Bible Stories For Adults

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Overview

Morrow unabashedly delves into matters both sacred and secular in this collection of short stories buoyed by his deliciously irreverent wit. Among the dozen selections is the Nebula Award-winning “Bible Stories for Adults, No. 17: The Deluge.”

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Overview

Morrow unabashedly delves into matters both sacred and secular in this collection of short stories buoyed by his deliciously irreverent wit. Among the dozen selections is the Nebula Award-winning “Bible Stories for Adults, No. 17: The Deluge.”

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Editorial Reviews

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Morrow, a Nebula Award- and World Fantasy Award-winner, delves into matters both sacred and secular in this collection of 12 cheerfully blasphemous stories with characters including sexless androids waiting for the evolution of genitals; a lascivious sinner fished from the flood by Noah; and a computer that reconstructs the Ten Commandments from indecipherable shards. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Kirkus Reviews
Twelve tales, 198494, drawn from various publications, by the author of Towing Jehovah (1994), etc. The main thrust here isn't always biblical, though satire looms large—along with dollops of ironic, iconoclastic, or subversive wit. The dazzlingly effective best of a decidedly superior bunch: A murderously mutinous WW I American infantry private ends up in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with a permanent honor guard; reversing his Babel decision, God gives everyone the power of perfect comprehension—with equally devastating results; a robot civilization adheres to the Darwinian principle of natural selection, despite the manifest impossibility of its applying to them; and the sad story of Gunther Black, a man with multiple personalities so numerous that they form nations—and conduct war! In other notable what-ifs, Moses never receives a replacement set of law tablets; Lincoln considers signing an armistice; Helen decides to put an end to the Trojan War; Ebenezer Scrooge lives out his days as an unregenerate capitalist rascal; and Job realizes he's been duped and demands a rematch. Elsewhere, a dead woman's donated organs yearn to reunite; Noah ponders the possibility of other survivors; and, finally, in a rather silly fable, a farmer's wife gives birth to planet Earth.

A splendidly provocative series of engagements for supple and enquiring minds; mandatory for fanatics of any stripe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156002448
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,490,469
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

James Morrow was born in Philadelphia in 1947. Besides writing, he plays with Lionel electric trains and collects videocassettes of vulgar biblical spectacles.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Bible Stories for Adults, No. 17: The Deluge 1
Daughter Earth 15
Known But to God and Wilbur Hines 47
Bible Stories for Adults, No. 20: The Tower 61
Spelling God with the Wrong Blocks 85
The Assemblage of Kristin 101
Bible Stories for Adults, No. 31: The Covenant 119
Abe Lincoln in McDonald's 133
The Confessions of Ebenezer Scrooge 151
Bible Stories for Adults, No. 46: The Soap Opera 163
Diary of a Mad Deity 187
Arms and the Woman 215
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2005

    Incredibly funny

    This is a fantastic read. I have read all of his books, and this is one of the best. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys humor and is not easily offended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2002

    Ironic, Intelligent and Thought-Provoking

    Well-rounded collection of shorts, requiring a good sense of humor, and good knowlege of the world's history. I would highly recommend it to speculative and non-speculative fiction fans. A new must on my gift list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2000

    Horrible

    This was the worst book of all time. Do not read it. I thought it would be cool, but it was just boring.

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