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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1430322454
- Publisher: Robert G. Brown (18 Nov. 2007)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0010498S0
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If you've never heard of Lilith, you're in for a treat. In Mesopotamian mythology, she is related to a class of demons, and in Jewish midrash, she's the first wife of Adam, before Eve came along. Lilith herself penned the words of this book, and her story is both sensual and intelligent. Also a tad graphic, but you may not notice this; readers of ancient holy books become experienced in glossing over sex and violence.
Professor Brown is an avowed atheist, or so I imagine he once a-vowed, before a-writing this book. His atheism lends credibility to the truth of Lilith; if you are familiar with biblical criticism, you know the strength of the Criterion of Embarrassment. This basically proves the authenticity of the Lilith story, for here we have an atheist repeatedly acquiescing to discuss religious concepts such as God and Soul. (God, bless Her soul, seems to have chosen Professor Brown for this task; how could he refuse?)
Lilith is modern, hardly subservient, a libber before the term was coined, and rightfully so, for she is much more interesting than Adam--and knows it. Her job is to dispense souls to the world's people, while Adam's job is to make up all the rules. Needless to say, friction develops, and Adam and Lilith separate. Both head their own direction in what becomes a quest for enlightenment. Lilith's writing style is also strikingly modern--witty and occasionally satirical toward the religious ideas she knew would evolve thousands of years later. Yes, luckily for 21st-century readers, Lilith possesses a preternatural knowledge of the future, and often expresses herself in idioms like "movies" and "skyscrapers," concepts quite unfamiliar to ancient readers, but which make the text read more contemporary. (Curiously, Lilith seems to have no knowledge of events and inventions further in the future or scientific concepts beyond our current understanding, save one: an upcoming slaughter of billions in the name of God. Might the time have come?)
Like any holy book, Lilith's theological wisdoms must be teased from its depths, and ... well, let's just say it's a captivating book, whether the cover is open or closed. You might even come to see life's purpose a little differently.
Aside from the spiritual aspect for all of us, divorced women of controlling husbands will identify with Lilith and perhaps understand a little more clearly what was going on with their ex-husbands. At times I found it astonishing that this book was written by a man.
This book will make you laugh; it will make you cry, and it will make you think.
Loved this book and highly recommend it.
I plan on reading some more books on Inanna because of this one book. Heck, no one religion has the perfect path to Nirvana.
One has to wonder (at least this one reader) whether or not Dr. Brown actually cultivated his own ergot. (If so, he did a very good job, I must say.) (Echoes of Judy Tenuta nasally resonating: "It could happen".)
There's certainly more here than meets the "one good eye lookin up at ya". (This is NOT your father's Book Of Lilith, that's for sure.) The physicist/poet conveys what the zealot (religious OR academic) cannot, inspired by what he sees through the eyes of his soul, which he then generously pens - all naked and innocent and messy - because that's how life is.
This is the feast of Lilith, compared to other vapid works purportedly written about her (regurgitated and repackaged by academic psychoanalysts), that Bob Dylan might have aptly entitled: "Forever Jung". Or Bob Hope might have crooned: "Thanks for the Mammaries". And while this work could have easily been entitled "Who's On Top?" (borrowed and slightly modified from the popular Abbott and Costello routine), it, like life, has more twists and turns than a bunch of ergot-hallucinating snakes on a roller coaster ride. It creates a Lilith way beyond her wantonness; it shows her humanness, her loneliness, her wisdom, her loving kindness, and her sacrifices and penance. And in so doing, it teases and tickles awake all of those same qualities that lie dormant in each of us.
This is a portrait of Lilith that the world has never seen before. But don't expect to be breast fed and suckled from either one of her timelessly perky glands; think more along the line of ill-tempered whiskey poured by a crusty barkeep out of a dusty bottle in a crowded saloon in the Wild Wild West. This is not your basic "Lilith Good, Adam Bad" story in which everything gets tied up in a nice neat little predigested pablum baby bottle. (And it is most certainly not your run of the mill Whore Of Babylon "Lilith Bad, Adam Good" farce either.) It's multi-layered, paradoxical, and messy, like life itself, complete with all the age old questions regarding life, its origins, its male/female pairings, its meanderings through history, it's Eternal Present, and its dread-inducing future. Life is messy. The Bible is messy. G-d is messy. And this book captures that messiness more honestly and powerfully than most. If you're looking for an easy, linear account of one of the most fascinating characters/archetypes of all time, you're not going to find it here. What you are going to find is a literary work that poses the questions of the ages, and proffers some novel (some pun intended), humorous, wise, and challenging answers/solutions.
For starters, TBoL does an excellent job of placing the reader INSIDE the Garden of Eden, rather than merely giving the reader a description OF the Garden of Eden. The book then yanks the reader OUT of the Garden by her/his genitalia, along with Lilith and Adam (and the rainbow of human emotions evoked by such a rude eviction), in a visceral way the goes well beyond routine Theology or Philosophy. (And that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface, what with the introduction of the Lilith/Eve twin hybrid popping up, seemingly out of nowhere. And what about Cain? He never has a partner -- or any kind. Was that his choice, or was he simply unAble?) (Sorry...I couldn't resist the temptation.)
The main issue I have with TBoL's presentation of its heroine is that it offers up a rather large, unpalatable dose of "forgive and forget" when it comes to Adam's sins against Lilith, which bears an uneasy resemblance to battered wife syndrome. (i.e. Yes, he raped me and punched me and humiliated me and never cared about my needs, only his own, and never really appreciated me for who I am, but gosh darn it, there's still a special place in my heart for him. He was just so darned cute after he was created, what with him being all naked and handsome and innocent and stuff. And he said he was sorry, and that he'd never do it again. And it was probably partly my fault he acted the way he did. And after all...he WAS my first.)
Furthermore, while it was fine to divide the tasks between "soul giving/healing" (Lilith) and "rule making/sin demarcation" (Adam), the nature of Adam's rules were more than a bit ambiguous for my taste, and from what I could glean, downright distasteful for their chauvinism. And his ultimate penance, in my book, was just a bit too little, a lot too late. So if the message that was meant to be delivered is that it was okay with Lilith, and/or okay in general, to spread chauvinistic "rules" throughout the world, with both Eve and Lilith supporting such a plan while they headed off to the back of the bus, with a last rite confession tossed in for good measure (at least they didn't sit around a campfire, holding hands, singing Kumbaya), then, sorry...I'm just not pickin up what's bein laid down.
Aside from that, TBoL provides the reader with a delicious all you can eat array of exotic, never before tasted food for thought, topped off with whipped cream and a fresh, Brahman cherry. But when all is said and done, what I got from the book is this: it really doesn't matter if Lilith is on top; or Adam is on top; or they're lying side by side. Because behind the curtain, G-d is on top; and on the bottom; and in the middle. It's a shell game after all. "Souls with rules". And the winners and losers are all just players in G-d's Grand Shell Game, for G-d's entertainment, to assuage G-d's Eternal boredom. (And sometimes our own as well.) (Not to mention the profound understanding that "freedom ain't free".) But not to worry...the G-d in TBoL is not always laughing at us; sometimes It's laughing with us; and crying with us; and, if you care to believe it, loving us at each step along the way of this, our Divine Evolutionary Genetic Mutating journey.