Sunday, June 14, 2015

"From my way of thinking, sodomizing the Son of God is really, really bad"

Lamb by Christopher Moore
This one guy ...
I can't recall where I fished up Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (2002) by absurdist author Christopher Moore, but I'm glad that I did. I had no familiarity with Moore's work and I had no idea that this book even existed, but when I stumbled upon it the title alone immediately convinced me. Without so much as a second thought, I ordered it from and ran through it like a trembling train upon arrival.

The skinny

Lamb tells the story of Jesus between his birth and his thirtieth birthday. The narrator is Biff, Christ's childhood pal who is resurrected in the 20th Century to complete the missing parts of the bible. Over the course of 20 years, as the duo travels Eastward to consult the Three Wise Men, Jesus/Joshua learns, through trial and error, how to become the Messiah. Biff, on the other hand, learns Jew-Do, invents sarcasm, and masters the Kama Sutra, among others.

The review

Thanks to Moore's fertile imagination and his vessel/protagonist "Levi bar Alphaeus who is called Biff", Jesus's trusted childhood pal, the Savior's lost years are finally pieced together. Biff, who is resurrected to tell the story of Christ, spills the beans on how he and the Son of God journeyed together, learning Confucius from Balthasar, Budhism from Gaspar, and the Divine Spark/Holy Ghost from Melchior. Their wonderfully hilarious adventures are peppered with kung fu, demons, babes, and wisecracks, making for an awesomely silly read.

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