John the Pupil

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • John the Pupil
  • David Flusfeder
  • 06 May 2018
  • 0062339184

John the Pupil The Extraordinary New Novel From David FlusfederThis, His Seventh Novel, Is A Medieval Road Movie, Umberto Eco Seen Through The Eyes Of Quentin Tarantino, Recounting The Journey Taken From Oxford To Viterbo In By John And His Two Companions, At The Behest Of The Friar And Magus Roger Bacon, Carrying A Secret Burden To His Holiness Clement IV As Well As Having To Fight Off Ambushes From Thieves Hungry For The Thing Of Power They Are Carrying, The Holy Trio Are Tried And Tempted By All Sorts Of Sins Ambition, Pride, Lust And By The Sheer Hell And Heaven Of Medieval Life Erudite And Earthy, Horrifying, Comic, Humane, John The Pupil Reveals To The Reader A World Very Different And All Too Like The One We Live In Now

10 thoughts on “John the Pupil

  1. Jeanette says:

    This book settles you firmly in the medieval world of 1267 and within the traveling task of John the Pupil He is delivering his Master Roger Bacon s book to Pope Clement The journey is dangerous, long and of no sure completion it s from England to Italy That s the bones.But the flesh of this story is in its spirit, within both the faith and the striving it is questioning and often difficult, but it is also SO encompassed in our traveler s solid knowledge and devotional core belief to his ta This book settles you firmly in the medieval world of 1267 and within the traveling task of John the Pupil He is delivering his Master Roger Bacon s book to Pope Clement The journey is dangerous, long and of no sure completion it s from England to Italy That s the bones.But the flesh of this story is in its spirit, within both the faith and the striving it is questioning and often difficult, but it is also SO encompassed in our traveler s solid knowledge and devotional core belief to his task And also within the conceptions of and connection to his fellow traveler friars, the two that he has chosen to accompany him.It s very hard for me to review this book The simplicity was such a whole piece worldview, and yet it was so completely and mystically complicated with the corporeal world eyes at the same time It has some similarities to Canterbury Tales Many passages are poetic or refrains from Roman Catholic service or Matins, Prime, Offertory of the Mass It s the kind of book I would have loved to discuss with my High School English teacher, Sister Brian Absolutely loved it and thought the outcomes and endings both quite realistic And in John s case his full born graduation to adulthood.The language forms reflecting God, the saints and the nature of the physical world were 5 star sublime

  2. Sarah-Hope says:

    David Flusfeder s John the Pupil is one of those books you enter like a world Within a few sentences, you find yourself living inside of it and your immediate surroundings become nothan white noise The thirteenth century, in which it takes place, is an era of terror and knowledge.The John of the title is a student of Roger Bacon Along with two of his Franciscan brothers, John has been sent on a pilgrimage to Rome with the goal of delivering a new book by Bacon to the Pope, Clement IV T David Flusfeder s John the Pupil is one of those books you enter like a world Within a few sentences, you find yourself living inside of it and your immediate surroundings become nothan white noise The thirteenth century, in which it takes place, is an era of terror and knowledge.The John of the title is a student of Roger Bacon Along with two of his Franciscan brothers, John has been sent on a pilgrimage to Rome with the goal of delivering a new book by Bacon to the Pope, Clement IV This journey is traveled on foot for the most part, and in the tradition of their order the Franciscans are expected to preach daily for alms that will provide them with food and, sometimes, housing.The pace of the book is slow, as is a pilgrimage on foot John records events on scraps of parchment, labeling the entries with the names of the Saints Days on which they were written One day is much like the next sore feet, the constant threat of violence, and an inner dialogue that John uses to try to understand the meaning of his journey even as he undertakes it This pacing is part of what makes the book so all consuming it pulls readers into the rhythms of life from seven centuries ago.Flusfeder s prose is both beautiful and unadorned, true to the book s era as is the pace Wording is simple, but precise Sparseness, rather than rich detail, is what brings these characters to life.Give yourself the pleasure of reading this book Let yourself settle into its rhythms and language and experience a world we left long ago

