Missionary Amen Morley Arrives On A Tropical Island To Find A Community Largely Untouched By The Modern World A Magnet For Eccentric Characters, The Island Paradise Soon Becomes A Hotspot Of Conflicting Cultures.The Preachers Are Competing To Save Souls, While Others Have Come To Make A New Beginning There S Herbert Glass, The English Doctor Who Cures Clocks, Missy Wing, The Chinese Trader, And Sam Maitland, Who The Locals Dub The Crocodile Man.The Islanders Are Bemused By The Behaviour Of These Strange Intruders But Instead Of Being The Ones Doing The Converting, The Foreigners End Up Most Transformed By This Extraordinary Place.The Gospel Of Gods And Crocodiles Is Overflowing With Subversive Wit, Brilliant Observations And Larger Than Life Characters This Bold Novel Is Suffused With Elizabeth Stead S Unique Literary Style And Humour. The most unlikely hero, with an amazing group of characters Wonderful story. It s rare for me to read a book twice but I kept this one after the first reading as I enjoyed it so much I recently rediscovered it in a box and reread it Equally as good the second time around I don t know why it hasn t been made into a movie What an extraordinary book This is the second book I ve read by this author and I really enjoyed both for the inventiveness of the stories and characters we get to know and care about This novel is set on a equatorial island belonging to Australia It begins with a beautiful description of its volcanic inception and the uncomplicated lives of its inhabitants until.One by one missionaries from all denominations invade the island Amen, the first, is seen as harmless, like a pet than a menace They like his gifts Then there is the Adventist, dark and brooding Two RC priests arrive with pomp and ceremony, with money and a building program Miss Wong arrives, a Chinese woman who opens a store and runs a few escort ladies for the comfort of the many men who arrive to build an airbase and organise the settlement Over all is the heat, the relentless humidity, the crocodiles who are demigods and villagers who try to incorporate the changes into their mythology.Two of the main characters are Dr Glass, a GP from Wales who treats all manner of ills and becomes part of the very fibre of the island s society Sam Maitland is a misfit in his home country of Australia and through a series of circumstances ends up being a Jock of not many trades on the island, but is the only one who tru
My sister borrowed this book from the local library and raved about it, so I gave it a go I actually finished reading it in 2 days I loved it Elizabeth Stead s writing is a exquisite Every word, every sentence is perfectly
A thoughly enjoyable book I wondered where the story was going at first Sam has become one of my favourite book characters His transition through the story was achieved with great skill Congratulations Elizabeth Stead.
- The Gospel of Gods and Crocodiles
- Elizabeth Stead
- 17 July 2019 Elizabeth Stead