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God Is Dead Paperback – May 27, 2008
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a"Los Angeles Times"
a [A] cavalierly ambitious debut . . . with talking dogs, text messageahappy teenagers, and end-of-day shenanigans. Like Kurt Vonnegut, he seems to understand that in the face of grim and grave concerns, humor is a more powerful salt than screed.a
aJohn Freeman, "San Francisco Chronicle"
Currie s strength rests in his ability to focus humanity s conundrums on the smallest physical particles. The truth he presents is that the world has become absurd; he is merely delivering a steady-cam view.
"Los Angeles Times"
[A] cavalierly ambitious debut . . . with talking dogs, text message happy teenagers, and end-of-day shenanigans. Like Kurt Vonnegut, he seems to understand that in the face of grim and grave concerns, humor is a more powerful salt than screed.
John Freeman, "San Francisco Chronicle"
? Currie's strength rests in his ability to focus humanity's conundrums on the smallest physical particles. The truth he presents is that the world has become absurd; he is merely delivering a steady-cam view.?
?"Los Angeles Times"
? [A] cavalierly ambitious debut . . . with talking dogs, text message?happy teenagers, and end-of-day shenanigans. Like Kurt Vonnegut, he seems to understand that in the face of grim and grave concerns, humor is a more powerful salt than screed.?
?John Freeman, "San Francisco Chronicle"
Top Customer Reviews
The sun still rises and sets, because God had already set the planets in motion. But what happens to us?
This is the theme behind the novel, God is Dead.
It begins with God, disguised as a wounded Dinka woman from Sudan, being killed by the Janjaweed in the Darfur desert. The observation that feral dogs feeding on her body now speak ancient languages give rise to the conclusion that God, indeed, has died.
What happens next? Author Ron Currie looks at humanity from a variety of perspectives, and the text almost reads as if the succeeding chapters were given to a variety of authors to experiment with this theme. But they were all written by Currie, of course. He writes well, with intensity and clarity.
But God remains dead. No Gandalf resurrection here.
This novel is worthy of more than one reading. I've only read it the once, but I "see" that I missed subtle messages here. Knowing where Currie takes the story, I know I can get more out of it the second time around. It is also easy to select one or two chapters to revisit.
And remember, this is a novel, not a "God is not Great" expose of religion. But you will feel sorry for God, who lives, and dies, experiencing the suffering in Darfur.
Who is that sitting next to you?
that first story is that god has temporarily incarnated in the body of a dinka woman in africa, and during a rebel raid, is killed. theological inacuracy aside, the fictional ruminations of a world without god (or, as the a-theistic author would likely say, a world that learns god is dead and ceases all belief in god) are fascinating. it's not a john lennon "imagine there's no heaven" pretty picture -- it's a bloomin' mess! ferel dogs eat a small bit of the woman's body, and begin speaking in aramaic, and -- pretty soon -- the word is out.
it's an extremely imaginative collection of implications, with large portions of the macro narrative told through implication and color commentary. for instance, one of the stories is the first-person narrative of a guy who works for the government agency that exists to get parents to stop worshiping their children by weekly sessions to strong-arm parents into seeing the averageness of their children. but the contextual bits let us in on the reality that, in the wake of any reason for church, and with nothing else to worship, parents around the world begin worshipping their own children.
the stories have a chronology to them, only in that each subsequent story takes place further in time from the death of god.Read more ›
There's a few points where the events are obviously unable to happen in real life, but for the most part, it is all fairly realistic. It's also very intriguing to see how he thinks the world would play out if we had a god and that god ended up leaving us on our own. Some people couldn't handle it and some handle it adequately, but it's obvious that everyone is changed from this butterfly effect. The shot fired from that man in the desert that takes the life force from the girl that god chose to inhabit was the catalyst for so much more than we could ever think in our waking lives.
In a way, it echos to how we are as a civilization. For the most part, we don't really pay attention to the most minuscule of details, but those one-moment-events can change everything and we don't realize it until it's too late.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ron Currie Jr.'s characters are either amazingly real people masked in simplicity—as are the subjects and ideas he explores in this novel. Love his Vonnegut-esque style.Published 4 months ago by Paul
If you like Palahniuk & Vonnegut, buy this. And his other book EVERYTHING MATTERSPublished 10 months ago by KR
Thought provoking... it made me think and reinforced why I believe what I believe - that God is NOT dead.Published 21 months ago by Trashionista
Marvelous exploration of the human psyche upon the realization that their god and perceived purpose is gone. I look forward to reading much more by Currie.Published 23 months ago by R
Disjointed read with a very blah ending. I don't think this author ever believed in God.Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
There were some vaguely interesting ideas, some hints at social commentary, and a bit of cleverness, but mostly it was a series of weird, disjointed vignettes that offered little... Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Amy L Shrack