Synopses & Reviews
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 the 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 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 Magdala -- and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.
"An instant classic...terrific, funny and poignant." Rocky Mountain News
"[R]eminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams." Philadelphia Inquirer
"The style is smooth, drawing readers into the story seamlessly except for the need to laugh out loud every page or two....In an excellent afterword, the author explains the choices he made in writing the novel, which will fascinate would-be writers, as well as provide a rebuttal for the book's likely critics." School Library Journal
"[A]s in Moore's other books, the jokes, ranging from the sublime to the sophisticated to the utterly sophomoric, make the book. What Lamb lacks in theological sophistication it more than compensates with mirth....simply impossible not to laugh." John Green, Booklist
"In inventing his own conflicted, determined Jesus one who found His conviction one step at a time instead of emerging from the manger fully formed and ready to preach Moore is endlessly, wryly creative." Tasha Robinson, The Onion
"An audacious and irreverent novel...guaranteed deeply to offend all right-thinking Christians....The style is a bizarre mix of serious and sometimes brutal historical fiction laced with black humor, wordplay, in-jokes, and sharp one-liners worthy of a good stand-up comedian." Kirkus Reviews
"Christopher Moore's impish, madcap addition to the New Testament. . . .Lamb is an earnest comedy in the style of Woody Allen's play God, simultaneously addressing matters of ultimate concern while wallowing in the broadest possible slapstick." Washington Post
"Moore writes with a kind of reverent irreverence — he's got a keen eye for the absurd but leavens it with a child's sense of wonder....[Lamb is] his best book so far." Houston Chronicle
"Wrapped in this cloak of craziness are nuanced themes dealing with friendship, faith, and religious pluralism."
San Diego Union-Tribune
"Like the best of comedies, Lamb is filled with tragedy, love, loss, beauty, anger, and, above all, an unfailing and intelligent sense of humour." Locus Online
Everyone knows about the immaculate conception and the crucifixion. But what happened to Jesus between the manager and the Sermon on the Mount? In
this hilarious and bold new novel, the highly praised Christopher Moore shares the greatest story never told: the life of Christ as seen by his boyhood pal,
Just what was Jesus doing during the many years that have gone unrecorded in the Bible? Biff was there at his side, and now after two thousand years, he
shares those good, bad, ugly, and miraculous times. Screamingly funny, audaciously fresh, Lamb rivals the best of Tom Robbins and Carl Hiaasen, and is sure
to please this gifted writer's fans and win him legions more.
About the Author
Christopher Moore is the author of thirteen previous novels: Practical Demonkeeping, Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, Fool, and Sacré Bleu. He lives in San Francisco.
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