Friday, 18 October 2013

Cain by José Saramago

"That said, the lord plucked out of the air a couple of animal skins to cover the nakedness of adam and eve, who exchanged knowing winks, for they had known they were naked from the very first day and had made the most of it too."

If, like me, you're not the religious type, you might approach the old testament blood and gore fest with trepidation. Here José  Saramago, takes an entertaining approach to query how a loving god could wreck such carnage and pain on his loyal subjects.
Cain visits some of the most famous stories of the old testament, he cooks up a whole lot of trouble on Noah's ark, his mark grows with age and he is a bit of a pants man.
This is not quite as funny as Christopher Moore's Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, yet it is expertly crafted and delightfully entertaining. A new entry to the latest edition of the 1001 books series and was the author's final work.
 5 out of 5 donkey herders live long lives.

1 comment:

  1. This is his final contribution to the world of literature. Although not his most superlative--by definition it is contained--it is still masterful, and had me laughing with glee at intervals.
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