The Wild Girl
'Dearly beloved sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ, here begins the book of the testimony of Mary Magdalene. She who writes it does so at the command of the Saviour himself and of Mary his blessed mother, for the greater glory of God and for the edification of the disciples who shall come after her. She wishes you to know that everything she sets down here is the truth, as she experienced it and as she remembers it. She has been, and she is, a witness, to that truth. And she beseeches those who will read this book that the will pray for her...'
The Wild Girl is a fifth gospel, Mary Magdalene's account of the life and death of Jesus -- but an account that differs markedly from the other four. Mary's is in fact a book of revelation -- a source of a complete reappraisal -- for it suggests another Christianity and another Jesus. Here is a Jesus open to sexuality, a Christianity that embraces the female equally with the male, a Mary Magdalene who is the wellspring of womanhood -- all lost to us now.
Michele Roberts' new novel, an interweaving of erudition and simple narrative, offers a brilliant and moving vision. This remarkable book confirms her stature as one of Britain's most talented and exciting new writers.
Condition: Pre-loved book. Considerable yellowing of pages; binding loosening.
Year published: 1984
Sub-genre: Religious fiction; retelling
Imprint: Methuen London
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