When I heard about a "new humanist novel" I was skeptical, expecting something heavy-handed, one-sided, simplistic... maybe even one of these "happy humanist" bits, just bursting with joy. Fortunately this is SO much better than that. It's a hysterical ride through the postmodern as the main character tries to live a reasonable life in a world of nonsense, religious and otherwise. The humanists come off just as nuts as the True Believers whenever they turn their backs on reason. Very even-handed. Some of the philosophical references went past me the first time, but it didn't matter. The style is so original and the ideas so compelling that I reread it and picked up a lot more. Really rich, really thought-provoking. It goes after ideas, not people, so it's funny and convincing without feeling like a personal attack. I'm buying copies as gifts for two Baptist friends and one atheist friend...and I KNOW they'll all love it. How many religious satires can you say THAT about?
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