Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.
©2002 Christopher Moore; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"Moore...gets style points for his wild imagination as Biff recalls his journey with Jesus...into and out of the clutches of Balthasar, then into a Buddhist monastery in China and finally off to India, where they dabble in the spiritual and erotic aspects of Hinduism. The author gets more serious in his climax, offering a relatively straightforward, heartfelt account of the Passion and Christ's final days that includes an intriguing spin on how the Resurrection might have happened." (Publishers Weekly)
"An instant classic...terrific, funny, and poignant." (Rocky Mountain News)
Having a Catholic background, I thought, "Mom would not approve of my reading this book", but I went ahead anyway.
This story is not the least religiously offensive, (but it does have a bit of foul language)and is instead thought provoking and considerate, while being hilariously funny.
I highly recommend this book for those of you who can appreciate a good story, written with humor and insight. Trust me - it will not smear or crush your religious beliefs.
This is simply an amazing book. How the author was able to be so incredibly funny and not be patently sacrilegious is beyond me. Behind the laugh-out-loud sarcasm lies an absolutely beautiful story about friendship, growing up, and heartache. If there is/was a God, certainly he'd/she'd know about these things. This book borders on the "important" ...
Having read previous books by Mr. Moore, I couldn't wait to read this one; it did not dissapoint and I must say has become one of my favorite books! Although I agree with some other reviewers that Moore's humor could make the "uptight bible thumpers" cringe, I don't understand how anyone could deny that he gives his "Joshua" a fun and human side. Biff's all too-human antics along with his devotion, loyalty, protection and pure love for his friend remind me that the bible may indeed be the "word of God", but it's quite true that there's a whole heck of alot of everyday reality that wasn't included. Maybe, just maybe, Moore is on to something...At the very least, despite what one's religious or spiritual leanings are,I would hope that readers would glean from this book that if Jesus was real, he had real friends, laughed, ate, worked and suffered all the same emotions and fears that we do to this day. And hey, who's to say what really went on during those years of the Christ's life that curiously are absent from the bible???? Listen to this story and loosen up a little--it's a hoot!!
Whether you belive in Jesus or not this book is funny. It was recommended by my priest (who, wow I didn't think would like something like this) and I have made at least 8 people buy the book. Listening to it is even better! It can get a little racey at parts so I would not recommend it to anyone young.
This book is a good "read." After knowing the real story of Jesus's life from the Bible, this book was an interesting view of His life... the life between what we already know. You have to have an open mind... I found myself laughing out loud to some parts. BTW: this story is not for those wanting the cold hard facts of Jesus's life. That's all I'll say.
If fart jokes offend you, this is not the book for you. If the idea of a young Christ laughing at a fart joke offends you, this book is definitely not for you.
If you are open to an alternative view of the Messiah, and a how He came of age in the company of his sarcastic, libidinous, and totally devoted friend, you will love this book.
Narrator Fisher Stevens does an excellent job, and, in my opinon, is on the short list for "Best.Narrator.Ever."
I loved this book!!! This is the first review I have ever written, but wanted to spread the word about this one... It will make you laugh out loud!!! Enjoy
This Book Is Very Funny. I found it very interesting. I would definitely recommend this book for a good laugh. If you have read other Christopher Moore books you will see that this one ties into the others nicely. I really like that about this author and I am looking forward to reading or listening to more of his stories. I have just downloaded the next book that ties in with this one "The Stupidest Angel" I hope it is just as funny. I have read four of his other books and I really enjoyed them as well. Fisher Stevens brings Christopher Moores books to life wonderfully. I really enjoy listening to his voice and the other voices he comes out with for the different caracters. I got lost in my imagination with this book because I enjoyed it so much. One of the nice things about Christopher Moore books is that you don't need to start with any particular book to understand the characters. You can start with anyone and go to the next one with out feeling like you have missed anything. All of his stories are Individual to the main characters. All of the stories are stand-alone stories. Don't be turned off because this is a fictional story about a well known religious figure. This Story is for fun and christopher moore has a fantasic imagination. As a regular person I think many will identify with Biff the main character. This is a story of love, adventure and suspence as well as humor. I highly recommend it to every one.
Its irreverent, very clever, and fits well into the bible stories we know. Picture Jesus and his best friend as normal adolescent and young adult men (wait, isn't that the same thing as adolescent?) out exploring the world while Jesus grows into his role as the man we all know and love. Its clever, and silly but it just didn't have the same quick pace and razor sharp humor of some of his other books. I love Christopher Moore. This was the first book of his that didn't have me belly laughing outloud and I wasn't lining up his next work before this one was over as I did with A Dirty Job and Bloodsucking Fiends. I could have skipped it.
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