The Astrological Diary of God Paperback – 6 Apr 2000
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A review should summarise and evaluate: give the potential reader a sense of what the book is about and whether it is any good. The Astrological Diary of God baffles both these modest aims. To say that it is about an enormously overweight Japanese ex- Kamikaze fighter pilot who believes himself to be the Supreme Being and who has founded a new religion based on astrology--a character who is kept under lock and key by the American Government in Fort Knox and put on trial for the "murder of time"--to say this does not convey one tenth of the riches of this hilarious, philosophical and deeply strange book. Evaluation is difficult too: for stretches Fowler does achieve something of the superb brain-burned intensity of his mentor, Kurt Vonnegut (and in particular Vonnegut's brilliant Breakfast of Champions which this novel most closely resembles). Just as often, though, the mixture of spaced-out prose, astrological diagrams, drawings and photographs (including a striking picture of the genitalia of God, a picture which turns out to be something else by the end) can leave the reader not quite knowing how to react. This novel is challenging, strange, funny and extremely readable. Fiction doesn't come much hipper. --Adam Roberts --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"If you're partial to Vonnegut, you'll enjoy Fowler." - "Time Out"See all Product description
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Never before has astrology (and irrational belief systems in general) got the ripping they so richly deserve. This book is extremely funny, witty and well thought out, and I would reccommend it to anyone who enjoys cerebral, satrical yet profoundly silly humour, e.g The Hitchikers Guide, Red Dwarf, Lee and Herring etc.
Also check out "Scepticism Inc.", which is a great satire of faith in the unexaminable. Am waiting for the next one........
The canvas on which the author ridicules the absurdities of astrology, is a fictive present where one man believes himself to be God and capable of producing galaxies by the act of public masturbation. Gaining followers, he is eventually able to get his astrological philosophy applied to the rule of an island kingdom (and its pityful citizens), only to later be prosecuted by the United Nations commission of human rights for crimes against humanity.
Now that is fresh and funny. But to hold a great idea and twist is not the same thing as writing a great novel. The characters are extremely 2-dimensional and the dialog non-existent. Bo seemingly takes no interest neither in litterary craftsmanship or the human condition. His main ambition would be to preach for his audience, which he does reasonably well, and you can tell he's well-read on the topic. But as far as a bokk goes, it's mediocre.
(If you can't be bothered to buy it, go to the bookshop, and look at the few pictures in the middle, then you will.)
'Who am I? What am I like?'
A jinxed Japanese kamikaze pilot who just can't seem to die no matter how hard he tries, crashlands into a giant ceremonial penis and wakes up believing he is God. Not only is he a fascinatingly bizarre central character, but Fowler populates the rest of the world with craziness. In an ordinary world, the 'hero' would be locked away- but in the world of "The Astrological Diary Of God" large chunks of the population believe him, revere him as God, and worship his every move, as he attracts thousands of people to watch him climb a tree and masturbate furiously, he divides the island of Jersey into twelve sections using brick walls to keep all the people with different star signs away from one another, he is put on trial for his life accused of creating too much matter in the universe which might eventually lead to the universes' end when it gets too heavy, and that's just the beginning.
As well as being a satire about astrology and religious worship this is simply a very funny book.
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