Lamb : The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
12 journalers for this copy...
A very irreverent "gospel", with some thoughtful bits hidden.
I'll be sending this out on a ray once I've finished it.
If you have come to these pages for laughter may you find it.
If you are here to be offended, may your ire rise and your blood boil.
If you seek an adventure, may this story sing you away to blissful escape.
If you need to test or confirm your beliefs, may you reach comfortable conclusions.
All books reveal perfection, by what they are or by what they are not.
May you find that which you seek, in these pages or outside them.
May you find perfection, and know it by name.
Fairly standard for bookrays, I guess.
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It was funny, touching, and thought provoking. What more can you ask for? And amazingly enough, I was kept guessing right up to the end.
The book tells the story of Joshua, the Messiah (the narrator explains right at the beginning that Jesus is the Greek version of his name) and his quest to find out what it meant to be Messiah. Where the conventional gospels may or may not mention the birth, then skip to adulthood, this book fills in the gaps.
Definitely tongue in cheek in places, and often laugh-out-loud funny, the book also makes the characters so real and believable that I was emotionally involved in the ending as never before. I'm not sure which bit I liked the best - filling in the gaps at the beginning, or when Biff's gospel runs parallel to the real gospels and often gives a different spin to familiar stories. The author says in his notes at the end "The problem arises, however, that if the reader knows the Bible well enough to recognize the real references, there's a good chance that he or she has decided not to read this book." Fortunately, I do know the Bible well enough, and I did read this book. And I thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
Now I'm off to add other Christopher Moore books to my wish list, and this book is off as a bookray.
May all the other readers enjoy it :-)
Biff has been raised from the dead by Raziel, a TV soap addicted angel, to write his gospel - the story of Jesus's childhood and adolescence. Biff and Joshua (as Jesus is called throughout the book) are best mates and Biff accompanies Joshua on his search for knowledge and enlightenment providing a healthy dose of reality and cynicism at regular intervals. Biff also invents sarcasm and I will remain eternally grateful to him for that! There is a deeper level to this book under the humour - I seem to have been reading a lot of books with religious themes recently and they have all been thought-provoking. An interesting idea in this book is that Joshua (Jesus) allows himself to be killed almost as an act of defiance and rebellion against his father (God).
On the basis of this book I will certainly be seeking out other books by Christopher Moore.
Thanks for the chance to read it Loopy1, I'll be seeking out more work by Christopher Moore and a copy of this treasure for myself. Will send it onto Weebly tomorrow - weather permitting.
Many thanks Loopy for sharing. Maybe I hould now ask to be added to the practical demonkeeping book doing the rounds!
Sent to Jeremy today.
Currently waiting for an address...
...on its way to LeighBCD.
I have sent a PM to vi0let for address... I think she may be on vacation as I have been trying to contact her in relation to another book for a while now. I will wait a little while longer and if I still do not hear from her, I will contact the next person in the list.
Thanks loopy1 for a great bookray!
Off to vi0let in Finland... I hope you like the book!
The writing is just wonderful. Reminded me of Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman sometimes, and I caught myself laughing aloud often, while the ending aroused wholly different feelings.
Next this is going to BlossomU!
I enjoyed very much the other novels by Moore I had read, and I loved a couple of irreverent takes on the Messiah thing - the already cited Good Omens, and Life of Brian, and a few less famous ones. But, big but, I am afraid this version really did not work for me. The message was trivial, almost like some sort of catalogue of religious influences, the humor was pun based, and it´s a novel which seemed to be very directed at some american mindset. Now I am not american, nor were those people, so yeah, it failed to keep my interest. In all, too long, trying too hard to be funny, and not particularly moving - to me at least, mileage varies.
PS - book shipped to lesezeichen Monday May 31st.
The book goes off to Boucli tomorrow, who is in for a few delightful hours! Thanks loopy, for sharing this wonderful novel! I'll certainly be looking out for more by this author.
And thanks to Lesezeichen too, especially for this funny giraffe lesezeichen, ...sorry,... bookmark !
(and thanks to the german post services too : two days with a book mailing rate, I wish the french post services would do the same !)
Just a few pages left to the book i'm reading, and Lamb is next !
I agree with BlossumU about the "american aspect" of it, though (regarding the way they make coffee taste better, for example...I like it strong and bitter !)...
But anyway, thanks, loopy1, for this ring, I enjoyed it, and I'll definitely read more of Christopher Moore's books !
Next stop : Brazil !
sent to Chivers, july 6th