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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal.

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lambI have been with my partner for 2 years and 9 months, and during nearly that entire time, he has been asking me to read one of his favorite books, Lamb.   Though I’d started it several times, I’d never gotten to the meat of it until this time around, and I’m glad I did.

The premise of the book is summed up rather well by its subtitle: Christ’s childhood best friend is asked to write one of the missing gospels explaining exactly what Jesus did from ages 12 until 30, a time period omitted by the New Testament.  And thus, Biff offers his memories on exactly how Joshua (Christ) accepted that he was the Messiah, by visiting the three wise men to learn about the world, and then returning eventually to be crucified.

This book is highly readable and enjoyable, with a great many jokes- the angel watching over Biff to make sure he completes his work is entraced by soap operas, for example- and you should expect to get out of it exactly what you’re looking for, just as Moore alludes to in his blessing:

If you have come to these pages for laughter, may you find it.
If you are to be offended, may your ire rise and your blood boil.
If you seek an adventure, may this story sing you away to blissful escape.
If you need to test or confirm your beliefs, may you reach comfortable conclusions.
All books reveal perfection, by what they are or what they are not.
May you find that which you seek,in these pages or outside them.
May you find perfection, and know it by name.

I myself gleaned a few quotes on compassion from Lamb, a good talk with my partner about religion and exactly how the humanizing of Christ is helpful to the reader, a lot of laughter, and sympathy for all of the dumbf*cks out there.  You should know that Joshua wanted to include you in the Beautitudes (the blesseds) and Biff said no.  Blame him for the fact that the meek are inheriting the earth and not you.
(Joshua) “No wankers. I’ve got it: Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.”
(Biff) “Okay, better.  What are you going to give them?”
“A fruit basket.”
“You can’t give the meek the whole earth and these guys a fruit basket.”
“Give them the kingdom of heaven.”
“The poor in spirit got that.”
“Everybody gets some.”
“Okay  then, ‘share the Kingdom of Heaven,’ ” I wrote it down.
“We could give the fruitbasket to the dumbf*cks.”
“Sorry, I just feel for them.”
“You feel for everyone, Josh.  It’s your job.”
“Oh yeah.  I forgot.
And so the Sermon on the Mount came about, and Dick Cheney was  denied a fruitbasket.

Written by questionsandanchors

January 20, 2009 at 10:05 pm

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    Well, not you personally, but y’know.

    Are you going to read _Cloud Atlas_ now?! HUH?!


    January 22, 2009 at 2:21 pm

  2. This book was AMAZING, I actually did it for a school project =) i couldn’t put it down. And it really amuses me to see how many people got upset over it. If they just read the book they’d have seen nothing was wrong with it.


    April 14, 2009 at 7:13 am

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