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Hands down the funniest and most brutally honest book I've ever read!,
This review is from: The Second Coming (Paperback)
I could write a whole essay about why I love this book, but we're on the internet so I'll keep it brief.
1. I've never laughed out loud as much as I have reading this book. It probably helps if you have a decent understanding of religion and the bible. Some of the humour could be considered fairly crude but I found it very fitting.
2. There is some brutally honest and true social critique in the book. It really made me think.
3. I've never had a physical and psychological reaction to reading a scene in a book like I did, when Jesus performs his song with the "big black kid". I would pay money to have the memory of reading it erased, so I could again have the experience of reading it for the first time!
4. The simple message of "be nice" and the more likeable version of God (and Muhammad) have rekindled my dying belief in God. I now really hope there is a God and that he is something like the God in this book. My dad died when I was 12. Seeing him again would be... heavenly.
It makes me sad that a book like this doesn't get more attention. The explanation may be that you need a certain level of (religious) education, free thinking and sense of humour in order to see why the book is so outstanding. The combination of those qualities seems rare.
Thank You John Niven!