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Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!
     

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!

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by Jonathan Goldstein
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"It's the Greatest Story Ever Told, only better. Who knew monotheism could be such fun?" — Sarah Vowell, New York Times bestselling author of The Wordy Shipmates

"Jonathan Goldstein is one of the funniest and most original writers I can think of. Anything by him is better than anything by just about anyone else." — David Sedaris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When You Are Engulfed in Flames

“Jonathan Goldstein has one of the most unique and compelling comic voices around.” — Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?

 “Jonathan Goldstein’s existential misery makes for good reading. As long as he keeps writing such funny and original pieces about it, I hope he continues to suffer.”
—Shalom Auslander, author of Foreskin’s Lament and Hope: A Tragedy

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594483677
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/07/2009
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
889,369
Product dimensions:
5.03(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

"It's the Greatest Story Ever Told, only better. Who knew monotheism could be such fun?" — Sarah Vowell, New York Times bestselling author of The Wordy Shipmates

"Jonathan Goldstein is one of the funniest and most original writers I can think of. Anything by him is better than anything by just about anyone else." — David Sedaris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When You Are Engulfed in Flames

“Jonathan Goldstein has one of the most unique and compelling comic voices around.” — Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?

 “Jonathan Goldstein’s existential misery makes for good reading. As long as he keeps writing such funny and original pieces about it, I hope he continues to suffer.”
Shalom Auslander, author of Foreskin’s Lament and Hope: A Tragedy

 

Meet the Author

Jonathan Goldstein is the award-winning author of I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow and Lenny Bruce is Dead. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Ready-Made, and the New York Times. He's a contributing editor to NPR's This American Life, where his work is regularly featured. He lives in Montreal.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible! 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
TomindaAdkins More than 1 year ago
I first heard about this book on NPR, when Goldstein himself did a reading of the first chapter. His deadpan delivery compelled me to hunt down the book, and to my delight, his voice replaced the default voice in my head as I happily read. I enjoyed this little gem. The Adam and Eve bit was pitch-perfect and every bit as hilarious as I remembered. In each chapter, common next-door-neighbor character traits are woven into the personalities of the Biblical figures some of us grew up with. I especially enjoyed the portrayal of Noah as a kind of cranky "Wonder Years" Dad type, and Eve as a frustrated female trapped with . . . well, the only man on earth, who happens to be a total slob. My only gripes with the book are when Goldstein tries to stress the human poignancy angle. Some of it he really pulls off, such as Jacob's struggle with his mother's overt favoritism toward him. It really hits home. The David chapters, however, which paint David as a comedy-obsessed man who just can't pull off being funny, are cringeworthy. We all know someone that tragically, chronically un-funny, and it hurts to read on and on about them when we'd rather be tee-heeing at circumcision jokes. Also: Bathsheba's pinky toe . . . what the hell? Apparently I need to go read that book of the Bible again and see if David had a foot fetish? I think that might be the angle Goldstein is trying to spin. I cannot help but think that a previous knowledge of both the Bible and Goldstein is tainting this review toward the positive. Those reading without the pleasure of having listened to Goldstein's Wire Tap on air may lose out. But give it a try. The Garden of Eden story alone is well worth it. AMEN! Tominda Adkins Author, the Vessel Series
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I heard the story read by goldstien on this american life and i ttally fell in love. Its a whole new hilarious and down to earth take of the most commonly read book if you're looking for others like this book, i highly suggest the works of David Sedaris, who has also been featured on this american life in the past.
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