The Jesus Man

The Jesus Man Laika was the first living creature in space She was a dog Her picture wavering frames on a black and white television screen had never been forgotten by Tommy Her long thin face and the pert ears

Laika was the first living creature in space She was a dog Her picture, wavering frames on a black and white television screen, had never been forgotten by Tommy Her long thin face, and the pert ears The accomplishments of humanity were listed in a monotonous tone by the scowling Mr Morris the classroom replied by rote Ancient Greece The birth of Christ The printinLaika was the first living creature in space She was a dog Her picture, wavering frames on a black and white television screen, had never been forgotten by Tommy Her long thin face, and the pert ears The accomplishments of humanity were listed in a monotonous tone by the scowling Mr Morris the classroom replied by rote Ancient Greece The birth of Christ The printing press The discovery of the Americas The Renaissance The Indistrial Revolution The World Wars Man on the moon Tommy mouthed the words but he couldn t forget the dog Starving to death in perpetual orbit At home, his father drinking beer, his mother preparing dinner, Dominic reading Mad magazine in bed Tommy started crying Breathlessly, too fast, he told his story Laika, Laika, they just left her It s horrible, horrible He was screaming And Artie was laughing And his mother said, shaking her head, why are you worrying about a stupid dog And Dominic, who had got out of bed to find out what the tears were all about, joined his father in laughter What do you care about some stupid mutt And Tommy called his brother a cunt, and shouted to Maria that she was a stupid wog, and before he could say anything to his father, the man delivered the thundering slap And then Tommy stopped crying and fell silent When Somers, coughing, not looking at him, told Tommy that he was to be retrenched, that the corporation was downsizing to reflect the realities of the curren

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  1. Christos Tsiolkas is the author of five novels Loaded, which was made into the feature film Head On, The Jesus Man and Dead Europe,which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award He won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, long listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal for The Slap, which was also announced as the 2009 Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards Books of the Year Barracuda is his fifth novel He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer He lives in Melbourne.

727 Reply to “The Jesus Man”

  1. Genius writer, his writing shocks me, makes me think, gives me enormous pleasure, almost changes me, though at the end of each one of his books I exclame thank God I m nothing like him, nothing like his characters, I m sooo normal

  2. Christos Tsiolkas is one of those writers who divide opinion you either love him or hate him I fall into the former camp.The Jesus Man is his second novel It s not quite as over the top grungy as his debut, Loaded, but it is definitely confronting and just as sexually explicit It s also quite violent, perhaps gratuitously so, and there are scenes within its pages that are truly stomach churning and, well, distasteful It makes the hard hitting nature of The Slap pun not intended tame by compariso [...]

  3. We all must have that one writer to whose writings we turn to in times of depression or loneliness or ennui or any kind of gloom The kind whose writing would rocket you away from all your worries For me it s Christos Tsiolkas I feel a special connection, a secret kinship with his books that I find impossible to put into words His books struck a chord with me from the very first word and among all his brutally honest, unpretentious, compassionate, confused, angry, lovable and violent characters, [...]

  4. A brilliant and compulsive book Be prepared for a ride into the darkest depths of humanity and the darkest depths of modern society too A book that makes you want to vomit but at the same time somehow salvages you, gives you an incredible chance of having compassion for not only yourself but the rest of humanity too Tsiolkas s understanding of the human psyche is incredible and with that he can uncover and deal with taboos that I don t think many writer s can This is an important book for the co [...]

  5. Gosh What and angry book I m reminded of an Eminem lyric So much anger aimed at no particular direction just sprays and sprays I m quite surprised this book is as beloved as it appears to be in the below reviews I would agree that it s a very dark read, an interesting look into the mind of people in a society most of us would rather ignore or insulate ourselves from That said I didn t find it as confronting as, say, Coetzee s Disgrace or A Little Life and I think the difference was the character [...]

  6. Have written notes elsewhere about early impressions reading this book, but also have many other layers because I resist the insistence upon pornographic interpretations of every encounter, knowing there are many other ways in which people connect or kept their distance from each other I accept now that this is a metaphor rather than a reality in Tsiolkas writing But that makes it even imperative to get the right balance in approaching the balance within his material.For now I just want to reco [...]

  7. Christos Tsiolkas in his book Jesus Man continues to explore controversies around immigration, racism, family values, what is means to be Australian, what it feels like to have no God in heart, what you make of your culture, history of your people in a new country, the beauty and despair of this exile , love and hatred and death of loved ones I really love the author s individual style the staccato of his prose, austerity of his dialogues, sharp, angular brushstrokes of his descriptions And yet [...]

  8. Tsiolkas takes us to the miserable depths of drug addiction and sexual perversion I m not sure for what reason No matter the reason, Tsiolkas does it very well Some of the characters give us a glimpse of hope, but Tsiolkas doesn t allow us to enjoy it much.Now that I have read the book, I don t know what to do with it.

  9. essentially 3 short stories that happen to involve the same family this gives tsiolkas both room to move a box to hold his characters the sees the underside of modern life captures it in all it s gruesome, soul drenching, pitiful intolerable beauty it should shock you, but it should also make you think.

  10. I wanted to read one of the Writers earlier works having read Barracuda.The protagonist in both stories share many characteristics, struggling to come to their place in the world mainly as presented by the author driven by their sexuality.Characters are well formed and believable There is a lovely interplay between the family matriarch and her three sons, who are all very different boys then men.The landscape is familiar to Melbournians in particular and allows the reader to suspend any disbelie [...]

  11. Another absorbing page turner by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas The way the author articulates postmodern Australian society and creates 4th dimensional characters draws one completely into his world I say 4th dimensional characters because Christos delves deep into the physc of his main characters and presents their strengths, weaknesses, and inner most thoughts that resonate with us on some level It s dark, but it s raw honesty about life in Australia will absorb and challenge you.

  12. I like it is the wrong rating for this It s a tough, challenging, ugly work but with extraordinary power I may be naive but I hate the image he paints of men, forever sex obsessed and masturbating However, it combines the immigrant experience with 20th century culture and relationships in a bold way.

  13. This book went from disturbing and boring in the beginning, to just plain boring by the end I couldn t finish it.People have said The Slap had no point, but at least you could become immersed in the characters I found it very hard to relate to anyone in this book I m generally a fan of controversial or risque novels, but I couldn t stand this one.

  14. The synopsis at the back cover told me pretty much the idea of how the story would be After reading some first few pages, I thought it d be something like Sue Miller s Family Portrait But alas, I was wrong.For this is much less subtle and the details were gruesome.

  15. I never thought gruesome details from a book would make me think fuck and flinch, but tsolkias has achieved this.The book climaxes half way through, and then prods on till the end Sort of like the lives of the characters The important shit is in the middle.

  16. A real disappointment, and the only misfire in Tsiolkas otherwise impressive body of work Selfish, pointless characters doing selfish and pointless things, but not in any kind of way that can make you feel rewarded for reading their exploits.

  17. I remember reading Loaded years ago and being blown away Similarly with Barracuda recently.The Jesus Man is just as confronting, and a fascinating read, but I don t understand what drives the characters as much.

  18. Gruesome and gritty with quite good character development all of the characters are realistic with their fair share of flaws Not a good book to read if you are feeling down.

  19. Deep, intense confronting Tsiolkas truly has a gift in magnifying characters in the uttermost sinister situations The Stefano brothers will always haunt my thoughts.

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