Sunday, September 22, 2013
Lamb by Christopher Moore
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2009.
e-book, 420 pps.
Christopher Moore on Twitter is @TheAuthorGuy. His official website is found at: http://www.chrismoore.com/ .
I picked up Lamb, knowing only that it was a humorous take on the life of Christ. I was wrong. Christopher Moore penned a hysterical take on Jesus, his best friend Biff [a.k.a. Levi], the girl they both wanted, disciples and apostles, the missing years, and everything.
Jesus was sort of an innocent in this book. His too-honest ways got him into trouble more often than not. Biff was there to drag him out of tight spots during their childhoods and afterwards. Of women and fornication, Jesus was curious. Biff had to satisfy this curiosity by-- well, by hiring sex workers of the feminine persuasion-- engaging in this particular sin within earshot of the Christ.
The two traveled about looking for the three wise men that were present after the birth of Jesus in the stable. What they found was far more mysterious and entertaining. There is a yeti-- charming and charmed by the presence of Jesus at the same time. There are gentle pokes at the Buddha Nature as the two trekked all over the known world so Jesus could learn how to be the Messiah. We know from the official gospels that it ends badly for Jesus. The crucifixion was present in Lamb also, with a twist.
sapphoq reviews says: I adored Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. Christopher Moore's masterpiece left me catching my breath from laughing too hard and snorting my tea out of my nostrils. An excellent read, not to be missed. Highly recommended.