Comments: 6
Debbie's Spurts 5 years ago
Mormons and other faiths who believe Jesus did come here also are not exactly tiny religious groups in the U.S. where by Gaiman's logic Jesus would have been here. I couldn't buy the ocean too much to cross world-building myself -- not just for the Christian faith but also all the intrepid explorers and adventurers of others. Can anyone really think that Vikings and Greeks would not attempt ocean ocean crossings particularly if others had done so and established trade routes? That Loki and Hermes wouldn't be able ...
Murder by Death 5 years ago
I haven't read much of Gaiman, but from what I've read he tries to use mythology and religion effectively, accurately *and* faithfully - by which, I mean faithful to a deity's true nature as established by dogma or myth. To do that with Jesus in America would be almost impossible, because there's nothing about a faithful representation of Jesus (as an historically established god) that would be gun-toting, or Armani wearing. What he would end up with in parts of the country would be hopelessly corrupt; no longer anything like an accurate reflection of the established Jesus.

Actually, he should have played up JC's absence - it would have made quite a powerful statement about the dichotomy of what was and what is.
Abandoned by user 5 years ago
Interesting perspective. It would also have been an interesting play to have American Jesus be quite a distinctly different individual from the one who was walking along the road in Afghanistan. I agree with your comment generally, though, and I think it's insightful!
Great review!
Abandoned by user 5 years ago
Thanks! Have you read this one? What did you think?
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Great review.

The audiobook I had had a very short interview with Gaiman at the end where he explained that he had tried to write Jesus into the story and it just didn't work. It ended up being a scene in a bar where JC was a chilled dude diffusing a situation (from what I remember). It was a short scene, but Gaiman said he could not make it work / interact with the other gods, so eventually he dropped the idea.

I agree with you, tho, that to be true to Gods in America, Jesus should have been represented. It didn't bother my enjoyment of the book too much, tho.