God takes a look at the Earth around the time of the Renaissance and everything looks pretty good - so he takes a holiday. In Heaven-time this is just a week's fishing trip, but on Earth several hundred years go by. When God returns, he finds all hell has broken loose: world wars, holocausts, famine, capitalism and Christians. Everywhere. There's only one thing for it. They're sending the kid back.
JC, reborn, is a struggling musician in New York City, trying to teach the one true commandment: Be Nice! His best chance to win hearts and minds is to enter American Pop Star. But the number one show in America is the unholy creation of a record executive who's more than a match for the Son of God...Steven Stelfox....Continua
Una storia scritta con un linguaggio esplicito e disinvolto, che si legge con piacere e divertimento, ma non particolarmente coinvolgente e originale (un Gesù Cristo rockstar che torna sulla Terra per redimere il mondo e portare la buona novella? Aspetta, dov’è che l’ho già sentito?).
la critica alla religione – o per meglio alla religiosità – è forte, ma da Niven, sinceramente, mi aspettavo qualcosa in più. Mi aspettavo di più di un Dio che ripete il suo “Fate i bravi” come un mantra, che si indigna, ma non abbastanza per le brutture del mondo. Non mi è bastato Belzebù-Satana-Lucignolo, insomma quellolì, che come unica tortura ha in mente la trita e ritrita sodomia. Ma soprattutto non mi è bastato un Messia hippie e fricchettone che per dire urbi et orbi “Fate i bravi” è costretto a partecipare a un malefico talentshow .
E se le copertine parlano da sole, questa, con la facciona del belloccio di turno in stile santino sudamericano diceva già molto.
Le prime 100 pagine di questo libro sono forse il meglio che ho letto nel 2019. Allo stesso tempo divertenti, intelligenti, blasfeme, stimolanti...insomma questo libro andrebbe letto anche soltanto per quelle prime 100 pagine.
Poi il libro continua bene e si fa leggere che è una bellezza, immaginando questa storia di Gesù di ritorno sulla Terra ai giorni nostri...
Buona lettura...io intanto cerco altri libri di John Niven da leggere
Bellissima la parte del paradiso, se dio esiste veramente voglio che sia cosí! un po’ scontata la parte di gesù che torna sulla terra, tutto sommato una lettura interessante
What if God would decide to send another time Jesus back to Earth? Back from an holiday of two weeks (equivalent to about four-five hundreds years on Earth) he passed relaxing and go fishing, God is back to work and he discovered that everything on Earth is going to shit. When he left to take a break, on Earth it was during the period on Renaissance, and standing at his parameters everything was going fine, but what happened during the last hundreds of years really make him angry. He thought about eventually to destroy and rebuild everything from the start, but it required a lot of time and he didn't want to stay alone watching trilobites waiting for the evolution of the mankind or to stay sit looking the Bronze Age in which the main form of entertainment was... bronze! On the other hand he that the mankind made also a lot of good things, so he just had to admit that they simply didn't understand at all his messages. Many guilties were actually committed by Moses. He wrote himself a lot of stupid rules, while God told him to spread to the humanity just one message: 'Be Nice'. So in the end he decided it is time to send another time back on Earth his kid, 'that little bastard' of Jesus, who appearently he's not enthusiast about this solution, also because he remembered well how things went the other time, but he of course had to accept the willing on his father. When he get back on Earth, grown up in a small town of the USA, he finally took residence in New York City, when he passed his time playing with his rock indie band and helping every people he met, trying to spread the message, 'Be Nice'. One day, it came the opportunity for him to partecipate to a popoular talent show on TV. He wasn't so convicted to take part to it, but in the end he decided that it was a great occasion to spread his message, to he took it. He became popoular, the most popoular man in the United States of America and he got a contract to make an album with an important label. In the meanwhile he also granted a lot of money and he started an his own community when he accepted all the kind of people, but of course also this time everything didn't go so easy as the previous. A fiction novel that I found much more funny and of good entertainment than rich of ethical or moral contents (noone of them are contained in this book and this is good in my opinion) or trying ot make a concrete analysis of the US and the Western world situation. Jesus appears like he is exactly Kurt Cobain, a confontation myself made a lot of time and that I could understand if it is also made by John Niven, than on the other hand it's born in 1972 and he's passionate about rock music, so... But I also thought about Jonestown, the religious community of the People's Temple Agricultural Project, founded by the reverend Jim Jones. A story that ended in blood and madness. No confrontation is able about the Jesus of John Niven and Jim Jones, but who knows if the author thought, writing the novel, also about that fucking crazy Reverend and other similar religious realities in the USA. Possibly yes, probably not. On the other hand he isn't from the USA, but he is scottish, a reality far different from the one of that fucking big crazy country.
Non male, seppur inizialmente spinto e blasfemo (e chissenefrega aggiungerei). Divertente e verosimile (se oggi gesù tornasse lo crederebbero tutti pazzo), bella la critica alla chiesa e alla figura del cristiano tradizionale. Impagabili le scene all'inferno...Continua