Alexander Waugh, the grandson of Evelyn Waugh and son of Auberon, has produced a book about God
which manages to be both shallow and erudite at the same time. In other words, Waugh has done his homework and learned a lot about God in the various religions, but he maintains a salacious and flippant tone throughout which is neither amusing nor thought provoking. On the good side, the book is packed full of interesting facts about God and religion. The structure of the book is more scattergram than logical outline, but the information is tersely presented in short readable chunks so the reader can dip into the book and read as much or as little as he wants. There's also a good index and bibliography for serious God hunters.
While this is an interesting grab bag overview of the Deity, it's too bad that Waugh has to maintain his insouciant public-schoolboy style throughout. It's a pity he couldn't manage just a little bit of personal wonder or reverence for his subject. Readers who would prefer something with a rather broader vision might try Professor Keith Ward's God--a guide for the perplexed. --Dwight Longenecker
'Immensely entertaining, and a sovereign remedy against the absurdities and dangers of religious belief ... funny and whimsical ... clever and perceptive' (A C Grayling, Literary Review 2002-03-01)
'Peculiar and delightful... I loved it. Waugh's light-hearted approach is deceptive: some formidable research has gone into this book' (Douglas Kennedy, Mail on Sunday 2002-02-17)
'A deeply felt and genuine exploration... Waugh's biography is a search for love - and strangely, the god he leaves us with, however impossible, remains attractive.' (Jeanette Winterson, The Times 2002-02-27)
'Ten out of ten for the idea, the approach, the style, the writing - above all, the writing - and the sublime audacity of it all ... Waugh writes like an impious angel; wittily and rivetingly' (Michael Brown, Yorkshire Post 2002-02-21)
'A testimony to human ingenuity and imagination...Waugh's GOD combines philosophical wrangling with the delightfully insolent tone of 1066 AND ALL THAT' (Christopher Silvester, Financial Times 2002-03-02)
'[Waugh's] sardonic, urbane tone is in the tradition of Gibbon or Hume...very funny. Pleasingly original...wherever you stand - or think you do - on the God question, this is a good read' (Susan Elkin, Independent 2002-04-11)
'With mischievous wit and erudition...Waugh's tremendously funny book has, however, a serious purpose' (S.B.Kelly, Scotland on Sunday 2002-02-24)
'[An] erudite, scholarly, irreverent and impeccably researched biography of the supreme being... daringly brilliant and witty treatise' (George Osgerby, Tribune 2002-04-12)
'Colourful, funny, deep and perceptive' (A.C.Grayling, Independent on Sunday 2002-04-12)
'An idiosyncratic, intriguing and often charming book about God' (Brendan Walsh, The Tablet 2002-03-16)
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