Different in tone and intent from the author's other novels I have read, Disgrace and Life and Times of Michael K, this one has been called an allegory or a parable. Including Jesus in the title would make us expect a purpose in the events, a comment on the Biblical narratives, but any similarity is muted. The boy called David has or claims he has some unusual powers, yet we sense these only through their effects on his guardian Simon. Still, David's statements are sometimes as puzzling or as unexpected as those of the historical Jesus, so perhaps these traits have suggested the character in the book. Respect for the author keeps me reading this rather bland story and looking forward to reading its two sequels.

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