Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!

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Penguin, Apr 7, 2009 - Fiction - 256 pages
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A hilarious re-imagining of the heroes of the Old Testament for a modern world-and the neurotic, demanding reader.

In the beginning...there was humor.

Sure, it's the foundation for much of Western morality and the cornerstone of world literature. But let's face it: the Bible always needed punching up. Plus, it raised quite a few questions that a modern world refuses to ignore any longer: wouldn't it be boring to live inside a whale? How did Joseph explain Mary's pregnancy to the guys at work? Who exactly was the megalomaniacal foreman who oversaw the construction of the Tower of Babel? And honestly, what was Cain's problem?

In Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible!, Jonathan Goldstein re-imagines and recasts the greatest heroes of the Bible with depth, wit, and snappy dialogue. This is the Bible populated by angry loners, hypochondriacs, and reluctant prophets who fear for their sanity, for readers of Sarah Vowell and the books of David Sedaris. Basically, a Bible that readers can finally, genuinely relate to.

Jonathan Goldstein's new book, I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow, will be available May 2013.

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User Review  - Devil_llama - LibraryThing

The author reimagines the biblical stories, in some cases adding motivation to the strange behaviors. The stories are presented in modern language (with occasional tongue-in-cheek use of faux-King ... Read full review

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User Review  - melissarochelle - LibraryThing

The book jacket claimed this was hilarious...I didn't think so. The Joseph story at the end was very creative and the David story wasn't terrible, but neither were hilarious. I feel that so much more could have been done with these stories... Read full review



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Jonathan Goldstein is the award-winning author of I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow and Lenny Bruce is Dead. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Ready-Made, and the New York Times. He's a contributing editor to NPR's This American Life, where his work is regularly featured. He lives in Montreal.

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