The Boomer Bible

The Boomer Bible

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by R. F. Laird
     
 


A sprawling, wickedly funny modern rewriting of the Bible that's meant to sum up a generation. -The Wall Street Journal

Only once in ten years, if we're very lucky, does a book like THE BOOMER BIBLE come along. It's the kind of book that makes you laugh, makes you angry, makes you question, makes you cringe, makes you think and shout yes! in agreement. It's the

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A sprawling, wickedly funny modern rewriting of the Bible that's meant to sum up a generation. -The Wall Street Journal

Only once in ten years, if we're very lucky, does a book like THE BOOMER BIBLE come along. It's the kind of book that makes you laugh, makes you angry, makes you question, makes you cringe, makes you think and shout yes! in agreement. It's the kind of book that thoroughly defines its times.

Without heresy or sacrilege, R.F. Laird has appropriated the most popular format in the history of Western letters to examine the beliefs and values we live by, and everything that went into forming them-from literature to psychoanalysis, from religion to relativity to TV. He captures the conflict of the Boomer era-growing up with the Ten Commandments, the Four Gospels, and the Golden Rule, and coming of age in the era of sex, drugs, and gimme gimme gimme. And he tells lots of great jokes-the kinds of jokes Lenny Bruce might have told, or Mark Twain, or Jonathan Smith, or Rabelais or Aristophanes.

THE BOOMER BIBLE is a dazzling invention, a darkly comic and devastating mirror of our age. Look into it, and see how far we've come-and gone astray.

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Wall Street Journal
"A sprawling, wickedly funny modern rewriting of the Bible that's meant to sum up a generation." -The Wall Street Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Boomers of management consultant Laird's title are baby boomers, and the author systematically skewers all of the things he claims that generation holds sacred--television, Wall Street avarice, the heroes of our nation's history and our Eurocentric cultural heritage. Boomers have forsaken established religions to follow Harry, the First Babe of the Boom, who gives them great things to eat, drink and inhale and who proclaims for them total exemption from responsibility for their actions. This ``bible'' also includes ``The Book of the Damn Yankees,'' a version of American history, and the ``Psongs'' (``Happy is the man who gets to walk around with a pocketful of cash''). All of these topics have been treated better before. The book's pseudo-biblical style can be amusing at first, but it wears thin long before the end of the volume's 700-plus pages. The author is capable of an insightful observation or a genuinely funny line, but these are few and far between. And with his hipper-than-thou attitude, Laird seems to despise everyone but himself, while his muddled politics, neither left nor right, seem designed to confuse and deliberately offend readers. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563050756
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Pages:
880
Sales rank:
907,935
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.94(h) x 2.00(d)

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