  3. Andy says:

    John the Pupil is a forthcoming novel from David Flusfelder, a professor at the University of Kent and author of six previous novels John is a travel log, written by the student of Roger Bacon as he journeys to deliver Bacon s magnum opus to Pope Clement IV The story was billed as written in the vein of Umberto Eco s The Name of the Rose my favorite book , as well as Michael Faber, and curiously, Quentin Tarantino.I love The Name of the Rose for its medieval setting, art and history based pu John the Pupil is a forthcoming novel from David Flusfelder, a professor at the University of Kent and author of six previous novels John is a travel log, written by the student of Roger Bacon as he journeys to deliver Bacon s magnum opus to Pope Clement IV The story was billed as written in the vein of Umberto Eco s The Name of the Rose my favorite book , as well as Michael Faber, and curiously, Quentin Tarantino.I love The Name of the Rose for its medieval setting, art and history based puzzle solving, and religious themes that never descend into Church bashing John claims a bold heritage, which I find uncertain from my experience.The story is entirely narrated by John, as a travel log of his journey He recalls discussions and other characters, but there is no dialogue, only narration after the fact You can imagine him filling in his notes at the end of a day s journey I expect this choice is the experimentation that echos Tarantino The novel is itself a framed narrative, beginning with a fictional translator giving a history of John s journal, and claiming to have come to it many years later.John is a sheltered monk, book smart at the hands of his master, Roger Bacon, but street dumb from living an insular life in the Franciscan monastery, and further withdrawn into the library, at that It seems his two companions are chosen because they are the only names he happened to know on short notice They undertake their journey, facing threats and temptations in the world designed to attack each of their weaknesses alcohol, women, pride of intellect.Unfortunately, the narrative style was a significant obstacle for me The whole story stays at arm s length from the reader We never actually meet the characters or experience the difficult situations, we only hear about them after the fact It dilutes the conflict The travel log, as well, is written by John specifically for his tutor s benefit, and feels further sterilized to be publicly read It is a choice, and I don t fault the author for making it, but it left me disengaged from the story A personal diary might have beensuccessful, but also historically inaccurate, as no valuable paper would have been wasted on a completely private text.The characters were well rounded and clear, I must say I am critical of the style preventing me from connecting with them, but the narration allowed me to understand them clearly Their troubles made sense, and I enjoyed that each had a trap waiting for them designed to break them at their weakest point John would certainly have seen the hand of the Devil in their struggles I also greatly enjoyed the thorough footnotes section Written in the as the academic we met in the first pages translating the travel log, the end notes are comprehensive and while fictional, seem historically plausible A clever edition I give a lot of credit to Flusfeder for thinking so carefully about the broader context of his novel and including it for the reader.I enjoyed John the Pupil, by the end I was thoroughly pulled into John s mission, and hoping to see him succeed I wasn t happy with the narration style keeping me at a distance from the action, but if that description doesn t bother you, John is a worthwhile read

  4. Sarah Beth says:

    I won an uncorrected proof copy of this novel as a Goodreads giveaway This work of historical fiction is the story of John the Pupil, who in 1267 is charged by his master at the monastery to take his great work to the pope John is able to take two companions with him, but he has lived at the monastery for most of his life and the world beyond represents evils and temptations beyond anything he has experienced John and his companions experience violence, kindness, lust, and a variety of other I won an uncorrected proof copy of this novel as a Goodreads giveaway This work of historical fiction is the story of John the Pupil, who in 1267 is charged by his master at the monastery to take his great work to the pope John is able to take two companions with him, but he has lived at the monastery for most of his life and the world beyond represents evils and temptations beyond anything he has experienced John and his companions experience violence, kindness, lust, and a variety of other worldly experiences while on the road Flusfeder has created an elaborate frame story for his novel to make it as closely identical to a work of non fiction as possible This includes a Note on the Text section that explains that the following work is a manuscript found among the collection of one Augustus Jessopp in the nineteenth century that the editor has translated and whose fragments he has arranged as closely as possible The mistakes that have been made here are the editor translator s own I am not a historian or a philologist, just a worker in language, whose path to John s manuscript has been an unlikely one that need not interrupt the reader s attention xv This seems like a blatant tongue in check message from the author about how he stumbled upon this fictional story that he has packaged as a non fictional text The accompanying chronicle of John s story is John s first hand account of his story a journal of his quest arranged not by date but by Saint s Day John typically spends some time recounting the saint for which each day is named before an account of his own day s events In the notes section that follow John s account, the translator says that one assumes that this first time that John has given us a summary of the acts of the saint whose day it is represents a youthful ambition he writes of adventures that he hopes will prefigure his own 206 Thus through his own journey, John is building his own story of adventure and heroism, which previously he was only able to read about Despite its pretensions, this novel does not, of course, read exactly like a manuscript from the thirteenth century John is much too introspective and detailed, and the language despite the translator s attempt to use only words that would have been known to John does not read like the formal, stilted writing of that century However, in the notes, Flusfeder writes, All historical novels are failures or, at best, metaphors, dressing up the present day in anachronistic disguise 212 So is this novel a farce Or a metaphor I can t help but feeling that this whole book is an elaborate tease of the author of his readers an elaborate ruse to force the reader to contemplate historical fiction in general and John s story as its relates to our own, in particular While John s quest experiences many setbacks and deviations, ultimately it helps him learnabout himself than he ever could under the tutelage of his masters at the monastery The journey I am making now is a mirror of the contemplative journey I took at the friary and there is another, higher one that mirrors this, from above, and which I was closer to in the schoolroom 172

  5. Rj says:

    Beautifully written and rich in imagery but the story didn t drive as much as I d hoped a medieval road movie would, even though it was technically packed with action and adventure The historical backing was sound and really interesting and although I thought reading a historically authentic dialogue would be a little tiresome it read naturally and was still relatable.

  6. Peter says:

    Written with a stunningly creative narrative voice, this is a brief but beautiful little book Highly recommended.

