Testament Of Gideon Mack

Paperback | September 5, 2006

byJames RobertsonEditorChr

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"Who am I? I am Gideon Mack, time-server, charlatan, hypocrite, God's grovelling apologist; the man who saw the stone, the man that was drowned and that the waters gave back, the mad minister who met with the Devil and lived to tell the tale"

Gideon Mack, an errant Church of Scotland minister, doesn't believe in God, the Devil or an afterlife. From the moment he discovers a mysterious standing stone, his life unravels dramatically until he is swept into a river and carried through a deep chasm underground. Miraculously, Mack emerges three days later, battered but alive. He seems, however, to have lost his mind, since he claims to have been rescued and restored to the world by the Devil.

Mixing fantasy, legend and history with a wealth of insight about religion, belief and culture, The Testament of Gideon Mack is an ambitious, mesmerizing novel that combines superlative storytelling with immense imaginative power.

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"Who am I? I am Gideon Mack, time-server, charlatan, hypocrite, God's grovelling apologist; the man who saw the stone, the man that was drowned and that the waters gave back, the mad minister who met with the Devil and lived to tell the tale" Gideon Mack, an errant Church of Scotland minister, doesn't believe in God, the Devil or an af...

James Robertson is the author of The Fanatic and Joseph Knight, which won two major Scottish literary awards in 2003/4—the Saltire Book of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year. He lives in Angus, Scotland.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.23 × 5.08 × 0.86 inPublished:September 5, 2006Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143052128

ISBN - 13:9780143052128

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Carrying on the Scottish tradition for great reads The Testament of Gideon Mack is an entertaining and dark tale of a minister who encounters the devil. It is not, however, new in it's methods of story-weaving. The 'Testament' is a document discovered by the 'Publisher' upon the minister's death. With this device Robertson draws heavily upon Scottish literary tradition, namely the 'The Private Memoirs and Confessions of A Justified Sinner' by James Hogg ( relative of Canada's own Alice Munro no less) and also evoking the 'Casebook' of Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It is this element of the possibility of a truthful tale which captures the reader's imagination, making this a spine-tingling and thoroughly enjoyable read.
Date published: 2008-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm dumbfounded! This book was really well done! I still don't know if it's supposed to be a fiction book or if there really was a minister named Gideon Mack. If you do pick up this book read it from beginning to end, don't stop because it is definately worth the read.
Date published: 2007-11-18