and then he explains in deeeetaaaail what This book better be getting better soon so far it reads like boring memoir I still have hope though I m really holding out for when he meets the devilWell, I liked that devil, but aside from that, I was disappointed I was expectingThe book gives you a brief description of the legend of Gideon Mack in the beginning, but then Gideon s testament doesn t do much to really alter that legend So it s like we already know what s going to happen, and then he explains in deeeetaaaail what happens The philosophical spritual questions he grapples with didn t seem like anything new to me I thi...

  9. tom bomp says:

    I find it hard to know what to say about this because the story is really about a pretty ordinary life obviously the devil meeting story is important but it s a small part of the story and you shouldn t go in expecting much fantasy type stuff It s a fictional memoir of an ordinary person, a particular way of life, a particular location, told from a maybe not completely reliable perspective The events are mostly pretty ordinary yet the writing makes them really come alive and it s easy to get I find it hard to know what to say about this because the story is really about a pretty ordinary life obviously the devil meeting story is important but it s a small part of the story and you shouldn t go in expecting much fantasy type stuff It s a fictional memoir of an ordinary person, a particular way of life, a particular location, told from a maybe not completely reliable perspective The events are mostly pretty ordinary yet the writing makes them really come alive and it s easy to get emotionally wrapped up in it, feel all the little details which feel real Along the way there s a good amount of thoughts and conversations about deep questions eg does god exist, what does it mean to believe, what should life be about, how we relate to storie...

  10. Rick says:

    The title character in James Robertson s novel THE TESTAMENT OF GIDEON MACK is a minister on the east coast of Scotland who sets out to chronicle his life.We learn about his over strict minister father and ineffectual mother and that after studying to be an English teacher, he decided to become a minister instead, despite not believing in God and having always been skeptical about both the Church and all things supernatural.Toward the end of his life, he has a near d...

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