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The Dead Goat Scrolls by [Langstaff, Margaret Jean]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 159 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cedar Hill Press LLC (September 28, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00452VH6U
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As a southerner raised on the doctrines that the Biblical Stories were lessons to be learned and adhered to unless you wanted to be smote by an Angel of God, this book is a wonderful funny telling of the lead-up to the "Great Flood of Noah", and it brightens up my old fears of the "smiting". The resulting three-part story is actually quite entertaining, and the ironic way it is written is like the best of the Southern writers; those who take their Mint Juleps with a twist of Arsenic will know what that means. George Saunders said; "Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up." Margaret has turned the volume way up on her writing style with this fabulous little story in three part harmony. The ability to take serious material and curve it around till it can laugh at itself is a true writers gift, and Margaret has done that with this delightful little Novella.
Margaret Langstaff has taken the favorites of the Old Testament hierarchy and crafted them into a single woe-be-gone character named Ishmut, and then she landed him in the middle of an unforgiving land, with three wives (two of which are enough to make the poor man gnash his teeth in anguish), a descending horde of mutilators, a guardian angel in the form of a goat, and raised his tent at the crossroads of Bedlam! Using Southern witticism, the author has taken liberties' with the Bible Belts firm stance on upholding the Holy, and brought humor out to play with the dire forbearance of the Holy icons! Laughing my way through a book is always the best way to read one. Combining true Mountain storytelling and Southern tongue in cheek sarcasm, Margaret has taken a well known story and made it brand new. Read this one with an one eye on the look-out for the absurd, and you will find it!(Look out for the "smiting") The Dead Goat Scrolls
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This is a clever fable, not for the squeamish or overly sensitive. Nevertheless, my grown son's and I enjoyed the hilarious satire. It is quite Funny. The author clearly based this Biblical Spoof on a vast array of ancient knowledge.

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The description of this story(it's a long short story...or a short novella I guess you'd call it)above is dead on...this is like a mix of an irreverent take on the biblical tales, somehow successfully combined with a wry Southern voice. It has a plot that never stops being surprising, and a cast of characters with names like...the Assyromaniacs....a god named Crud....Ishmut's wives: Anthill, Shriek and Nan....and his daughters: Sweetie Pie My Darlin, Honey Pie My Darlin and Sugar Pie My Darlin. It's not easy to describe something this imaginative and original. I really had fun reading it. Very good writing,too. By that I mean, it's written by a real writer, so all of it, in its own imaginative world, makes sense within its own world. A surprising story, and I'm glad I clicked on it and read it.
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I truly enjoyed this short but great work and can't wait to get back to it for further reconsiderations. Many times I felt the urge to stop and Google what I found to be perfectly placed allusions in this peculiar tale of Old Testament truths. I would highly recommend giving it a read through if only for the delightful humor contained therein. In my not-so-humble opinion, anyone giving this text a poor review must have given it a quick surface read and didn't take time to contemplate the mysteries hidden beneath its hilarious plot.

**UPDATE:
I thought about doing something audacious today (unrelated to the topic at hand), which led me to Google audacity, which led me to read the Wikipedia article on Boldness, which led me to read the Wikipedia entry on Baucis and Philemon, which reminded me of this wonderful story. I suspect it (among other classic stories) was partly the inspiration. It reminded me of how wonderfully hidden the mythology of the Fisher King is written in between the lines of The Sun Also Rises (which I also didn't realize until months after reading). This story is much more fun of course, and this parallel in particular was perfectly executed.
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