  7. Marvin says:

    A wonderfully strange, yet strangely familiar tale an account of a pilgrimage wherein the pilgrim faces and overcomes many a temptation The pilgrim is a pupil of Roger Bacon, a real 13th century scholar who sent his magnum opus to the pope In this tale, his star pupil John is the one tasked with the delivery entirely on foot except the channel passing from England to France, of course from Oxford to the papal residency in Vitertbo at the time The novel purports to be the journal John the A wonderfully strange, yet strangely familiar tale an account of a pilgrimage wherein the pilgrim faces and overcomes many a temptation The pilgrim is a pupil of Roger Bacon, a real 13th century scholar who sent his magnum opus to the pope In this tale, his star pupil John is the one tasked with the delivery entirely on foot except the channel passing from England to France, of course from Oxford to the papal residency in Vitertbo at the time The novel purports to be the journal John the Pupil kept along the way Many entries begin with a brief life of the saint whose saint day it is and who is often the subject of the preaching that the pilgrim does along the way I didn t really know quite what to make of those lives of the saints John is accompanied by two gentle but dim witted novices, and the bond they form along the way is one of the main themes of the story In the end, though, it is the pilgrim s solitary devotion to his mission that carries the story This was a welcome respite from the melancholy stories I ve been subjected to lately Although this one is not without deep sadness and even a little violence, the tone is entirely different and refreshing

  8. Norton Stone says:

    The entire book must be read as a fiction, from author s notes to the afterword With that in mind I have to acknowledge the author s brilliance in imagining and constructing the story and that is why it is worth 4 stars If you were to imagine a Canterbury Tale, which I did, I think you will be broadly disappointed with the story Perhaps in walking the fine line to keep the book s appearance as a real account the author resisted the opportunity to mine the comedic possibilities of John s journ The entire book must be read as a fiction, from author s notes to the afterword With that in mind I have to acknowledge the author s brilliance in imagining and constructing the story and that is why it is worth 4 stars If you were to imagine a Canterbury Tale, which I did, I think you will be broadly disappointed with the story Perhaps in walking the fine line to keep the book s appearance as a real account the author resisted the opportunity to mine the comedic possibilities of John s journey to deliver his master s book to the Pope Similarly the reference to the stories of various martyrs and saints at the head of each chapter is confusing at times if you re looking for atraditional narrative thread It is this that leaves you thinking the book has been written primarily for the clever clogs who are experts in this history who might see charming jokes invisible to the casual reader The book is relatively short but does feel long at times and I contemplated giving up but given that it has a mission to deliver something of a 13th century narrative I decided to press on.The fate of Daniel is expertly handled and the meeting with the Pope reward for hanging in there Some of the earlier escapes from peril are frankly ridiculous but John did need to complete his mission.For something very different and accomplished, perhaps something closer to a work of art than a novel, I would give this a go Works of art can nonetheless be confounding and difficult to understand.Approach with respect and some trepidation

  9. Keith says:

    This book positions you well in the 13th century medieval culture with the story of a pilgrim, the pupil of Francis Bacon, who has been sent on pilgrimage to carry his master s magnum opus to the Pope This is a delightful, if too short, read that is reminiscent of Umberto Eco s The Name of the Rose which is a master work itself What this volume lacks in length it makes up for in depth and in a skillfully executed story We re even left with ambiguity at the end as to what future path John th This book positions you well in the 13th century medieval culture with the story of a pilgrim, the pupil of Francis Bacon, who has been sent on pilgrimage to carry his master s magnum opus to the Pope This is a delightful, if too short, read that is reminiscent of Umberto Eco s The Name of the Rose which is a master work itself What this volume lacks in length it makes up for in depth and in a skillfully executed story We re even left with ambiguity at the end as to what future path John the Pupil took after his visit with the Pope Needless to say many of the discoveries waited centuries to be rebirthed so that in itself speaks volumes about what John the Pupil is relating to us It is at once a spiritual journey and a Chauceresque pilgirm s tale with the bawdy and the sacred mixing illustrating the very human nature of three young Fransciscans You must read this book You will definitely enjoy it

  10. Kathy says:

    I liked the cover I did not find this book enjoyable Within the first 17 pages the young man has gone from boy picked up from village due to his intellectual potential, put under tutelage of Roger Bacon with others who fall away through the years and sent out into the world with two other students under false flag of penitents John the Pupil expresses one wish after all these years of isolation from the world having been essentially locked up in a tower for a decade that he would like to take I liked the cover I did not find this book enjoyable Within the first 17 pages the young man has gone from boy picked up from village due to his intellectual potential, put under tutelage of Roger Bacon with others who fall away through the years and sent out into the world with two other students under false flag of penitents John the Pupil expresses one wish after all these years of isolation from the world having been essentially locked up in a tower for a decade that he would like to take leave of his father As he departs on the journey from Oxford to Viterbo with the task of delivering a book Bacon s writings to the Pope, he fancied seeing his father in a field beating a goat If you like the sound of this, it may be that you will enjoy the book as I could not