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The Book of Mr. Natural Hardcover – July 6, 2010
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Mr Natural is a guru who does exactly what good gurus ought to do: he shakes us up by refusing to act like we think holy people should act. He has a roving eye for the ladies, he cusses, at times he appears heartless or indifferent, and the advice he offers--when he does offer it, which isn't all that often--frequently comes across as whacky. He's so irreverent that it's easy to see him as irrelevant. But nothing could be further from the truth, because Mr Natural is like one of those Taoist sages who, dressed in rags and laughing uproariously, serve as living reminders for the rest of us not to take ourselves, our lifestyles, and our values so seriously. Self-honesty is what Mr Natural wants from us.
As Flakey Foont discovers over and over in the Mr Natural comix, though, self-honesty is hard to come by, because self-deception feels so damn good, especially to us "booshwah" types. We deceive ourselves all the time about our seething sexual desires ("Mr Natural stops Talking," "The Girlfriend," and the marvelous Devil Girl stories). We deceive ourselves about our piety, pretending that what we want to believe is what we should believe ("Mr Natural Goes to a Meeting of the Minds," "Om Sweet Om," and "Sittin' Around the Kitchen Table"). We deceive ourselves about work and ambition ("It's a workaday World") and, in one of the best two stories in this volume, we deceive ourselves when we think about God ("Mr Natural Meets 'The Kid'").Read more ›
Robert Crumb has an uncanny way of telling the absolute truth. Mr. Natural is as natural as we may all be if it were not for the hang-ups that our parents and teachers impose upon us as children. He tells the truth as it really is - and how is that you say? Well one of the most important truths is not to forget whatever it was you were supposed to remember... and if you do... well just make it up!
After all... twas ever thus!
Excellent collection of Mr Natural's adventures thru life - a must have for anyone who used to say cool but will probably go over the head of anyone who says kewl.
It's a fun read, but it's not Crumb's best work. However, it does bring back good memories.
If only I had save those original Zap comics and other underground comics I had back then...
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R Crum is not for everybody. A few pages depict what we would consider racist views today, but, in the context of everything else he does, I would consider just more of his... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Neal Hoesing
Of all of R. Crumb's characters, I think Mr. Natural has the most timeless appeal. This is the most sensible cartoon I ever read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Chris Lo Pinto
Is this still relevant for 2014? Anyone asking that is overthinking the issue. This is great humor from the master of underground comix. Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by M. Murray
If you were a child of the 60's, Crumb rules! Some say sick, others say brilliantly funny stuff! Mr. Natural in the desert with Big Baby one of the most hilarious Cartoons!Published on December 1, 2013 by C. R. George
I loved this book, it takes me back to the 60's and 70's when I was a kid...It is exciting to see the underground comics that shocked the authorities, and our parents...!!Published on March 16, 2013 by David Tallmadge
The short stories compiled on this volume might be short in length, but the pack a wallop on wisdom and insights of life. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by Francisco Gonzalez Cruz
Mr.Natural is one of R.Crumb's best characters,what more do you want?
Well worth the price of admission. pick it up.