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The Eternal Footman Paperback – October 1, 2000
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Cirrus clouds rimmed God's skull. He appeared to be wearing a white toupee. At least there weren't any ads today. Why the Vatican permitted the multinationals to aim their lasers at His brow was a mystery she couldn't fathom. Contemplating the Cranium Dei was depressing enough. You shouldn't have to read COKE IS IT in the bargain.
Depressing? That's not the half of it, as Judeo-Christians, sure at last that nothing but blackness awaits beyond death, become "Nietzsche-positive" and are stalked by the leering embodiments of personal apocalypse. Nora Burkhart's son Kevin is the first of millions to succumb to the awful symptoms of abulia, the fatal result of death-awareness. Western civilization crumbles while Nora struggles to take her comatose son to a legendary clinic in Mexico, where a strange, powerful man is rumored to have a cure. Meanwhile, a spiritual sculptor finds inspiration in a new pantheon after his masterpiece is mangled by the Vatican--but the new gods may require the ultimate sacrifice.
This is James Morrow, after all, and despair is always accompanied by enlightenment in his satirical morality tales. Taking cues from Dante, the legend of Gilgamesh, and an imagined debate between Erasmus and Martin Luther, Morrow finds redemption for humanity in the simplest acts of decency. Giant stone brains, God's evil intestines, and the still-guilty captain of the oil-spilling tanker Valparaiso make memorable appearances in The Eternal Footman, a worthy finish to Morrow's trilogy, and a fair but passionate defense of "the West's greatest gift to the world, the miraculous faculty of rational doubt." --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Years after the trial at The Hague, God's body disassembled itself piece by piece, His intestines swimming through the ocean like a gigantic snake and His skull sits in geosynchronous orbit over Times Square. The Vatican rents His skull for advertisers, so people are treated to Microsoft and Coca-Cola ads 24/7. But, it causes other problems as well...
In Nora's struggle and the development of the Temple in Mexico, Morrow reveals the ultimate philosophical lesson in his Jehovah Trilogy: that human value should not be created by external things, even God. It's what Nietzsche referred to as the "metaphysics of the hangman," and is echoed by those who claim that if there is no God, there is no point in living. That is what the plague victims seem to think, and that is what the Antichrist seeks to capitalize on. It is also what God wants humans to grow beyond.
It's the ultimate religious/existential lesson, one that Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and even Heidegger stressed in their works. It is also one of the most complex philosophical concepts to communicate, and Morrow manages to do it in one novel (actually, the setup was there through all the books).
Old characters are brought back, and new ones introduced. Like "Blameless," "Footman" is a walk in the forest to read, pleasant and dense without being oppressive.Read more ›
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James Morrow is a writer of religious and philosophical satire clothed in absurdist Vonnegutian fantasy - particularly of the abstract philosophical or religious concept made flesh... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alex Stark
So you've killed God, dumped his body in the ocean, dragged him out of the ocean to put him on trial and then shot his head into space where it turns into a giant skull in a sort... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael Battaglia
I was given a copy of The Eternal Footman, and since I did not pick the book off the shelf, I was a little suspect. After after reading the cover flap, I was even more so. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by Jonathon K
This is the third installment in Morrow's "God-head trilogy." He should have left it at just the first two. Read morePublished on February 21, 2004 by zionred
As with the other 2 books in this trilogy, I couldn't put it down. I thoroughly enjoyed this last book, which was the most nontheism-in-action. Read morePublished on December 18, 2002 by R. Morell
After the first two books of this trilogy, The Eternal Footman was somewhat a let down. I think it strayed too far away from the dead body of God, and went to far into this... Read morePublished on November 15, 2001 by Dennis Brunzell
In the final installment of the Godhead Trilogy, the corpse of God destroys itself in a spectacular display, hurling the Divine Skull into geosynchronous orbit over the East Coast... Read morePublished on March 9, 2001 by John C. Snider
This is the conclusion to what I like to dub Morrow's Unholy Trilogy, which began with the discovery and disposal of God's corpse in Towing Jehovah, and continued with his being... Read morePublished on January 28, 2001 by D. Nguyen
Well, there's so much to say about this book. It isn't simply satire, and those who didn't think it was "funny enough" aren't getting it. This book is a *challenge*. Read morePublished on January 21, 2001 by Alison Hudson