Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
Supposedly a comedic re-imagining of the gospels, but I’d argue that there’s really not that much actually re-imagined. I was going to write a long ranting review of this book, but I just cannot muster the energy. Just for starters, there is an incredibly infuriating rape scene. Plus, your typical rank misogyny and racism. I am so over comedy that seeks to uphold and reinforce existing systems of privilege rather than help dismantle them.
The Good Muslim
|The Good Muslim|
Covers the rise of radical Islam in Bangladesh as experienced by one family.
There was nothing really terrible about this book, and I know a lot of people have really liked it, but it just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, and there wasn’t really much going on plot-wise, until the rushed-feeling climax. It kind of reminded me of Thrity Umrigar – lots of internal dialogue, focus on female characters, South Asian setting. Unfortunately, I’m not really much of a fan of hers, either – but if you are, maybe this book is for you. I didn’t realize that it is actually the second in a series, so perhaps reading A Golden Age before this one would have at least helped me appreciate the characters a bit more.
(On a side not, when Zaid goes to the madrasa, it reminded me of clients who think their driving on a suspended license charge is no big deal, until they get sent to jail. It’s like, wow, this is NOT GOOD.)
The Sense of an Ending*
|The Sense of an Ending|
I have the feeling that if I’d sat down and read this in one sitting I would have had a completely different reaction to it. I loved the first portion that I read. I was completely wrapped up in this remembering of the past. I put it down, went to bed, and when I picked it up next the magic was just gone. The more I read the less I liked it. The concept is good – what is memory? who am I? who are these people I once knew? – but not particularly original. So basically – meh.
*Sent to me by the publisher
Have you read any of these? Think I’ve got it all wrong about your favorite book? Feel free to tell me about it 🙂