If I had to summarize this book in a line or two, it would go something like this:
This is the story of Jesus’ early life of which no records have been found in the Bible. It has been narrated by Biff, Christ’s best friend, who has been resurrected two thousand years later just for that purpose.
And in a few words:
Well researched, witty and downright hilarious!
The author Christopher Moore has done his research so well it is sometimes hard to believe that what you’re reading is actually just a work of fiction. The author has set up the story in such a way that Biff has been resurrected in the present age and hence the use of modern American lingo. And the angel who has accompanied him is obsessed with soap operas and Spider-Man!
Personally, I loved every aspect of the book. I like the fact the Joshua bar Joseph a.k.a. Jesus Christ has been depicted as any other child who is on the quest to find out his destiny. And like every superhero he has a sidekick & best friend: Levi who is called Biff.
Biff is what you’d call a troublemaker; he claims to have invented sarcasm and is prone to carnal desires. Yet through all his peculiarities he sticks by Jesus’ side and understands the mission he has set on with his friend who claims that he is in fact the Messiah.
Christopher Moore has woven this enchanting tale of two best friends very cleverly around the tales we already know from the Bible. The story begins when Biff meets Joshua for the first time. It goes on to include the various characters we’ve already read about, e.g. Mary Magdalene (who, by the way is not for once, depicted as a slut here). The adventures of Joshua and Biff, during the search of the Magi constitute a major portion of the book.
This is one of those books which could make people look at you as though you’re crazy, because you’d be laughing every five minutes or so. Or it could offend you. In the words of the author,
“This story is not and never was meant to challenge anyone’s faith; however, if one’s faith can be shaken by stories in a humorous novel, one may have a bit more praying to do.”
And I wholeheartedly agree. For even though the book weaves a more ‘chilled out’ version of the Messiah the true essence of Christ is still kept intact.
I would definitely recommend this book to everyone one out there. This book has permanently found a spot on my top 10 favorite books list.
Until next time,