Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Review: Lamb - Christopher Moore

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

From the jacket

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.

Ever since the day when he came upon six-year-old Joshua of Nazareth resurrecting lizards in the village square, Levi bar Alphaeus, called "Biff," had the distinction of being the Messiah's best bud. That's why the angel Raziel has resurrected Biff from the dust of Jerusalem and brought him to America to write a new gospel, one that tells the real, untold story. Meanwhile, Raziel will order pizza, watch the WWF on TV, and aspire to become Spider-Man.

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 -- whose considerable charms fall to Biff to sample, since Josh is forbidden the pleasures of the flesh. (There are worse things than having a best friend who is chaste and a chick magnet!) And, of course, there is danger at every turn, since a young man struggling to understand his godhood, who is incapable of violence or telling anything less than the truth, is certain to piss some people off. Luckily Biff is a whiz at lying and cheating -- which helps get his divine pal and him out of more than one jam. And while Josh's great deeds and mission of peace will ultimately change the world, Biff is no slouch himself, blessing humanity with enduring contributions of his own, like sarcasm and café latte. 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.

Lamb is the crowning achievement of Christopher Moore's storied career: fresh, wild, audacious, divinely hilarious, yet heartfelt, poignant, and alive, with a surprising reverence. Let there be rejoicing unto the world! Christopher Moore is come -- to bring truth, light, and big yuks to fans old and new with the Greatest Story Never Told!

I found this book online while searching online and enjoyed the premise. The book about Jesus's childhood, as told by his good mate Biff, is total fiction but written in such a way that you could easily believe that the pair of them went off to China to learn kung fu etc.

Not being religious myself, I didn't find this book in the least offensive as it definitely wasn't written in such a way. It's definitely a comedic work and should be taken that way. With the book intending to give a fictional possibility of what could have happened in the first 30 years of Christ's life which remain a mystery.

Biff is a wise ass and his humorous narration is what makes this book so fantastic. Full of dark humour and wit, Lamb also had a very compelling plot with Josh and Biff travelling all over Asia so Josh can learn how to be the Messiah. Something interesting was always happening, and there was rarely a dull moment.

Going into this book I had no idea what to expect but found it to be a very compelling and unique book!

4/5 Stars!


  1. This book totally killed me. I loved when Biff was trying explain having sex to Josh. I thought the ending dragged a little, but I laughed so hard throughout the book.

  2. Yeah I agree, the did seem to be hanging around there for a bit too long at the end!

  3. I just got his new FOOL (so far it's very funny, as well) and meant to pick up this one after! :3

  4. Oooh let me know if it's any good! :)

  5. Fool is nowhere near as good as some of CM's other works. Lamb was one of the best and most religious folk with a sense of humor wouldn't find this book offensive at all. In fact, the more you know about religion, the funnier and better it is. That being said, I know nothing at all about the bible and I still loved the book. It's great!

  6. Does anyone think that the movie "Year One" is based on Lamb? I can't find anything online suggesting so... but I believe the screenwriters loosely based the movie on Lamb. Maybe they didn't want the religious factor to deter audiences. Just a thought.

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