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Only Begotten Daughter (Harvest Book) Paperback – February 28, 1996
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If God is the Eternal Light, then why do His children live in such darkness? James Morrow wrestles with the age-old challenge of theodicy--how can an all-Good and all-Powerful Deity allow a world with suffering? His vehicle in this excursion is God's daughter, a fertilized ovum found in a male sperm donation, and brought to term in an artificial uterus.
The world is indeed a dark place, and Julie Katz, (That's "Miss God" to you!) seems to find herself in some of the darkest corners. Why is God so distant? Why are miracles so useless?
Religious fanatics and Devout Believers in Scientism both show up in bad form in this book. If you're an existentialist with a dark sense of humor, you'll love reading this. If you're a devout, evangelical Christian, I suspect you won't have as much fun.
Morrow writes well, he dares to tread on the teats of many a sacred cow, and he does so exquisitely well. For those who find their understanding of God and religion offended, I offer you this quote from Julie Katz "If somebody kick your right buttock, turn the other cheek." (p. 260)
Although the characters are somewhat charicaturish, they each have their own depth, motivation, and occasionally act to surprise the reader. The leading characters are more archetypal than human, and that is part of the book's power.
Morrow gets five stars for a solid, well engineered plot. Five stars for characters who live beyond the pages of the books & occasionally drift into our dreams. Five more stars for telling it well, with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Courage. Morrow gets about five billion stars for courage--after all, he's insulted every fundamentalist this side of Venus.Read more ›
While for some it was the ending here that they remember (I won't spoil it), for me the best part was when God's only begotten daughter meets God's only begotten son and explained what had happened on earth after his departure. "They eat me," he says, referring to the Eucharist. "Disgusting."
Jill says that if you were of the total God-fearing type, then you would probably be offended by this book. She feels that an aethiest wouldn't like it much either, for as much as it "blasphemes," it comes out fairly spiritual. For those of us who can stand having religion poked at (like, at least Morrow wasn't targeted by the Pope for assassination following the printing of this book), it's a bunch of laughs among some interesting theological play.
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Another brilliant book by James Morrow, this one aimed at some of the confusing aspects of religion, as well as some of the hypocrisy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dan S. Tong
I did not know what to expect, but once I got started reading Only Begotten Daughter, I could not put it down. I will not spoil the ending, but it was pure genius. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Geena G.
A fun story that follows in the footsteps of Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller, the writing is good, the story moves along well, and the characters are (mostly) well fleshed-out. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Scholarly idea, silly execution at times. The suspension of disbelief is one thing but this rambles on to nowhere. Read morePublished 7 months ago by WDH
This biting satire would not be to everyone's taste, but I found it thought-provoking, amusing in many places and chilling in many others. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Elenora R. Sabin
Overall, an o.k. book, with some truly spectacular passages, as when Julie stumbles upon her brother in the most unlikely of places. Read morePublished 11 months ago by KayJay
Only Begotten Daughter is one of the best books I have read in my life. Morrow writes alike the literary love child of Groucho Marx and Salman Rushdie. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ELBSeattle
The book lack strength. Would had thought a daughter of God would be more empowering. Jersey seemed well represented. LenghtyPublished 13 months ago by Tammy Augstine
** This book requires a very open mind, the ability to suspend judgment, and a deeply ingrained sense of humor. Read morePublished 17 months ago by MC