John the Pupil

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“A superbly written and intellectually stimulating novel.”—The Independent (London)

Since he was a young boy, John has studied at the Franciscan monastery outside Oxford, under the tutelage of friar and magus Roger Bacon, an inventor, scientist, and polymath. In 1267 Bacon arranges for his young pupil to embark on a journey of penitence to Italy. But the pilgrimage is a guise to deliver scientific instruments and Bacon’s great opus to His Holiness, Pope Clement IV. Two companions will accompany John, both Franciscan novices: the handsome, sweet-tempered Brother Andrew; and the brutish Brother Bernard.

John the Pupil is a road movie, recounting the journey taken from Oxford to Viterbo by John and his two companions. Modeling themselves after Saint Francis, the men trek by foot through Europe, preaching the gospel and begging for sustenance. In addition to fighting off ambushes from thieves hungry for the thing of power they are carrying, the holy trio is tried and tempted by all sorts of sins: ambition, pride, lust—and by the sheer hell and heaven of medieval life.

“Astonishing.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Strikingly original . . . a hugely enjoyable read.”—The Times (London)

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About the Author:

David Flusfeder is the author of six previous novels, including The Gift. He has been a television critic for the London Times, a poker columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, and has contributed features to many other publications, including GQ, Esquire, the Observer, Guardian, New Statesman, and Financial Times. He is the director of creative writing at the University of Kent, and lives in South London with his family.

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“Intriguing...a skillful, sensitive exploration... reminiscent of the classic Nabokovian unreliable narrator.” (Rain Taxi Review of Books)

“There is never a dull moment on this trip...The vicissitudes of John’s journey are a delight to follow...The result is a vividly atmospheric sense of period and, in the character of John, a richly comical and engaging hero...Learned, funny and strikingly original, this is a hugely enjoyable read.” (The Times (London))

“It is certainly a lively tale and will appeal to anyone who is a fan of Umberto Eco’s THE NAME OF THE ROSE.” (Financial Times (London))

“A superbly written and intellectually stimulating novel.” (The Independent (London))

“A multilayered historical novel... capturing the violence, superstition, and spirituality characteristic of the Middle Ages.” (Publishers Weekly)

“John’s both limited and brilliant point of view is astonishing, especially when he describes the intricacies of an illuminated manuscript with entirely fresh eyes. The reader will move from amazement at how dark the Dark Ages were to recognizing the darkness and the hope in our own time.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Well-written...Flusfeder’s novel is transporting - it’s set in the 1200s, and it aims to immerse us there.” (New York Times)

“Poignant.” (Kirkus)

“Some passages are as beautiful as an illustrated manuscript...inventive...Flusfeder has that essential quality of the true novelist: the ability to look at the world in a new and surprising light.” (Allan Massie, Scotsman)

“Original, unusual, intriguing: Flusfeder just keeps getting better and better.” (Mail on Sunday, Novel of the Week)

“David Flusfeder writes impressively measured prose, provides a convincing look inside the medieval mind, and provokes some interesting ideas.” (Daily Mail (London))

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