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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible! (edição: 2009)

de Jonathan Goldstein (Autor)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible!
Autores:Jonathan Goldstein (Autor)
Informação:Riverhead Books (2009), Edition: 1, 239 pages
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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 James English when characters are speaking, lots of thee and thou). The take on them is mostly irreverent and amusing. While the blurb on the back cover suggests that they show us the universality and timeliness of the Biblical stories, I would suggest they actually do otherwise. By taking out the high sounding poetic language, they bring the stories down to what they actually say, and present fully how ludicrous most of them are, and how not relevant to modern times is a story about David providing 100 (make that 200) foreskins of Philistines in order to pay the bride price for his (first) wife. Recommended reading for anyone who insists that the Bible is full of nothing but high minded morality and rules for good living. ( )
  Devil_llama | Oct 3, 2015 |
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... ( )
  melissarochelle | Apr 13, 2013 |
The Bible! suffers from the sin of repetition, especially if you read more than one story a day. The stories all have the same deadpan wit, which becomes a trifle monotonous. There's a lot of good in Goldstein's stories - at times, he achieves the transcendent satire of early period Woody Allen at his most surreal - but when placed all together, they can be exhausting.

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1 vote ShelfMonkey | Apr 19, 2010 |
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible! takes commonly known Bible stories and puts a more human spin on them. The blurbs on the back cover call the author, Jonathan Goldstein, “hilarious” and “one of the funniest”. I found this book to have some humorous qualities in some of the stories. Goldstein modernizes and expands on the well-known Bible characters’ personal thoughts and actions. My favorite story was Cain and Abel. We all know Cain’s motive for murdering Abel was jealousy. Goldstein dissects Cain’s feelings of jealousy and makes him less of a monster and more a flawed human being. This was a quick read that I enjoyed very much. ( )
  Zeesosa | Jun 10, 2009 |
Dit boekje vereist een zekere voorkennis van de échte Bijbel, als referentie van wat zij die de Bijbel schreven eigenlijk bedoelden. Zoniet gaat het verhaal grotendeels de mist in. Het resultaat is een handvol goeie verhalen, met leuke anachronismen bij Adam en Eva, en een David die het wil maken als stand-upcomedian, maar jammer genoeg ook een te grote portie ballast.
Volledige bespreking via http://wraakvandedodo.blogspot.com/2009/04/jonathan-goldstein-dames-en-heren-de.... ( )
  jebronse | Apr 26, 2009 |
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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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