2006
03.12

I recently discovered a great author named Christopher Moore. His style is humorous, which is very different from the books I normally read. I have been in a historical fiction marathon for nearly two years. I’ve read Jean Plaidy, Philippa Gregory, Margaret George, and Robin Maxwell, among others. I’ve learned mostly about British History, but also the biblical era, ancient Egypt and even historical Japan. What tempted me to pick up Christopher Moore’s book is that it has a historical theme.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal may be lacking in true historical substance, but it is, however, the funniest book I’ve ever read. I laughed on nearly every page. I am the perfect subject to read this book, because I was once Christian and now non-religious. I understand all of the jokes and irony, but appreciate it‘s blasphemous nature.

Here’s a little synopsis:

Being as there is nothing in the Bible about Jesus’ life from birth until age 30, an angel is sent to have a Gospel written by someone who was there. Biff was resurrected and held in a hotel room by the angel, who gets hooked on TV and thinks it is real (during wrestling he yells “Kick that punk’s punk ass!”)

Biff met Josh (Jesus) at the age of six. They played as most children did, except Josh was able to perform little miracles. As they were growing up, Josh had Biff testing the world of sin and describing it to him, so he could understand it without actually doing it. They traveled and learned other cultures and the ways of the wise men. Josh was continually searching for the answer to life and ultimately his role in his father’s plans (his father being God).

The story is told in modern American dialect. Who would have ever thought that Jesus may have said, “Just fuckin’ with you?”

I had a great time with this book and I can’t wait to start another Chris Moore novel.

  1. I can’t remember the last time I read a good book. Actually, I can barely remember the last time I read ANY book. It’s been probably about a year, and that’s my fault, because one I started reading again I expected to keep reading and failed.

  2. This is a funny book. Arleigh is not kidding about laughing at every page. I never heard her laugh so much. I couldn’t get any sleep.

  3. I am glad that you read this book because it means I am off the hook for an update today. Yay!