Towing Jehovah

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God is dead, and Anthony Van Horne must tow the corpse to the Arctic (to preserve Him from sharks and decomposition). En route Van Horne must also contend with ecological guilt, a militant girlfriend, sabotage both natural and spiritual, and greedy hucksters of oil, condoms, and doubtful ideas. Winner of a 1995 World Fantasy Award.

The discovery of God's corpse in the mid-Atlantic poses a menace to navigation and to faith. Charged...

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Overview

God is dead, and Anthony Van Horne must tow the corpse to the Arctic (to preserve Him from sharks and decomposition). En route Van Horne must also contend with ecological guilt, a militant girlfriend, sabotage both natural and spiritual, and greedy hucksters of oil, condoms, and doubtful ideas. Winner of a 1995 World Fantasy Award.

The discovery of God's corpse in the mid-Atlantic poses a menace to navigation and to faith. Charged with captaining a supertanker as it tows the two-mile long corpse northward to the Arctic so that it can be preserved, Anthony Van Horne must contend with sabotage (both natural and spiritual) and mutiny along the way. An allegorical tale certain to entertain and provoke.

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In Towing Jehovah, God is dead--literally. His corpse has fallen from the heavens, and the Vatican has to contract with an unemployed oil tanker captain, Anthony Van Horne, to tow it to its final resting place in the Arctic. "The bizarre details actually work in context even if . . . they may seem extreme," writes Joe Mayhew in the Washington Post Book World. "It is important, however, to remember that Morrow is writing about the vices of man. His novel attacks only the cartoons of religion, not the real thing."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156002103
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Godhead Trilogy, #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 582,036
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 1.00 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    Entertaining and smart at the same time

    I've read this book about 3 times in the past few years, and it's always worth the time to pick up again. Morrow's satire of how far we will go to defend our own beliefs, even in the face of overwhelming evidence, is as intelligent as it is fun to read. While some people of faith are probably offended by the premise, it's a deeper look at where we get our sense of morality from. To Morrow's credit, he does take some swipes at dogmatic Atheists as well through some of the plot lines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2001

    A Must-read

    Come on, confess--you're intrigued by the book's premise. Well, let me be the first to say that you won't be disappointed if you buy this one. This is a magnificently written, darkly funny book that will have you laughing while at the same time wondering what you might do if you found out there was no God. Rich characters and wonderful use of language make 'Towing Jehovah' a must-read.

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