The Childhood of Jesus: A Novel

Editorial reviews

The Childhood of Jesus: A Novel

The Childhood of Jesus is an indulgent and meandering novel of Big Ideas and sadly little heart.

"The Childhood of Jesus" is compelling — eerie, tautly written — it ultimately falls prey to the emptiness it describes.

At Coetzee's oeuvre's heart, for me (though I'm hardly the first to suggest this), resides what feels like a willed coldness. If morally admirable, it's also often a chilly place in which to dwell.

“The Childhood of Jesus” is as much a work of philosophy as fiction. It’s static, didactic, oracular. The storyteller in Mr. Coetzee has been almost entirely subsumed by the sophist.