|This is a dazed bird that crashed into the Formerly Crappy Casita.
It’s got nothing to do with this post, but I didn’t have any other pictures to illustrate this book.
Hello! It’s been a while since I wrote a book review for Sitzbook, so I really need to catch up. As a quick re-cap, I’ve been reading a book a week for the last two years. At this moment, I still have 7 more to go before the end of the year, so December will be a busy month for reading. It will also have quite a few reviews, since another goal for my project this year was to write at least a short review for each book. I know that no one really cares that much about my opinions regarding any given book, but I do, and I like to look back on old blog posts to remember what I thought about things, including books, of course.
Anyhow, today I’ll start to bring us up to speed by reviewing a book I finished a few months ago. To do that I’ll stick with the format I stole and adapted from AnnaLisa, which will feature the categories of “The Good,” “The Not-So-Good,” and “Should You Read It?” But this time I’ll also add a few quotes.
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
The Good: Brad recommended this book to me and thus far, his recommendations have all been hits. It tells the story –no, it makes up the story– of Jesus as a child and young man, as seen through the eyes of his childhood buddy Biff. It’s a bit satirical, of course, but not in a disrespectful way. However, I realize that religion is a perennially touchy subject so if you don’t like the idea of a Jesus who is different from the scripture you’ve read, then just steer clear of the book to avoid controversy. I thought it was quite funny, though.
The Not-So-Good: Actually I thought it was all well-written, and it made me want to check out more by Moore. Although like I said, if books that look at religion in a joking way bother you, don’t read this one.
Should You Read It? If books that look at religion in a joking way don’t bother you, then yes.
A Few Quotes:
“That’s the difference between irony and sarcasm. Irony can be spontaneous, while sarcasm requires volition. You have to create sarcasm.”
(Biff is talking about the gospels, which he has discovered in a hotel Bible while being kidnapped by an angel and forced to write his own gospel):
“Mark begins with the baptism, at thirty! Where did these guys get their stories? ‘I once met a guy in a bar who knew a guy whose sister’s best friend was at the baptism of Joshua bar Joseph of Nazareth, and here’s the story as best as he could remember it.'”
“A wall is the defense of a country that values inaction. But a wall imprisons the people of a country as much as it protects them.”
And to finish, this quote is actually by the author, in the acknowledgements section at the end of the book:
“Finally, this story was set in a dire time, a deadly serious time, and the world of the first-century Jew under the rule of the Romans would not have been one that easily inspired mirth. It’s more than a small anachronism that I portray Joshua having and making fun, yet somehow, I like to think that while he carried out his sacred mission, Jesus of Nazareth might have enjoyed a sense of irony and the company of a wisecracking buddy. This story is not and never was meant to challenge anyone’s faith; however, if one’s faith can be shaken by stories in a humorous novel, one may have a bit more praying to do.”
So! One more down, a lot more to go. Tell me if you’ve read this, or have any thoughts or comments. Thanks for reading, and have a good one!
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