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The covenant between reader and writer is not quite so all-consuming, but you still need to get as far as Antioch to take in the patterns underlying this novel, and that requires reading at least as far as chapter There are many dark interludes in the intervening pages, and it requires almost as much fortitude as the castrated Pilgermann needs on his journey of repentance.

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One of those fair Jews with his hair further lightened by the bleaching of the sun. Very light blue eyes, perfectly intrepid eyes drooping a little towards the outside of the face, the eyes of a fighter, the eyes of a lion … He was no one in whom I had any belief but there he was and there was no mistaking who he was. He expects Pilgermann to pay for his sins by letting go of everything. There it was on the end of his arm year after year: feeding him, writing letters, caressing his wife, holding whatever there was in life for him to hold.

Suddenly it lets go of everything and jumps up and kills him. The waves and particles of Pilgermann the Jew go on attempting to converse with God, but even after the manifestation of Jesus he is not afraid to question the bible, and he blames God for his temptation with Sophia:. It would be an insult to your creation not to climb ladders for that woman. Submissive and unknowing men and women would have given the Old Testament God little to work with:.

No Holy Scriptures, no story to tell. There is an imaginary conversation through which Pilgermann tries to explain the continuous slaughter of Jews.


It takes places between God as a He and Satan. Set pieces There are more Hoban set pieces in Pilgermann than there are in any of his other books — or perhaps it only seems that way because they are quoted so frequently :. But after the thing has happened — whatever that thing might be — that brings recognition, then one knows irrevocably how very, very fragile; it is like one of those ideas that one has in dreams: so clear and so self-explaining are they that we make no special effort to remember.

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Then of course they vanish as we wake and there is nothing there but the awareness that something very clear has altogether vanished. Pilgermann has his reasons for asking rhetorically if the fall of Jerusalem could have been painted by Vermeer. One of the many pleasures of reading Hoban are these recurrent images — it might be a painting, a sculpture or an idea that is a motif in a previous book. Such as this one from Chapter 11 of Pilgermann :. Everyone has experienced this: the self must be put on before any garment, and there is inevitably a pause as it were a caesura in the going forward of things before the self is put on.

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Along the way, he will be joined by a motley group of companions: the headless corpse of the tax collector, a lascivious talking pig, a dead bear, and Death himself. In the story of Pilgermann's quest, by turns funny and nightmarish, Russell Hoban is at his most original and most imaginative.

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