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In this book, a new religion is born, and a simple message offered by a charismatic young man becomes organized, publicized, bureaucratized and ultimately bastardized before it encompasses the entire non-Islamic world.

The Messiah

Looking for beautiful books? A brilliant and oddly prescient satire. Paperbackpages. Does fatigue overwhelm the unatoned?

TV and other mass media are the means used by the cavites to promote their religion. Thanks again for writing. Even more to the point of life, without spoiling the messjah, there is a strong theme to define the world through your own eyes and perspective. Cave teaches, among other things, not to fear death and to actually desire it under certain circumstances.

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That aside, there is much to recommend this imaginative take on the cult of religion and how we view life and death – not least the cynical Clarissa is she really years old?

So for now, I’ll rate this book 3 stars: You are commenting using your WordPress. Lists with This Book. From nimble beginnings, a religion forms measiah takes the United States, even the world by storm. I found this book vidzl be a great sta Quite a relevant book. Considering it was first published init’s surprisingly current and definitely way ahead of its time.


That conviction, coming on him with the force of revelation, prompts the young man to share his realization with others. Books by Gore Vidal.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. Eugene becomes a part of Cave’s inner circle and essentially drafts the original texts and doctrine that would eventually make up Cavesword.

Ron Hubbard — Scientology. Well, apparently, Vidal had little to hide as opposed to, seemingly, everyone in Washington D. Description Gore Vidal’s satirical fantasy, with a new introduction by the author. In all truth I could then not distinguish my angels from my aliens and I think that Raelians and Tridentine Catholics alike would be hard pressed to slice nicely between them today.

It’s the rare breed of a novel of ideas by an author who not only has original ideas but can write. Aug 03, DoctorM rated it really liked it. Both briliant and disturbing, the first-pers Eugene Luther looks back on fifty years of Cavesword and Cavesway, a religion founded as a bizarre death-over-life philosophy by John Cave and deftly sold to a worldwide audience by a savvy and corrupt publicist. I found this book recently in a used book store: Interesting story about how religions can form.


Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Apr 03, Zweegas rated it really liked it. Still, the book is worth reading for its mordant wit and its delicate balance between satire and genuine, heart-rending drama.

While I thoroughly enjoyed the prescient plot and scathing satire on religion, capit I read this book directly after reading Vidal’s latest memoir, Point to Point Navigationand it is interesting to compare the 83 year old Gore Vidal’s style and tone in the later book to the style and tone of Messiah’s 80 year old narrator, Eugene Luther. A bleak but ultimately hopeful cautionary tale, suitably well-written and engaging, if perhaps not quite as expansive in its scope as the title suggests.

Vidal, wisely, did not attempt to explain why.

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Both briliant and disturbing, the first-person voice of Mr. Eventually, Cavism is successful in completely displacing and exterminating Christianity, even to the extent of all Gothic Cathedrals being systematically blown up and destroyed in order to erase any memory of it. Views Read Edit View history.