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The Book of Genesis - Robert Crumb
The Book of Genesis
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Nominated for three 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: From Creation to the death of Joseph, here are all 50 chapters of the Book of Genesis, revealingly illustrated as never before.Envisioning the first book of the bible like no one before him, R. Crumb, the legendary illustrator, reveals... show more
Nominated for three 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: From Creation to the death of Joseph, here are all 50 chapters of the Book of Genesis, revealingly illustrated as never before.Envisioning the first book of the bible like no one before him, R. Crumb, the legendary illustrator, reveals here the story of Genesis in a profoundly honest and deeply moving way. Originally thinking that we would do a take off of Adam and Eve, Crumb became so fascinated by the Bible’s language, “a text so great and so strange that it lends itself readily to graphic depictions,” that he decided instead to do a literal interpretation using the text word for word in a version primarily assembled from the translations of Robert Alter and the King James bible. Now, readers of every persuasion—Crumb fans, comic book lovers, and believers—can gain astonishing new insights from these harrowing, tragic, and even juicy stories. Crumb’s Book of Genesis reintroduces us to the bountiful tree lined garden of Adam and Eve, the massive ark of Noah with beasts of every kind, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed by brimstone and fire that rained from the heavens, and the Egypt of the Pharaoh, where Joseph’s embalmed body is carried in a coffin, in a scene as elegiac as any in Genesis. Using clues from the text and peeling away the theological and scholarly interpretation that have often obscured the Bible’s most dramatic stories, Crumb fleshes out a parade of Biblical originals: from the serpent in Eden, the humanoid reptile appearing like an alien out of a science fiction movie, to Jacob, a “kind’ve depressed guy who doesn’t strike you as physically courageous,” and his bother, Esau, “a rough and kick ass guy,” to Abraham’s wife Sarah, more fetching than most woman at 90, to God himself, “a standard Charlton Heston-like figure with long white hair and a flowing beard.” As Crumb writes in his introduction, “the stories of these people, the Hebrews, were something more than just stories. They were the foundation, the source, in writing of religious and political power, handed down by God himself.” Crumb’s Book of Genesis, the culmination of 5 years of painstaking work, is a tapestry of masterly detail and storytelling which celebrates the astonishing diversity of the one of our greatest artistic geniuses. Nominated for three 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: Best Adaptation from Another Work, Best Graphic Album, Best Writer/Artist.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780393061024 (0393061027)
ASIN: 393061027
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
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Ruined by Reading
Ruined by Reading rated it
4.0 God may be disappointed, but I wasn't
God is Disappointed in You by Mark Russell is anything but disappointing. That goofy guy who used to sit behind a star-spangled baby grand and sing about ridiculous politicians has now taken on the Bible. This retelling is accurate, but irreverent. Ironies, inconsistencies, and Pharisees abound. And...
Osho
Osho rated it
Through his illustrations, Crumb draws attention to parts of Genesis we might otherwise elide over or interpret differently. The amount of pagan worship apparently engaged in by our protagonists is highlights by, for example, the number of times oil is poured over just-erected standing stones. The v...
Musings of a Book Addict
Musings of a Book Addict rated it
3.0 The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb
An epic undertaking, to be sure. I just couldn't help wishing he had chosen a different text - like James Joyce's Ulysses (which admittedly in comic form, would probably be 200,000 pages long!). Genesis is such a rough part of the New Testament - God is a fierce and violent God, to say the least. Se...
megancsparks
megancsparks rated it
Dude, the Bible is weird.Seriously, I think adding pictures to the text just makes Genesis even weirder than it already is. Not only are you reading about weird stuff like wrestling with angels, you're seeing it. It really serves to highlight the way the Bible is a weird mishmash of multiple stories...
Gypsy Librarian on Books
Gypsy Librarian on Books rated it
3.0 The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb
I gave it only 3 stars mostly because it is the Book of Genesis from the Bible, which is not something I find engaging in terms of reading. With that aside, I have to say that this is a pretty interesting way to read a part of the Bible. If you know Crumb's art, then you know what you are getting in...
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