Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore is a witty, thought-provoking, irreverent, hilarious novel about Biff, the fella the Bible forgot to include. He writes about adventures he and his best buddy (who happens to be THE Jesus) had: learning the teachings of Lao Tzu while living in caves; becoming almost Buddhists while learning Kung Fu; and doing a lot of the stuff most of us are familiar with from Christianity. The book is bound to piss off some Christian.
If you were going to be at a dinner party with other (living) authors, who would you hope the other guests would be?
Hmmm. Living? Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut, Nick Hornby, Terry Pratchett, Dave Barry, Stephen Frye, Hugh Laurie, Billy Collins, Calvin Trillan, and Bill Bryson. And only under the condition that I don’t have to say anything.
Made me laugh.
I’ve since read Moore’s:
- Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings: an often silly, but original and educational story about whales and why they sing, sorta. The story was getting too incredible for me towards the end, but still enjoyable.
- Coyote Blue: I enjoyed this more than Fluke, but less than Lamb. It’s about a guy who left his native indian heritage in the past due to an incident, when one day the indian spirits decide to haunt him in a good way.
A big thanks to Rebecca for recommending Lamb to me, introducing me to Moore.