J.M. Coetzee is no stranger to the art of reinterpreting famous works of literature. His 1986 novel FOE is a reimagining of ROBINSON CRUSOE. Now, with THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS, Coetzee has attempted a reinterpretation that is more daring than its predecessor. But as literature and film have seen so many riffs on the Bible, from Nikos Kazantzakis’s THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST to Monty Python’s Life of Brian, it’s hard to envision anyone other than an extremist becoming angry at this thoughtful, playful and ultimately perplexing allegory.
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