The story of why I started reading this book is a long one. Shortly after I finished his Vampire series, I found Lamb second-hand in great condition and bought it. I put it on my shelf and forgot, and every time I selected a book to read, I kept forgetting about this one. Then, a couple years ago, I started reading it …and put a bookmark in the first page and put it away. I kept thinking to myself that I needed to get back to that book, and I kept finding something more interesting to read. It was actually a few weeks ago a friend commented on a Facebook video and asked if I had ever heard of Christopher Moore. So, in that conversation, Lamb was brought up. I think my friend’s actual comment was ‘if everyone read Lamb there would be peace on Earth.’ And since this woman is one of the most amazing people I have ever met, I believed her, so I picked up Lamb to finish reading the very next day.
Unfortunately, I can’t talk about Lamb without bringing up Religion, so if that’s not your bag, please feel free to skip this review.
Lamb is the story of Joshua (Jesus) told by his friend Levi called Biff (because that’s the sound his head made when smacked). Biff is brought back from the dead by an Angel to write his own Gospel about Joshua, specifically, the first 30 years of his life.
Moore has researched as much as possible about the life of Jesus and conditions of the world back then, but even he admits he has had to change some information to work in his story, and some other stuff he just could not find.
With that knowledge in mind, Moore illustrates what life could have been like for the young Son of God, and his family around him. Only Moore made sure to fill it to the brim with his sense of humor. The story itself is written by Biff, in a hotel room monitored by an angel. So the story is broken up from Biff talking about his history with Joshua, and trying to outsmart the angel.
The story of Joshua revolves around his search for the three Magi that witnessed his birth. Joshua is afraid that he is not ready to be the Messiah, so he wanted to find the Magi and see if there is anything they could teach him. He spends years with each one, learning their teachings and their religions, and using that knowledge to form what he believes is what God wants him to learn. I love that instead of yelling “blasphemer” and other religious slang, he learned and grew with each teacher. Seeing the way Moore wrote each interaction, I agree 100% that the world would be a better place if everyone read it.
Granted, the story of Jesus is not a pleasant one, but what he learns and tries to teach to everyone are actually some lessons the world needs to remember.
Religious aspect aside, the story is amazingly written, as to be expected, and hilarious and sarcastic to boot. I woke my husband up a few times groaning at some of the jokes. The first time I woke him up, my response was “Jesus created coffee …” and since there was no context it woke him up out of curiosity and he made me backtrack and explain what the hell I was talking about.
Even though I’m not religious, I loved this book. It is classic Christopher Moore, hilarious, heart-warming, sarcastic, and honest.