|Pages/Publication Date:||368 / 2019|
In the years after Christ's crucifixion, Paul of Tarsus, a prosperous tentmaker and Jewish scholar, took it upon himself to persecute the small groups of his followers that sprung up. But on the road to Damascus, he had a blinding vision, a profound conversion experience that transformed Paul into the most effective and influential messenger Christianity has ever had. Much as he brought new perspective to Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station, Jay Parini relates Paul's epic journeys, both geographical and spiritual, also telling the tale in the alternating, sometimes ironic voice of the Gospel writer Luke, Paul's travel companion, scribe, and ghostwriter.
"Parini has found his own uniquely potent way of remaking the historical novel. He digs into the layers of history, into so-called real characters. They become more real in his work, hyperreal, parts of our own conflicted souls."—Gore Vidal