- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Jonathan Cape (29 Oct. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0224078097
- ISBN-13: 978-0224078092
- Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 2 x 28.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Robert Crumb's Book of Genesis Hardcover – 29 Oct 2009
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"an extraordinary, even an inspired book". --Saturday Times
`faithful recreation of Christianity's original story' --Daily Telegraph
'this is a markedly mature work' --Metro
From the Creation to the death of Joseph, here are all fifty chapters of the Book of Genesis, revealingly illustrated as never before.See all Product Description
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Simply put, R. Crumb was one of the last artists I would ever have expected to take on the illustration of a significant portion of the Bible. Even more surprising is the fact that his approach to this illustrated version of the Book of Genesis is not of a satirical or hypercritical nature. This book was a serious effort that involved four years of effort, a great deal of research, and surprisingly serious reflection on Crumb's part. As an agnostic, he approached the Book of Genesis as a work of literature with deep roots in the public consciousness, and he strove to provide a literal presentation of the story (including all of the "begots"). I find a great deal of irony in that last point.Read more ›
In comic book terms of course, Crumb is already a justly famous artist, his mastery of pencil and pen is amazing, and the artwork in this version of the Genesis text is incredible.
Moreover to put some fears at rest, he doesnt take any liberties with the text. It's basically `as is' (albeit with the mandatory additions of chapters, and the occasional Crumb footnote).
It's a beautifully illustrated book, and the illustration is very well researched, adding a new dimension to the text in places.
My only grumble with the book is that in my opinion Crumb has over-sexualised some of the female characters. I think he does this to try and emphasise their power and importance, but I think the pneumatic breasts and rounded buttocks which appear clothed and unclothed as the the stories demand, are at times unneccesarily exagerated.
Textual literalists may also complain that while Crumb doesnt add or subtract from the words, he does add some new layers of meaning (although well researched of course) via facial expressions and background contexts in certain scenes.
In all, an excellent book, really beautifully drawn. There are issues surrounding sexualisation, and in my opinion this is a consistent issue with Crumb, but if you can ignore that, then there is the real possibility that this will open up the ancient and awesome book of Genesis in a new way for the reader, and that is always welcome.
Parental advisory: contains sexual and violent content.
It's my favourite and it helps you explain how things were and how they've never changed in some parts of the world. To a "believer" it makes no difference as they conveniently ignore all these inconveniences but to critical and sober mind it's no different then reading about mythology and folk tales.
It's easy to read, lovely illustrated and you can dip into it at any page without losing the plot. 5 stars all the way.
Crumb illustrates Abraham getting it on with his two daughters; the men of Sodom wanting to "know" a couple of angels in Lot's house & other shennagins of all kinds, etc., etc., etc. Need I go on?. However, having not read Genesis before & being familiar with his "Fritz the cat", I decided a cartoon book would a great way to read about it all. I am not disappointed with the book at all. A picture is worth a thousand words & after reading about the atrocious behaviour of the characters in the Book of Genesis, then why any person could possibly think that any version of the Bible (& there are many) could be a good guide for human relationships, well frankly, it's beyond my comprehension. I recommend this book to anyone can handle the truth.
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We all think we know Genesis. It has plenty of well-known stories, but several less-repeated ones.
This book is “just Genesis” — nothing added, and nothing taken away. Read more
I saw the original drawings for Robert Crumbs illustrated book of Genesis and thought it was wonderful. So to get it in my stocking this Christmas was great. Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2014 by Mr. M. Todman
The book of Genesis as a murderous bonk-buster illustrated by Robert Crumb.... what more could you ask for ? Excellent !Published on 17 Jan. 2014 by D. J. Brock
am not religious at all but Crumbs take on it is fascinating...never thought i'd find myself reading a book of the bible! So worth the money! thoroughly recommend it,Published on 19 Nov. 2013 by mvp
I bought this book thinking it was a send up of the Genesis story,but it was R Crumb's drawings telling the actual Biblical account. Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2013 by Brizdaz
If you are a Crumb fan then you are probably going to want this on your bookshelf. That said, it is pretty much a straightforward illustration of Genesis without any added humour... Read morePublished on 21 May 2013 by Snappy Chris