litsadremousis, November 29, 2009 (view all comments by litsadremousis)
R. Crumb's telling of Genesis is dichotomous in that it's laden w/ everything you expect from Crumb (irreverence, sardonic humor, singular illustrations), but also w/ real depth and existential probing at the mysteries of human life and its attending inanities and joys. Crumb recently gave a superb interview w/ Vanity Fair in which he illuminates his points of view re the book w/ Eric Spitznagel: vf.com. (I tried to post the full link but Powell's interpreted it as spam. You can search for it on Vanity Fair's site.)
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kwhiton, October 24, 2009 (view all comments by kwhiton)
I haven't read this book therefore I can't give it a rating. But - based on what I've read in the review I expect I will like it. I also expect to read many posts from Fundamentalist Christians who will be upset, offended, angry and write comments about persecution of Christians and complain about people who hate Christians, Jesus, God, etc. This will be odd and silly as well as enlightening since, from what I understand from the review, the book simply quotes the Bible word-for-word and illustrates the story. This leads to the oft repeated statement that all it takes to become an Atheist is to "read the book."
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W. W. Norton & Company -
by Booklist (starred review),
"Crumb's vivid visual characterizations of the myriad characters, pious and wicked, make the most striking impression. His distinctive, highly rendered drawing style imparts a physicality that few other illustrated versions of this often retold chronicle have possessed."
by Library Journal (starred review),
"We could not expect less from the patriarch of underground comix....Indeed, Crumb's muscular, detailed black-and-white seems ideally suited to Old Testament scuffles and seaminess."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"[A] tribute to Crumb's immense talents as a draftsman and stubborn adherence to the script. An erudite and artful, though frustratingly restrained, look at Old Testament stories."
by Los Angeles Times,
"[T]he beauty of The Book of Genesis Illustrated [is] how perfectly Crumb's style fits the material.... Indeed, the power of The Book of Genesis Illustrated resides in Crumb's decision to play it straight, to frame this ancient creation myth on its own enduring terms."
Nominated for three 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: From Creation to the death of Joseph, here are all 50 chapters of the Book of Genesis, revealingly illustrated as never before.
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A signed and numbered limited edition, slipcased and with a signed print: from the Creation to the death of Joseph, here is the Book of Genesis, revealingly illustrated as never before.
Envisioning the first book of the bible like no one before him, R. Crumb, the legendary illustrator, reveals here the story of Genesis in a profoundly honest and deeply moving way. Originally thinking that we would do a take off of Adam and Eve, Crumb became so fascinated by the Bible's language, "a text so great and so strange that it lends itself readily to graphic depictions," that he decided instead to do a literal interpretation using the text word for word in a version primarily assembled from the translations of Robert Alter and the King James bible. Now, readers of every persuasion--Crumb fans, comic book lovers, and believers--can gain astonishing new insights from these harrowing, tragic, and even juicy stories. Crumb's reintroduces us to the bountiful tree lined garden of Adam and Eve, the massive ark of Noah with beasts of every kind, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed by brimstone and fire that rained from the heavens, and the Egypt of the Pharaoh, where Joseph's embalmed body is carried in a coffin, in a scene as elegiac as any in Genesis. Using clues from the text and peeling away the theological and scholarly interpretation that have often obscured the Bible's most dramatic stories, Crumb fleshes out a parade of Biblical originals: from the serpent in Eden, the humanoid reptile appearing like an alien out of a science fiction movie, to Jacob, a "kind've depressed guy who doesn't strike you as physically courageous," and his bother, Esau, "a rough and kick ass guy," to Abraham's wife Sarah, more fetching than most woman at 90, to God himself, "a standard Charlton Heston-like figure with long white hair and a flowing beard." As Crumb writes in his introduction, "the stories of these people, the Hebrews, were something more than just stories. They were the foundation, the source, in writing of religious and political power, handed down by God himself." Crumb's , the culmination of 5 years of painstaking work, is a tapestry of masterly detail and storytelling which celebrates the astonishing diversity of the one of our greatest artistic geniuses. Nominated for three 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: Best Adaptation from Another Work, Best Graphic Album, Best Writer/Artist.
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