This is definitely not the most politically, or religiously, correct book I have ever read…but it is one of the funniest and most enjoyable (especially when I found myself laughing out loud on the Toronto subway system and getting very cautious glances from fellow riders).
This was the first of Christopher Moore’s books that I read and have since found his brand of witty and dry humor working its way into my heart as a consistent favorite. This novel is told from the perspective of Biff, the very sarcastic and easily distracted best friend of Jesus. Biff has been raised from the dead and is being held hostage in a modern hotel room by a television obsessed angel who will not let him go anywhere until he completes his task of documenting all the adventures, knowledge, and perils he shared with Jesus.
With a very loose tie to traditional tales of the life of Christ, Biff’s story accounts for the years in which little is known of Jesus’ activities and travels, and paints a very different image from that which most of us are familiar (think mythical lizard demons and martial arts training in the desert). I recommend this book to practically everyone and anyone who has ever asked for a suggestion on what book they should read next. I will be eternally grateful to the friend who introduced me to this wealth of ridiculousness and hope that others will benefit from its quirky beauty.