Friday, July 22, 2011

Book #3: LAMB The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend

1. My sister-in-law gave this to me because she didn't get it read for her book club in Reno. 2. It's fiction, so if you think that the Satanic Verses or DaVinci Code or similar works are blasphemy, you will not enjoy this at all. 3. The author, Christopher Moore, did his homework. He doesn't miss an opportunity for imagination or punchline. He developed a very clever character in Biff the best friend, albeit one a bit over-sexed.

I was hooked immediately with the the opening paragraphs describing "Josh" (short for Yeshua) practicing re-animation with a lizard at the water well. Biff describes how Josh's younger brother plays with a lizard, smashes its head until death then hands it to his older brother. Josh puts it in his mouth and viola, it's alive again (to which best friend Biff yells to the inattentive mothers, "unclean! unclean!").

Imagining all the years between 2 and 32 in Jesus' life is not small feat and Moore conjures up an elaborate set of events, primarily surrounding some of the Messiah's first worshippers. My hat is off to him in this respect.

While some parts were tedious, others very witty, and some too graphic for my taste, in the end, it was a touching tale.

If you've got the stomach for it, give it a try!

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