The Second Coming: A Love Story Kindle Edition
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Israel, one of the saviors, belongs to the liberals. He asks mankind to save the Earth and to consider all things part of God and therefore holy, a very new-age, or pagan/native philosophy. Israel dresses great and sets up his camp in Washington D.C., where David, a speechwriter is his spokesperson. Pinsker writes the character of David to perfection. David is vain, witty and finally has a platform to show the world just how amazing he truly is. I loved this character.
Joe, is the other savior. He showed up on South Carolina and has Margaret a gorgeous woman lawyer as his spokesperson(think-Megan Kelly from Fox News). The far-right are giddy about Joe and his fire & brimstone version of the Bible, condemning anyone and everyone who's not 'saved' by Jesus. Joe also has a homeless addict who's finally seen the light and going around converting followers from the lower rungs of society, while Margaret smoozes her way through wealthy and powerful men to raise funds for Joe's ministry. I particularly loved Pinsker's portrayal of a certain powerful, rightwing radio show host(think-Limbaugh) which was both humorous and spot-on.
Pinsker spells out a lot of truths about our splintered society, both religiously and politically which seem to be one and the same lately. This is a very smart, and very entertaining book, the kind you laugh out loud at because Pinsker makes it pretty clear who his characters might really be. This is an unforgettable look at how we think as a society at this exact moment of history, and I believe, not to far off from the truth of what would happen if Jesus did decide to come back.
My favorite quotes include:
“Yeah, well, the only thing Jesus ever ‘saved’ me from was the Sunday morning pregame show with that bald-headed nimrod, Terry Bradshaw."
"Margaret could feel her life contorting into something very different. As a criminal defense attorney, Margaret held hands with liars, cheats, thieves and scoundrels. This creature sitting beside her was the polar opposite of all she had ever experienced in law. Before her mind could dissect the pieces of the stranger’s message, she accepted him, loved him, and feared living without him."
"Decades of dueling with drunken dimwits at second-tier comedy clubs provided him with a sixth sense for handling hecklers, and he quickly decided that any sort of verbal conflict would result with him on the losing end. Still, he couldn’t make up his mind if this sexy Kool-Aid Drinker reminded him more of the hot, freaky airline stewardess he nailed in the waning summer nights of 1969, or the traffic cop who busted him for possession in 1982."
"David never dated anyone who reminded him even slightly of himself. The way he figured it, if two people in a relationship are alike, one of them is redundant. And besides, another David Shepherd would surely eclipse the allowable wattage—way too much star-power for just one couple. Stars, after all, shine brightest in an uncluttered sky."
"Red-faced and humiliated, the crows realized what God had proven: If He so desires, even mud and stink will be greater than they could ever hope to be.
"From that moment on, the crows instinctively hated man."
Scott Pinsker's The Second Coming: A Love Story is a unique book in a world of look-alikes and wanna-bes. On one level, it reminded me of James Joyce. It had a stream-of-consciousness feel to it, and I enjoyed the ride through Mr. Pinskers' wonderfully eclectic rivers, streams, and dribbles. On another level, it pins the marketers in the glare of the spotlight. Can't anything and everyone be spun in a positive light, even Lucifer and the fires of Hell? On yet another level, it's like mud wrestling. You try to get a handle on your opponent. As soon as you think you've got a grip, he slides away. You roll around in the muck, waiting for your next opportunity.
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