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Gore Vidal (–) was born Eugene Luther Vidal, later adopting the surname of his grandfather, Senator Thomas Gore, as his first name. Well known as a. MESSIAH: A Novel. [Gore. Vidal] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Messiah [Gore Vidal, Elizabeth A. Lynn] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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Gore Vidal and the UFOs

In this novel from the early s, Gore Vidal sets forth a picture of what a modern messiah might look like. Interestingly, as the novel was being written, a new American religion was birthing under the midwifery of L. Ron Hubbard — Scientology. That conviction, coming on him with the force of revelation, prompts the young man to share his realization with others.

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Surprisingly, they listen, and even more surprisingly, they think others should, too. His penetrating gaze normally veiled, hooded, or sheathedwhen turned on individuals or crowds, penetrates through all intellectual considerations, questions and doubts.


To see and hear Cave in action is at once to believe — and to be united to him on a deep personal level. A tightly-knit organization, operating as a marketing company, soon forms around John Cave. This is Eugene Luther, who in an obvious reflection of his ecclesiastical counterpart, speaks out against the new suicide cult.

He has hit upon the key element that neither Cave nor his followers are willing to confront: He must make love to death, mate with it. That is, he himself must commit suicide, or repudiate his message.

To be Cave, he must take Cavesway unto himself. The tale of Cave, the modern messiah, his dark mesmerism, the foundation of a world-changing religion, would all tend to make a grand motion picture. The only problem — perhaps messiha — is the technology utilised by Cavite, Inc. One might imagine the Cavites eventually producing some telecasts, of course, but what about the capabilities of the home, business, school — the ubiquitous — PC, in all its rapidly changing forms?


The novel gives the Cavite mission almost three years to spread through the world. Still, the book is worth reading for its mordant wit and its delicate balance between satire and genuine, heart-rending drama.

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