Books: Junior Jesus

Anne Rice fills in some gaps in the Gospels

Let us all take a moment to be shocked, shocked, that Anne Rice has written a novel about the life of Jesus, in the voice of Jesus--and then move on. Rice is, of course, the author of the supernatural thriller Interview with the Vampire and its many best-selling sequels, which intermingle sex and blood and death to great, gothic effect. But she's hardly the first novelist to "go there," as the kids say. Leo Tolstoy, Robert Graves, Nikos Kazantzakis and Norman Mailer, to name a few, all took a run at Jesus, to say nothing of the eyebrow-raising suggestions found in...

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