The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix

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  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix
  • Paul Sussman
  • English
  • 07 February 2017
  • 0857522183

About the Author: Paul Sussman

He was educated at Merchant Taylors School and St John s College, Cambridge, where he won a Joseph Larmor Award and a boxing blue His novels have been translated into 33 languages and are set mainly in Egypt, where he worked for many years as a field archaeologist, notably with the Amarna Royal Tombs Project in the Valley of the Kings Among other finds, he unearthed the only items of pharaonic jewellery to have been excavated in the Valley since the discovery of Tutankhamun in 1922 As a journalist he was a long time contributor to the The Big Issue, where he won a Periodical Publishers Association Columnist of the Year Award for his satirical In The News column He has also written for, among others, The Independent, The Guardian, The Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, Cosmopolitan and CNN.com.On 31st May 2012, Paul Sussman died suddenly from a ruptured aneurysm, leaving a wife and two sons.http en.wikipedia.org wiki Paul_Sus


The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius PhoenixMy name is Raphael Ignatius Phoenix and I am a hundred years old or will be in ten days time, in the early hours of January 1st, 2000, when I kill myself Raphael Ignatius Phoenix has had enough Born at the beginning of the 20th century, he is determined to take his own life as the old millennium ends and the new one begins But before he ends it all, he wants to get his affairs in order and put the record straight, and that includes making sense of his own long life a life that spanned the century He decides to write it all down and, eschewing the usual method of pen and paper, begins to record his story on the walls of the isolated castle that is his final home Beginning with a fateful first adventure with Emily, the childhood friend who would become his constant companion, Raphael remembers the multitude of experiences, the myriad encounters and, of course, the ten murders he committed along the way.And so begins one man s wholly unorthodox account of the twentieth century or certainly his own riotous, often outrageous, somewhat unreliable and undoubtedly singular interpretation of it. Read The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix – scottishhomebakingawards.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix

  1. Mohammed Arabey says:

    Think of Forrest Gump, But in backward..with every meaning of Backward Where Life is not like a box of Chocolate, it s like a box of deathly bullets You never know WHO are you gonna give ,Oh and a Pill.Not only bullets, 10 to be exact,there s also The Pill, One and half grains of strychnine, one and half grains of arsenic, half a grain of salt of hydrocyanic acid and half of a grain of crushed ipecacuanha root..With this deathly Pill, Raphael Ignatius Phoenix R.I.P gonna end his life. Think of Forrest Gump, But in backward..with every meaning of Backward Where Life is not like a box of Chocolate, it s like a box of deathly bullets You never know WHO are you gonna give ,Oh and a Pill.Not only bullets, 10 to be exact,there s also...

  2. Marie says:

    I m quite sad to have come to the end of the book, it is one of those rare books for me which I wish would go on forever, so delightful is its atmosphere and tone It is written in an engaging style and the narrator protagonist is one of these anti heroes that are so endearing to the reader It is also very well crafted starting from the present time and spooling back into the past and it affords the reader an overview of the whole of the 20th century in England and the States.Most of all, I m quite sad to have come to the end of the book, it is one of those rare books for me which I wish would go on forever, so delightful is its atmosphere and tone It is written in an engaging style and the narrator protagonist is one of these anti heroes that are so endea...

  3. Miles says:

    As soon as I saw the title of this book The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix I knew I wanted to read it, it s as simple as that really I can t tell you why, I just did Maybe the title reminded me of one of my favourite films The Princess Bride and its main character Inigo Montoya who proclaimed that you killed his father, pr...

  4. Mandy says:

    What an original and delightful book this is It languished in the author s desk after being rejected yet again, it astonishes me just how short sighted publishers can be until after his all too early death when his wife retrieved it and prepared it for publication Paul Sussman had gone on to write some well received detective novels but this first book is quite different quirky, slightly surreal and absurd, but rooted firmly enough in reality to make both plot and main character easy to What an original and delightful book this is It languished in the author s desk after being rejected yet again, it astonishes me just how short sighted publishers can be until after his all too early death when his wife retrieved it and prepared it for publication Paul Sussman had gone on to write some well received detective novels but this first book is quite different quirky, slightly surreal and abs...

  5. John Herbert says:

    How truly incredible to believe that at one time the author, Paul Sussman, had given up on the manuscript for this book, and after he sadly died in May 2012 we, the reader, had the good fortune that his wife picked it up again and co edited the final draft, which portrays the magical humour of the author.Raphael Ignatius Phoenix RIP was born at the beginning of the 20th century and will be 100 years old as the millennium ends.He is determined to write his fantastical life story on the castle How truly incredible to believe that at one time the author, Paul Sussman, had given up on the manuscript for this book, and after he sadly died in May 2012 we, the reader, had the good fortune that his wife picked it up again and co edited the final draft, which portrays the magical humour of the author.Raphael...

  6. Elena Petreska says:

    I started out liking this book and by the end I could not wait to finish it and just be done I loved the initial story but nothing interesting ever happened really The ending in particular disappointed me, as I kept hoping for a grand finish that essentially just flopped Complete waste of my time.

  7. Patrick says:

    Usually I distrust these novels with wordy titles They have a certain rhythm which you know when you see it I m sure some of them are well intentioned, but many strike me as intended to catch the reader s eye in a bookshop full of otherwise indistinguishable coloured spines So when I picked this up in my local library, I thought this might be one of those But then I flicked through the pages at random and thought the writing was rather good Quite funny A bit silly A bit lewd All things I Usually I distrust these novels with wordy titles They have a certain rhythm which you know when you see it I m sure some of them are well intentioned, but many strike me as intended to catch the reader s eye in a bookshop full of otherwise indistinguishable coloured spines So when I picked this up in my local library, I thought this might be one of those But then I flicked through the pages at random and thought the writing was rather good Quite funny A bit silly A bit lewd All things I like So I took it home And I enjoyed it very much I knew nothing about Paul Sussman beforehand, so I was surprised to discover that before the main text comes a foreword In this, he is introduced, and it is explained to the reader that this book was not actually published in the author s lifetime Begun in the early years of his career, the manuscript was worked on over many years while he achieved some commercial and critical success with a series of four a...

  8. Sarah Badman-flook says:

    Lively, fast paced and you cannot help but fall for Raphael Ignatius Phoenix.

  9. Juli Rahel says:

    The first thing that drew me to this novel was its spectacular cover, but it was nothing compared to the curiosity that hit me when I read the first few lines of the synopsis I knew I wanted to read it and skipped over the rest of the synopsis which I now consider a good thing because everything was a surprise.There is something spectacularly absurd about this novel Absurdist fiction explores human behaviour by placing the characters in circumstances that seem utterly without purpose and The first thing that drew me to this novel was its spectacular cover, but it was nothing compared to the curiosity that hit me when I read the first few lines of the synopsis I knew I wanted to read it and skipped over the rest of the synopsis which I now consider a good thing because everything was a sur...

  10. Elizabeth Grieve says:

    Hmm after finishing this book I felt regret that I d spent my time on it I don t mind surreal, far fetched stories, but the main character here was so utterly vile, and other characters were almost cartoon like with unnecessarily silly made up names , that I kept hoping for something better to come along, some redeeming factor to explain things However, that didn t happen It was, for the most part, well written, but with a number of errors which really should have been picked up by an Hmm after finishing this book I felt regret that I d spent my time on it I don t mind surreal, far fetched stories, but the main character here was so utterly vile, and other characters were almost cartoon like with unnecessarily silly made up names , that I kept hoping for something be...