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A Children's Bible (2020)

de Lydia Millet

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"An indelible and haunting new novel that explores the loss of childhood, intergenerational conflict, and humanity's complacency in the face of its own demise. Lydia Millet's multilayered new novel - her first since the National Book Award Longlist Sweet Lamb of Heaven -- follows a group of children and their families on summer vacation at a lakeside mansion. The teenage narrator Eve and the other children are contemptuous of their parents, who spend the days and nights in drunken stupor. This tension heightens when a great storm arrives and throws the house and its residents into chaos. Named for a picture Bible given to Eve's little brother Jack, A Children's Bible is loosely structured around events and characters that often appear in collections of Bible stories intended for young readers. These narrative touchstones are imbedded in a backdrop of environmental and psychological distress as the children reject the parents for their emotional and moral failures-in part as normal teenagers must, and in part for their generation's passivity and denial in the face of cataclysmic change. In A Children's Bible, Millet offers brilliant commentary on the environment and human weakness and a vision of what awaits us on the other side of Revelations"--… (mais)
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    Leave the World Behind de Rumaan Alam (sturlington)
    sturlington: Well-off people on vacation when disaster hits.
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Digital audiobook performed by Xe Sands
3.5***

From the book jacket: Millet’s new novel follows a group of twelve eerily mature children on a forced vacation with their families at a sprawling lakeside mansion. Contemptuous of their parents… the children feel neglected and suffocated at the same time. When a destructive storm descends on the summer estate, the group’s ringleaders – including Eve, who narrates the story – decide to run away, leading the younger ones on a dangerous foray into the apocalyptic chaos outside.

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I’m not a great fan of post-apocalyptic stories but this one grabbed me. Evie’s narration is often times emotionless, almost a “just the facts, M’am” recitation. But nevertheless, the tension builds, as the children fend for themselves in a world devastated by a major hurricane and plagued by lawlessness.

Evie struggles to take care of her little brother, Jack, who has a children’s illustrated bible that he reads obsessively. He tries to interpret what they are living through in the context of the bible stories he’s read. And the scenes where he talks about these things give the entire book the feel of a morality play.

I think it would be a good candidate for a book group discussion, with the symbolism, allegory, and inherent warnings about global warming and consumer excess.

Xe Sands does a fine job narrating the audiobook. There are a lot of characters, but I was seldom confused about who was speaking or what was happening. The fact that Evie is narrator probably helped. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jul 13, 2021 |
Moral of the story? If you live in a beautiful garden, don't ruin it or leave it. A narrator named Eve, a birth in a stall, an animal rescue during an apocalyptic flood? Yep, there was little effort to disguise this parable. And yet, it was well written, witty, frightening, and full of adolescent angst, and the prophetic voices of innocent children. Intrigued? Well worth the read! ( )
1 vote hemlokgang | May 14, 2021 |
A satirical and darkly funny allegory in which the reader will recognize the many biblical allusions. The story concerns a group of teens on vacation in a rented house with their woefully inadequate and hedonistic parents (referred to only as the "parents," "mother," or "father"). A storm interrupts the vacation, and the children must fend for themselves. If you are of an older generation and reading this doesn't make you feel uncomfortable, you're not paying attention. Millet is sounding the warning bell on climate change and giving us all a sharp poke for our denial of what is happening in front of our eyes and our refusal to inconvenience ourselves to protect future generations. Pair this with Leave the World Behind, which tackles the same subject using a similar framework. ( )
1 vote sturlington | May 10, 2021 |
A very imaginative novel centering a group of children who have been separated from their parents after a pretty apocalyptic storm and flood. They bond together and go on creating a new home and do quite well without parental guidance. The Bible connection was that one of the boys recently received a Bible as a gift and sees parallels with their situation - the flood, Noah's Ark etc. and other similarities crop up. This is a wonderful novel and I can see why is received all the acclaim it did, Parents not needed. ( )
  muddyboy | Apr 19, 2021 |
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"An indelible and haunting new novel that explores the loss of childhood, intergenerational conflict, and humanity's complacency in the face of its own demise. Lydia Millet's multilayered new novel - her first since the National Book Award Longlist Sweet Lamb of Heaven -- follows a group of children and their families on summer vacation at a lakeside mansion. The teenage narrator Eve and the other children are contemptuous of their parents, who spend the days and nights in drunken stupor. This tension heightens when a great storm arrives and throws the house and its residents into chaos. Named for a picture Bible given to Eve's little brother Jack, A Children's Bible is loosely structured around events and characters that often appear in collections of Bible stories intended for young readers. These narrative touchstones are imbedded in a backdrop of environmental and psychological distress as the children reject the parents for their emotional and moral failures-in part as normal teenagers must, and in part for their generation's passivity and denial in the face of cataclysmic change. In A Children's Bible, Millet offers brilliant commentary on the environment and human weakness and a vision of what awaits us on the other side of Revelations"--

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