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Sibyl, The

Author(s): Lagerkvist, Par Fabian Pages: 154
Publisher: Random House Date of Publication: 1958
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Period: 1st cent AD (Code: 7)
Rome Setting: Christian/Jewish/Pagan: j
Mystery: n First Person:
Subject: Parable/allegory on divine love: Wandering Jew, cursed by Christ for refusing him a kindness, hears outlawed ex-Pythia's tale of human love & punishment by Apollo. ÒDivine love, wrath, justice & peace all come in for consideration with contrasts drawn between Christian & pagan concepts.Ó (Kirkus 25: 867 Dec 1, 57)
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Rating: BkRevDig reviewers (many) speak of the power & beauty of the writing & the story. Simon Raven in Spectator Feb 21, 1958, p. 238, however, calls it Òa mere excuse for wallowing in the mire of a warped & masochistic religious sense. A blasphemous book? Certainly,. It blasphemes against Man.Ó
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Review In: BkRevDig, 1958, p. 633)

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