- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books; 1st edition (October 12, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401301347
- ISBN-13: 978-1401301347
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 283 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? Hardcover – October 12, 2004
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The latest book by longtime stand-up comic Carlin will undoubtedly join his previous "acts" in book form on the best-seller lists, so expect demand. Here are more of his irreverent, hilarious takes on contemporary social and political issues; as anyone who is familiar with his routines and books knows, Carlin doesn't let current notions of what is politically correct stand in the way of his taking a jab. So this series of short observations, one flung at the reader right after another, encompasses the Ten Commandments ("a padded list"), an anti-plastic surgery stance ("Ugliness should be a permanent condition"), body maintenance ("Every time you clip [a toenail], the little clipped part flies several feet away. You notice that?"), and euphemistic language (the first instance was being instructed to call his aunt's mole a "beauty mark"). The book is not meant to be read straight through but, rather, dipped into here and there. The language is explicit; therefore, this is not recommended for readers advocating propriety in speech on every occasion. Brad Hooper
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About the Author
George Carlin is the author of several national bestsellers, has appeared in ten feature films, and is the recipient of the American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Los Angeles.
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I've read all of Carlin's books and have been a fan since "7 Words." This is not his funniest book, but it is still classic Carlin. He is angry, vulgar and sophomoric, that's what he does, and sometimes that's just what you need. He can be angry and complain so that I don't have to. For me, reading Carlin is like a sedative that's absorbed through the eyeballs.
Sometimes his observations and rantings are truely genius, sometimes what he has to say is about as deep as my 8-year-old. If you are easily offended by vulgarity, strong opinions that may differ from your own or the rantings of an irritated man, then this book isn't for you.
It appears, from reading other reviews, that some people who consider themselves Christians, were offended by this book. Carlin is not "...challenging Christian views and beliefs," as one reviewer said, he's simply making fun of you. That's what he does, that's what he's always done. To expect something else isn't realistic. If you are a Christian and understand that Freedom of Religion also means Freedom FROM Religion, then you will not be offended by this book.
And finally, it's been suggested that we should not buy this book because it is simply the "rantings of a drug addict." If you agree, then don't buy this book, and also get rid of all your Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, Poe, O'Henry, King, Sinclair Lewis, Jack London, Dylan Thomas and Stephen Crane as well. You wouldn't want to be a hypocrite, right? If you actually understand the nature of addiction then you'll know it doesn't matter in your selection of this book.
Carlin knows we're all a little nuts (or would it be better to say we're "quirky" or "eccentric")? His genius is exposing our peculiarities, forcing us to think about the oddities in the world, especially when it comes to human reasoning and logic.
So why all the controversy over this book? Is it just the title? Looking at the world from Carlin's perspective, even if it is just for an afternoon or two, doesn't have to be threatening...and you don't have to stick around for the ride if you get too uncomfortable.
"When Will Jesus Bring the Porkchops?" is clearly up Carlin's alley, but it definitely loses something in the print edition. This isn't the case for most of his other work (e.g. "Napalm and Silly Putty"), but this time around you get the feeling that he more or less dictated some of his stage routines into a tape recorder, which someone later transcribed.
I imagine that if you purchase the audio version of this one or, if you have a vivid enough imagination to "hear" the book in your mind's ear, you'll enjoy it much more.