Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour. Be', veramente uno lo è stato. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. From when Biff told Jesus he was going to marry his mother when they were little tykes all the way to the end, Biff makes what could be a fairly boring religious story into an odyssey of the hilarious. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her.
I'd wanted to read this for a long time, but whenever I browsed the Moore books in the adult section, it was never to be found. But they grew to be fast friends, and everywhere that young Joshua went, so went his buddy Biff. Well, since it never really deviated from actual events, I would have to say righteous. Along the way, they learn the ways of the Buddhists, Hindu's and even walk into a cult sacrifice ceremony, before finally returning home. But it did, and you are lead to believe that he drinks it.
Biff is needed to write a gospel. So of course I loved it. I was skeptical of this book. It's highly irreverent and very funny. It is the Gospel According to Biff, the best friend of Joshua bar Joseph, the man who would one day be called Jesus Christ. It reminded me of the off kilter slightly irreverent I loved it.
I could have been this delighted such a long time ago! And great for traveling across Texas! The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. There's a Remember back in 9th grade when you wrote a wonderful, insightful papers for every assignment and then, eventually, you got cocky, got drunk on your own brilliance, got sloppy and lazy with self assurance? Αξίζει να παλέψει κανείς για μία ιδέα; Αξίζει να αφήσεις τα πάντα πίσω και να προχωρήσεις γυμνός για αυτά που πιστεύεις, που ξέρεις ότι είναι αλήθεια; Πόσο μπορεί να αλλοιώσει η θρησκεία μία πίστη; Είναι τελικά οι θρησκείες τόσο διαφορετικές μεταξύ τους; Και το κύριο ερώτημα όλων, ποιος πραγματικά νοιάζεται αν θα φάμε τελικά μπέικον; Ένα απο τα ωραιότερα βιβλία που διάβασα μέσα στην χρονιά σίγουρα πριν το ξεκινήσω δεν το περίμενα. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis. I mean a guy could do worse.
I'll snag it next time. Von da ab wird Peters Leben kompliziert, denn Inspector Thomas Nightingale, Exzentriker, Jaguar-Fahrer und letzter Zauberer Englands macht ihn kurzerhand zu seinem Lehrling. Certainly it was an enjoyable enough read. I havent sweated so much in my life. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations. The point where the novel diverges sharply from the established Gospels is in the theory that Joshua needed to learn how to become a Messiah and so he set out in search of knowledge from the three wise men that have reportedly showed up at his birth.
You really have to read the book to find out. Once the book got to the part that is written, it was much harder for me to find the humor in certain things. It's a brilliant book, in my top ten. It is also a proof that, despite claims from Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter fans, the Life of Jesus remains The Greatest Story Ever Told, able to capture the imagination and the hearts of readers two thousand years after it was first copyrighted. The adventures that the two of them have in the years between their childhood and the period described by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are great. Asia figures prominently, Buddhism, an Asian aesthetic.
The story ends, of course, with the crucifixion, which brought a tear to my eye, even though it was not drawn out or graphic or gory. His goal in life was to be a professional mourner, or failing that, a village idiot. I was offended, but not for any of the religious jabs. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. It's too easy to earn praise by casting stones. It holds up well on a second read and served to fill a nostalgia for Kurt Vonnegut, whose death I may not ever get over.
That's what happened for me. Perfect for a long drive, or a whole weekend of cooking for Easter dinner! So, I can say if you are a die-hard Moore fan or you enjoy satire, give this one a go. I was raised in a Christian household and knew the story of Jesus forwards and backwards. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. Or how bunnies became associated with bad J. Although Moore admits it's hard to write a story set in this time and place because of the lack of knowledge of the period, he does an admirable job and it's entirely believable.