R&R 010 | Lamb

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Resurrected by Raziel ("The Stupidest Angel"), Christ's childhood friend Biff is asked (well, forced) to reveal the happenings of the first 30 years of the life of perhaps the most influential individual in all of human history: Jesus Christ. What with all the presently existing gospels, no one yet knows what Jesus was like in his earlier years.

Armed with his usually over-active imagination, Christopher Moore delivers his adventurous, crazy and colourful interpretation of the childhood, adolescence and early adulthood of Christ, accompanied by his friends Biff and Mary Magdalene (!) - in a funny and inventive manner.

Naturally some sections of the story were completely over the top, but with Christopher Moore's satirical style, that was to be expected.

Not only was this a bold move on Moore's part, but it is also a brilliant concept to start with, to basically chronicle Jesus' early years. Though there was the necessary eye-rolling juvenile humor - sorry Christopher - I don't think any other author could have persuaded me to really be interested in reading this.

As someone who does not believe in God and consequently does not have any personal affinity towards Christianity or the bible, I was able (with an open mind and spirit) to truly enjoy reading this book.

Even though I am not a Christian or religious in any other form and thus could not have been offended either way - I must stress to those who might suspect to feel otherwise, that Christopher Moore's book does not appear to be offensive or ignorant at all.

Moore has thoroughly researched the subject, and I feel very strongly that he has kept Jesus Christ absolutely respectable...! (Biff, not so much.)

But more so, he has given him a endearing human side, which was incredibly refreshing.

He was, after all, just a boy once. Allow yourself to imagine that. (And to have some laughs while you’re at it.)

4/5

February 24th 2008

In the story Reading & Reviewing.

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