John the Pupil by David Flusfeder is a fictional travelogue set in the middle ages. This is the author’s seventh novel, but it is the first work by him that I read.
- 240 pages
- Publisher: Harper
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062339184
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My Rating for John the Pupil — 5
John the Pupil by David Flusfeder is both funny and clever. Right from the first pages, the author mocks the entire book by stating that “all historical novels are failures”, that takes guts.
At first it seems that the book is just a simple travelogue of a monk sent by Roger Bacon to deliver his book ,Opus Majus, to Pope Clement IV. John takes with him Brother Andrew, cursed with good looks, and Brother Bernard who is their protector. Along the way they meet Simeon the Palmer who plays the antagonist throughout the trip.
Being set in the Middle Ages the book throws many challenges at Brother John and his companions, from ailments due to the trip (sore feet), the times (sickness), and of course timeless challenges (women), all in a wonderfully funny and vivid narrative.
As I was reading the book, I couldn’t help but think about how times have changed in the relationship between scientists and religious leaders. It seems that the relationship has turned around 180 degrees, where in the Middle Ages all three major religions embraced science, technology, math and the arts, it seems that these days certain loud religious leader seem to think that unless it’s written in the Bible, it’s false (unless it’s a check, of course).
Make sure to follow the attendant notes (written by “the translator”) at the end of the book, as you go through it page by page. These really lively up the travelogue and add another dimension to the book and help the enjoyment immensely.
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