I heard about this book at The Wandering Scientist when the publisher was talking about releasing the book and I put it on my to-read list. I saw the book available on Scribd, and after reading the dense Finite and Infinite Games, a funny short book is just what I wanted to read.
Once I started reading this book and I couldn’t put it down! The modern interpretation of the stories from the Genesis, and the distillation of their essence – these are very funny, entertaining, bizarre and icky – just as Edward promises in the beginning.
It’s quite amazing that these come out of “The Genesis” and some people believe them literally. Do all of us really believe in our religious texts so literally that we fail to see the humor in them?
The part I loved absolutely was the fun he has with the names of the people:
“Anyway, the text goes on, listing all of Israel’s descendants—including a pair of Benjamin’s sons named Muppim and Huppim, and seriously, what on earth is wrong with people in the Bible? Those are horrifically bad
names for your children. On the other hand, they’re pretty spectacular names for pets, so at least there’s that. ”
I so enjoyed reading this book that I am looking for future books.
Would I recommend this book Yes! If you like to be entertained, this is a very nice, very funny read. And it is a short book too (for those of you who prefer shorter books)
Well what is it about It is a modern interpretation of the Book of Genesis.
What I learnt from the book That Muppim and Huppim and Onan are probably not great names for people but awesome names for pets. And that God creates people in the first chapter, then forgets about them. And creates them again in the second chapter! Who knew!
Scribd: Okay, So Look!
Amazon: Okay, So Look: A Humorous Retelling of the Book of Genesis