Winner of the first World One-Day Novel Cup' prize. While conducting the Good Friday service, Vicar Richard Page is horrified when a man staggers in, bleeding from wounds inflicted during a vicious knife attack. There is no identification on him; he later dies, and no one comes forward to claim the body. Even more bizarrely, his corpse disappears from the morgue, leaving tWinner of the first World One-Day Novel Cup' prize. While conducting the Good Friday service, Vicar Richard Page is horrified when a man staggers in, bleeding from wounds inflicted during a vicious knife attack. There is no identification on him; he later dies, and no one comes forward to claim the body. Even more bizarrely, his corpse disappears from the morgue, leaving the police baffled and suspicious. The vicar is drawn into a bruising quest to uncover this man's identity and explain the unexplainable. His obsession will bring him into conflict with the police, his superiors, his congregation, and even his wife. The Resurrection of the Body is a thought provoking work exploring love, religion, and madness within an eerie and unsettling mystery. New revised edition "A traditional whodunit turns into an unsettling journey of murder, obsession and a crisis of faith in the skillful hands of British author Hamand... A compelling story builds to a chilling conclusion." Publishers Weekly...
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The Resurrection of the Body Reviews
"He took from his pocket a photograph of the corpse. The face had that odd, disembodied look which even in a photograph tells you that the person is dead. This is the greatest argument in favour of the soul that I can think of. When people are alive, even if they are gravely ill and in a coma, there is still something in their faces, some tension, some spark. Probably a doctor could explain it to me, could give a reason, something to do with rigor mortis or the configuration of the muscles, I don't know, but a dead person is undoubtedly and unmistakably dead, even in a photograph."This mannered supernatural thriller was originally conceived of and penned as part of a 1994 competition in London, to write a novel in 24 hours under exam conditions. (What fun, right? What a rush. The intense pressure. I want some!)Maggie Hamand later expounded on it, not really changing or editing anything but adding to so as to make it, well, all of 200 pages -- my kind of book size. The original version was but 23,000 words.The cover art and the length make it seem "young adult-y," as someone snidely told me upon seeing it, but it's not. And even if it was, well, The Book Thief was a YA read, and astonishing.That's not to say this book is astonishing. It's certainly food for thought, and I enjoyed the read as the calendar ramped up to Easter. It's also decidedly British, in its proper way of going about the machinations of a thriller, in its dialogue and settings and ruminations.It centers on Richard, a parish victor, and his doubts about belief and such in the wake of a murder just outside (or in the foyer of) his church on Good Friday. The victim staggered into the midst of the church service even -- of course horrifying everyone -- and his body later disappears from the morgue. Richard and some of his parishioners think they see the man in the days and weeks that follow, as a gardener in a local park. Is he a specter? Is Richard going insane? He is certainly in the process of losing his faith, and doesn't truly believe in the physical resurrection -- or miracles, period. He writes a letter in his parish magazine that the author includes as part of her text that is beautiful and honest.I found myself identifying with Richard a lot. Also interesting that his wife Harriet was agnostic. Their exchanges and love were refreshing to read, made me think of what the marriages in Annie Dillard's The Living or The Maytrees must be like, if I could just finally get to those books too.The locations in the book are real, and as Richard sets out to the park, or to a certain parish, to the morgue or St. Bart's hospital or London Fields, the action makes me think of all the scampering from place to place in G.K. Chesterton's supernatural chase thriller, The Man Who Was Thursday. This book comes without that one's genius baggage, surely, but it's fun, nonetheless. I would have liked it if Hitchcock could have filmed something like this, but the mind's eye is so often better than a book captured on (caged in?) film.Recommended for anyone who digs thrillers and thoughts on the stuff of God, and who isn't offended by a little sex and choice words.
Not your typical Christian fiction, and not your typical mystery. The protagonist of Hamand's novel is an Anglican vicar who believes only in the myth of the resurrection, its essential truth for mankind, not its physical or historical occurrence. Then a man stumbles into his church during Good Friday services, dies from a stabbing, his body disappears, and he's sighted by various parishioners walking around the neighborhood. Does he really exist? Is he a hallucination? Is he a modern-day incarnation? The vicar experiences a crisis of faith - and pretty much wrecks his personal and professional lives -- seeking answers.A dissatisfying ending, a couple of too-far-fetched plot points, sketchy writing, and a sordid sex scene reduce the book's appeal for me, but I appreciate Hamand's attempt to raise questions.Books and Culture also reviewed it.
Originally written for a contest to write a novel in 24 hours under examination conditions, this novel is narrated by an Anglican priest whose Good Friday Service is interrupted by a man who staggers into the sanctuary and collapses of a moral knife wound. Later, the man's body disappears from the mortuary, & the priest & a couple of other members of his congregation think they see him about the city. Meanwhile, the priest is having a crisis of faith related, in part, to his beliefs about Christ's resurrection & how to convey his beliefs to his mixed congregation.
I read this book because I attended Maggie's creative writing workshop.I don't feel comfortable judging a writer's abilities (I was never very good at the style assessment). So this is a reflection on what I felt about the story itself, not how it was delivered. I always struggle with stories involving religion, it's just not something I particularly like reading. I thought the characters and the premise were interesting but I find stories about faith leave me relatively cold so that's why I only gave it a 3 stars.
Gripping enough to be entertaining and entertaining enough to finish in one sitting. It's a much less complicated book than I normally read, but no less engaging. I felt the characters were kind of not so well developed, but what can you do in 200 some pages anyway?
I was impressed by the writing style of this novel and the movement of the novel. I was less impressed with the theology, and it was probably this doctrinal "hang up" that prevented me from completely losing myself in the story.
a who dunit with a crisis of faith...it was just an average read.
UK author. Man murdered outside of a church who seems to "resurrect" back to life. A little strange but good. Saw it reviewed in Booklist.