21st Century,  General Fiction

Lamb by Christopher Moore

I am a huge Christopher Moore fan so when I read about Lamb I couldn’t wait to have enough free time to devour it. Finally, I got to enjoy the book this week and, as expected, I loved it.

  • Title: Lamb
  • Author: Christopher Moore
  • Year of Publication: 2007
  • Pages: 512
  • 4.5/5

Summary from Book Depository:

The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years – except Biff, the Messiah’s best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in this divinely hilarious, yet heartfelt work ‘reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams’ (Philadelphia Inquirer). 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 Saviour’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 Magdala – and Biff isn’t about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

First of all, I got to admit I have never, ever, read the Bible, so I expected not to enjoy the humour and the jokes but, luckily, I was wrong. Moore makes enough references to well-known Christian topics (to turn the other cheek is the most remarkable… and funny) so that anyone living in a Christian country can have a good time. He also made a lot of research to create a historically adequeate setting that allows hilarious okes from a modern point of view. As a consequence, the reader can learn a little bit while having a laugh (but, please, do some research yourself before taking for granted this historical setting.)

But, what matters the most in this book is obviously, the characters. They are just amazing: the story is told from JC’s best friend, Biff, and involves anything you would not expect to be related to the Messiah: from magic to yoga… and a huge amount of sex. Biff is the kid next door, he is funny, and some times silly and above all, the human counterpart to the son of God: we see everything through is eyes making us impartial… and happy to be so!

So, I highly recommend this book to almost anyone who does not take their religious background too seriously. The main tone is funny and intimate and everything we took for granted can be twisted and made more interesting. I know it might be hard to leave our religious prejudices besides, but it is definitely worthy. Lamb is, after all, a fiction work in which Moore writes about the most influential event of our world and he imagines JC as he would have liked him to be, but making references to the most well-known facts of the religious literature.

The only thing that made the reading difficult was that we all know the end and, as we get closer to the final pages, after travelling, learning and suffering with Joshua and Biff, we wish there was an alternative finale. As a reader and also as part of an audience, although I already know the ending (it happenned to me just recently with Romeo and Juliet) my mind cannot but think for a second: they might be saved. This is what makes the final chapters a little bit harder but not less worthy.


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