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"Life is messy...People, generally, suck.",
This review is from: The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror (Hardcover)
Whenever you read something by Christopher Moore, you enter a whole new world. In the case of The Stupidest Angel, the world you enter is familiar, if you have read Moore's previous books, since Moore is reprising many of the most popular characters from the past in this Christmas-inspired satire of life in Pine Cove, a California coastal community, filled with "holiday quaintage" and "festive doom." Lena Marquez, divorced from Dale Pearson, an unmitigated boor, first appeared in The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, and becomes the subject of the major plot here when she inadvertently "kills" Dale as he attacks her for stealing some of his Monterey pine Christmas trees. The local constable, Theophilus Crowe, also appeared in Lust Lizard..., and Tucker Case, who comes on the scene and falls madly in lust with Lena, was the main character in Island of the Sequined Love Nun. His sunglass-clad, talking fruit bat, Roberto, also plays a role.
Lena's fight with Dale is witnessed by young Josh Barker, age seven, who is distraught at the thought that "someone killed Santa." Soon Josh is visited by the Archangel Raziel, who appeared in Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, a klutzy angel whose mission it is to go to earth and "find a child who has made a Christmas wish that can only be granted by divine intervention," and do something for him. Josh wants Santa to come back to life.
As always, Moore's off-the-wall imagination takes over, and the investigation of Dale Pearson's disappearance becomes complicated. As the holiday comes closer, Raziel starts to work his bizarre magic and bring the newly dead back to life as part of his Christmas "miracle." The juxtaposition of the Christmas message and the violence in town are seen in sharp, ironic relief, and the question of whether there are any heroes in this novel and whether Raziel is truly an archangel come to the fore.
A no-holds-barred, let-it-all-hang-out free-for-all which gives a whole new meaning to "the willing suspension of disbelief," this is a fast-paced narrative that will keep you in stitches. The zanies on your Christmas list probably will not bat an eyelash at its profanity, its vulgar hilarity, and its unexpected satiric twists and turns. Unless your staid and proper Aunt Martha has a great sense of humor, however, you may want to think twice about giving it to her as a gift. Mary Whipple
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2011 16:12:40 GMT
Jay Gilbertson says:
Wonderful review! Thank you so much Mary.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2011 03:14:26 GMT
Mary Whipple says:
Thanks, Jay. Chris Moore is an acquired taste, but he is always entertaining! Mary
In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2013 13:21:21 BDT
Scarlett Bean says:
Excellent review. I laughed so much at this book which I picked up as one of the few English language books when stranded in some god-forsaken aiport. This book (almost) made me forgive the delays.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2013 16:56:06 BDT
Mary Whipple says:
Your comment made me reread the review and relive the book. Thanks for that, Scarlett. It's a laugh riot, isn't it? Mary
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