- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; Reissue edition (1 Sept. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345316509
- ISBN-13: 978-0345316509
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.8 x 17.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Job: a Comedy of Justice Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 2002
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After he firewalked in Polynesia, the world wasn't the same for Alexander Hergensheimer, now called Alec Graham. As natural accidents occurred without cease, Alex knew Armageddon and the Day of Judgement were near. Somehow he had to bring his beloved heathen, Margrethe, to a state of grace, and, while he was at it, save the rest of the world ....See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The plot is comparatively simple: Alex Hergensheimer, fundamentalist priest, finds himself shunted from alternate reality to alternate reality, with his only constant his new-found love-at-first-sight Margrethe as his traveling companion and the clothes on his back. Such changes impose severe hardships, as again and again he finds himself without spendable money or records of who he is, and must survive by taking any jobs he finds available, chiefly dish-washing. Culture shock is also heavily prevalent, as his own ideas of what is proper in terms of women's dress, public displays of affection, acceptable language, and what should be (in his mind) the one and only acceptable religion are continuously rubbed headlong into the facts and customs of totally different cultures. Alex is quite a bit of a prig, whose ideas on papists, Jews, and blackamoors are horrendously prejudicial, and finds these changes very difficult to take. His take on the entire experience is that either he is totally paranoid, that these shifts are directed solely at him, or that these are signs and portents of the coming Armageddon. That his paranoia is justified and Armageddon really is just around the corner is the logical conclusion to this, but what he finds and does in both Heaven and Hell may not be at all what the reader is expecting.Read more ›
Many situations in the book are very amusing and the whole idea is irreverent but never intended in my view to insult any religion.
It is very different and is not what I'd describe as SF exactly although there are some elements there.
Heinlein's later work seems to deal with love and affection between people, decency, fairness and indeed Justice as in the title. From my point of view he deals with these subjects well and in a natural, untwisted way.
Some of thw worlds visited are very funny, especially those most like ours. One constant is that whilst the powerful and almighty appear bent on being as unhelpful as possible, there is a willingness running through the whole story of the ordinary person to offer nothing but help and decency.
It is outrageous and funny and not one to miss.
Job is a modern retelling of the story of Job. The Biblical Job, of course, was the subject of a wager between God and Satan. Satan would throw everything he had at Job, and God bet that his servant's faithfulness would remain intact - as it did, despite Job losing all of his family and wealth while suffering terrible physical torments. Our modern Job is Alex Hergensheimer, a fundamentalist preacher turned fund-raiser from a most devout, sexually repressed version of America. On vacation in the Polynesians, he stupidly wagers that he can walk across a bed of hot coals. Now, fire-walking is generally a pretty dangerous business, but in Alex's case, walking on the hot coals is the easy part. The hard part comes when he emerges from the ordeal - and finds himself in a world that is not his own. It looks like his world, but he finds himself boarding a different ship and living the life of another man - someone named Alec Graham. He decides to play things by ear and try to solve the mystery when he returns to the States. The only good thing about his extraordinary situation is the companionship he finds with a stewardess named Margrethe.Read more ›
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I first read this many years ago. On re-reading, it still holds up as, in my view, one of Heinlein's best books. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2015 by AB
Robert Heinlein's views on religion were no secret: he took a sceptical, even cynical view of dogma, priests, and churches, but nevertheless maintained a reasoned agnosticism. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2014 by T. D. Welsh
Read this book before over ten years ago and loved it, have been trying to find for a while in reasonable conditions and I did, now it takes place proudly on my book shelfPublished on 3 Dec. 2013 by Irbis
a realy great book, makes you think about god in a new light one of those books that you love or realy hatePublished on 28 Nov. 2013 by mike malynn
Great book. I picked it up on holiday in a libraryat a cottage in Australia but didn't finish it before I left. I needed to buy it when I got homePublished on 22 May 2013 by ROY T HEDGES
I bought this book for another person, I was really bummed that it took almost two months to arrive. It's in good shape even though it was a few stickers on the cover.Published on 10 Mar. 2013 by SaraMoon