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A little dodgy, but an entertaining read.
on 6 January 2012
It's an interesting work, although it could certainly do with some revision to reflect more politically correct views. The author also seems to lack understanding of society. I would like to focus on the characterisation of who most would say is the main character of the first part of the book. God seems overly prone to anger, and reacts violently whenever provoked. Even when not angered, he seems quite cruel and vindictive, such as when he set a trap for Eve, and punished her, her husband and all of their descendants for falling for it. Apart from making him hard to empathise with, this portrays him as a very one-dimensional person. This type of character is common as an antagonist in the plot, so I suppose it is interesting to see the variety, but I think it sends the message to the reader more vulnerable to influence that it is moral to behave in the way god does. God also seems to have a god-complex which the author chooses not to explore.
There are a number of inconsistencies in the first chapter, namely Cain's acquisition of a wife when he was supposed to be one of two male children to the only human beings on earth. As it seems unlikely that Cain took an animal or his mother for a wife, I think this is one area that needs revision. There is also the matter of the long lives of the early humans, which are quite ridiculous.
I found the list of 'laws' inappropriate, especially for the young reader, and at times quite offensive. The book prescribes death for the insignificant offense of eating shellfish or engaging in consensual adult intercourse with certain types of people which make up a very, very long list. It also addresses the issue of adultery, and although I agree with remaining faithful to one's partner if possible, The punishments the book prescribes are unduly harsh, as I believe in personal choice for issues like that one. I think every attempt should be made to find the author of this book, and insure that his fetish for murder and 'hell and brimstone' doesn't lead him to play out his fantasies. There are also some signs of plagiarism that need to be fully investigated.
The bible offers some advice which certainly should not be tried at home. It advocates blind faith in a non-existant imaginary friend, bigotry, sexism, homophobia, slavery, and even cutting of or plucking out an offending hand or eye. This could be quite dangerous to one's health.
On the subject of the plot, it was a bit scattered and long-winded. Apart from god, it didn't seem to focus on one character long enough for the reader to empathise with him or her, until Paul made an appearance in the latter half of the book. Paul seemed quite drived, although morally questionable, and succeeded in making the story world significantly worse than when he started. He wouldn't be the ideal role model for my children. However, the plot was quite interesting once you look past it's problems, as the more uneducated reader can do with ease. The ending is positively horrifying, although I won't say anymore, so as not to spoil the surprise.
I would have liked to be advised of it's questionable moral standards and X-rated content before obtaining my copy of it. I also think it shouldn't be available to under 18s due to the large amount of explicit violence.
Rated: 1 star for the acceptable plot.