As the nation’s number one education news site, Young Academic is totally committed to all things academia. The obviously includes encouraging all forms of literature. Our latest book review focuses on The Green Messiah, a provocative work that may have the more left wing amongst you quite riveted.
Luke Andreski, author of Green Messiah, has been distributing fragments of his novel for a very long time. He has been seen, like a member of the cults he describes, handing out evangelical-style leaflets at the London Book Fair in Earl’s Court. Literary agents and publishers were warned of the coming of an environmentalist messiah – and afterwards some admitted to being profoundly intimidated by the author’s rather grim and ascetic presence.
Previews of Green Messiah have been publicised by the ecologist and philosopher William Tarkovsky on Facebook and other social media. Extracts of the work abound in the blogosphere, on LinkedIn, Myspace, Ushi and Twitter. And now, at last, Luke Andreski is serialising the novel on Amazon and via his website www.lukeandreski.com, with the first two instalments published in the past week.
Green Messiah is a story of incest, cult religion and the threat of global warming.
The main protagonist, Marshal, is seduced by his sister when he is only ten. At the age of eighteen he joins the Savantologists, a sinister cult spreading throughout Europe and the UK. A year later professional cult extractor Graham Dean kidnaps Marshal and successfully deprograms him, returning him to his family and home. At the age of twenty-two Marshal discovers a new and better cult, New Creationism… And then all hell breaks loose.
William Tarkovsky’s interest in the novel lies in the fact that New Creationism is the humanist, environmental philosophy which he developed at the start of the millennium. It was in collaboration with Luke Andreski that he published the seminal volumes A Green Philosophy and The Book of New Creation.
Green Messiah is about environmental, economic and psychological angst. As one character in the novel says, ‘Knowledge is what is making Marshal ill – so, in a sense, why shouldn’t he be ill? He’s right to be ill. He cares too much. And he knows too much. He knows too much about the mess the world’s in, about the crap we’re all headed for, about the impending environmental apocalypse – and he knows that there’s absolutely nothing any of us can do about it.’
Review provided by author Luke Andreski.