- By George Sylvester Viereck Paul Eldridge

My First Two Thousand Years: The Autobiography of the Wandering Jew

  • Title: My First Two Thousand Years: The Autobiography of the Wandering Jew
  • Author: George Sylvester Viereck Paul Eldridge
  • ISBN: 9781574091281
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • My First Two Thousand Years The Autobiography of the Wandering Jew The Wandering Jew is a cosmic symbol he is man he is woman he is sex he is history he is life itself

    The Wandering Jew is a cosmic symbol he is man, he is woman, he is sex, he is history, he is life itself.

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    1. Imagine: A man named Cartaphilus taunts Jesus on the way to the crucifixion, telling Jesus to hurry up. Jesus turns to the man and says, "I shall go but you shall tarry until I return." 30-year-old Cartaphilus ceases to age. The Good: Cartaphilus meets many historical figures through the centuries: Appolonious, Mohommed, Atilla, Leonardo da Vinci, Spinoza, Pope Alexander VI (a Borgia), Peter the Great, Martin Luther, and many, many more. He participates in and influences various fulcrums of hist [...]

    2. I found this book, and its two sequels, when I was working in a rest home. It's not a book you forget, and I was especially impressed by the third book, which is written from the point of view of his hominid sidekick and which does a great job of expounding Freud's then novel theories in lurid and fantastic fiction.I also found and read the set of Upton Sinclair's Lanny Budd adventures, which scratch a similar historical itch.What I didn't realise was that the first author was THE George Sylvest [...]

    3. Really long, but well worth the read. (Were you a Highlander fan? Imagine Methos's life story.) The writing was excellent and the walk through history intriguing.

    4. Long, but I loved "wandering through history" with the main character. I also marvel at realizing this book was written in 1929. I wanted it to continue thru to next century.

    5. This one was interesting, but mainly in a historical way. It tells the story of the Wandering Jew, sweeping across all of humanity's history from the crucifixion to World War I. But it's horridly dated. Viereck lets his antisemitism shine through his portrayals of Jews in history, so although the protagonist is more or less sympathetic, the sympathy is proportional to how he moves away from his heritage. There is also a great deal of sexually suggestive content which I'm sure was scandalous when [...]

    6. More than twenty years ago I ran across a hard-cover copy of this book at a garage sale, and subsequently read it. As I recall, it was fairly long, fairly decently done, mostly interesting or I probably wouldn't have finished it; and it had an intriguing premise. It was, I suppose, "sweeping", but no particular bits of it really stand out for me after all these years. In that sense it succeeded less (with me) than some other "autobiographies".

    7. This book was recommended by Dorothy Pinckney. I tried to read it a couple of times. Will try again some day.

    8. One of my all time favorites Would love to find a copy. I still remember a line (after 40 or so years),"Unendurable pleasure indefinitely prolonged".

    9. Almost didn't finish this one. Yes, the story is interesting (fun to encounter all those historical characters), but the misogyny and religious stereotyping in it became rather wearing.

    10. A fabulous blend of fantasy and history. Like its protagonist"," this book has withstood the test of time!

    11. Recommended to me by my Dad whom it had an impression on when he was young. It's quite a long rambling book dealing with the popular myth of the Wandering Jew but I enjoyed it.

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