Godbody

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

While driving through a mountain range early one morning, Dan Currier, a man of God, meets a being with fine reddish hair and eyes of a rich, indescribable hue; the way his body seems to move through the wood, as if gliding on air, tells Currier that this is no ordinary man. In fact, he is Godbody, a mysterious Christlike figure who has slowly begun to reveal himself to members of the Reverend Currier’s town. After their brief encounter, Currier finds himself unable to move, the electricity of Godbody’s divine touch still flowing within him. He instinctively knows that a significant personal transformation has occurred.

Imbued with a mounting sense of passion, Currier returns home and makes love to his wife Liza with a fervor that surprises--almost shocks--them both. “I am the way and the life,” he announces to her afterward, in a voice he scarcely recognizes. Godbody, it seems, has just started to work his benevolent magic.

GODBODY is written in multiple first person, a clever device superbly executed by the author; each chapter is narrated by a given character (from Liza Currier to Harrison Salz, a morally corrupt sheriff’s deputy), in his or her unique style of observation and speech.

Each chapter provides a link in the chain of events common to the cast of characters. Before his preordained end, Godbody has made a lasting impression on these troubled individuals, who come to consider the wisdom of his dying words:...

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Godbody Literary Techniques

Godbody consists of eight brief first-person narratives, followed by a third-person account of the "resurrection." The narratives are...

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Godbody Literary Precedents

Given the essentially materialistic premises of science fiction, it is surprising how many writers in the field have played around with the...

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