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Preview — Messiah meesiah Gore Vidal. There’s an oddly appealing drawing-room comedy air to much of the discussion, as the protagonist is a well-born, well-educated, well-off man who makes good company at luncheon parties.

Is he plagued with guilt? We learn about John Cave, an enigmatic and mysterious man who is able to masterfully hypnotize and manipulate his growing throng of listeners into a new way of thinking and believing — chiefly, that death is something to strive for, a release from the slavery of consciousness into the true state of man.

But reading what he has to say about is pretty painless and at least mildly amusing. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Sounds very much like what Jung was to say a few years later in his Flying Saucers: Feb 18, Thomas Jacob Jr.

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Still, it’s a worthwhile book from a 29 year old writer who already, at the time, seemed far wiser than nearly all of his contemporaries. All this in a disquieting, enthralling, masterfully written story in which Vidal displays his narrative and visionary genius. Bold stuff for the period. Is not the advance of the New Age movement the progress of irrationality, vulgarity and folly?

The Messiah

Definitely needs another read!! And you might find, even stranger, references to a future USA President. Tengo sensaciones encontradas porque desde un inicio el libro no me estaba gustando.

The goal is not death but a hyper-life, in this world and the alleged next, which skeptics can dismiss as fantasy but which has been real enough to ancient and modern believers. Himmler is evident became the First Apostle of the ‘Cavite’ Church and press agent of the new American prophet, so that money starts to flow and the right connections are made?


It’s a dystopia for sure. A new religion is born and ready to conquer the world like Christianity did Vidal, wisely, did not attempt to explain why. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. I found it a quick, interesting read, not something of great depth or brilliant writing, but intriguing.

I understood the references to UFOs to be ironic.

The net effect, though, is low impact, given the high stakes discussion of life, death, suicide and afterlife that the Messiah brings to society’s attention. Vidal ran for political office twi Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. Jan 07, Fede rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 24, Steve Cooper rated it really liked it. Only expressed more concisely, more poetically, and—dare I say it?

And, dulcis in fundo: 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.

What if a man called John Cave a mortician, of all people came out of the blue and started to preach to larger and larger groups of followers in Los Angeles, of all places that death is not to be feared becau I just can’t help loving this book. He was observed by a woman and four boys, all of unquestionable probity; they fled before he could eat them. Sep 25, Bethia rated it it was amazing Shelves: It deals with some of my interests besides literature: I think I would have liked to see a more robust novel in place of this trim treatise, with extended backstories of our key players, though they are still reasonably fleshed out and with the possible exception of our narrator-protagonistall pretty detestable in their own ways.

Considering it was first published init’s surprisingly current and definitely way ahead of its time.

I read the book to the end; the UFOs never reappeared. While it may be a poke at Christianity, it could easily apply to how every and any ideological movement evolves. Propaganda is kessiah name of the game. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Post your comments here, or, better, to my Facebook Fan Page, www.


Vidal paints a beautiful picture that very well could occur, and after its publishing, seemingly has occured in th Gore Vidal’s Messiah provides an enthralling experience that requires one to dismantle vidql of our innate human conditioning to comprehend in its entirety.

Apr 01, Bruce rated it liked it. He’s this kind of guy who intrigues others. It saddens me that it is not one of his better known titles. John Cave messizh, Eugene Luther. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

Gore Vidal’s “Messiah”

The only problem — perhaps insurmountable — is the technology utilised by Cavite, Inc. Characters are for the most part only sketched, but I enjoyed listening to Clarissa, who like Salome in True Blood, claimed to be very old indeed and had seen it all.

The ‘messiah’ of the story isn’t as important as those who see the value of him as symbolic figurehead. In new editions of cavist scriptures his name is eradicated not withstanding that he was the one to author the original scriptures.

I see a lot of myself in Vidal in that I think he was someone who – as much mesiah he admired and adored the artsand was even able to make good art himself – was also someone whoalmost accidentally, wound up almost hopelessly trapped trying to desperately address the issues of his day which, in my opinion, I think he saw as being issues that were actually threatening the art we all so love.

Vore I thoroughly enjoyed the prescient plot and scathing satire on religion, capitalism and mass communications in s America, I felt the book was needlessly overlong and that its characters were hollow and unattractive.

The book starts off strong, with Vidal’s customarily insightful observations and asides on human behaviour but gets a little weak in the middle. I never found it.