Read: 27 February, 2013
When I’m not reading and reviewing books here, I’m reading and reviewing the Bible over at my other blog, Carpe Scriptura. As a result, I’m more than a little familiar with Genesis.
Since Crumb, in his own words, “do[es] not believe the Bible is “the word of God”,” I was paying particular attention to the accuracy in his depictions. Even though he reproduces nearly all of the text in the pages, it would be easy enough to use the illustrations to poke fun at the text. Yet I found his depictions to be quite fair. Where some interpreting was needed, I found him to generally opt for the uncontroversial.
The art style is quite neat, and I get the sense that Crumb is a fan of muscles. His drawings reminded me of the woodcarvings used to illustrate many older Bibles, so I found that the style was fitting the cultural context of the material quite well.
Crumb does provide a few extra thoughts in a “Commentaries” section as a back (which I found quite interesting), but mostly he just straightforwardly presents the text of the Bible with illustrations and speech rendered as speech bubbles. Compared to many of the other similar attempts I’ve seen where the stories are paraphrased and abridged, I actually found this to be a very neutral retelling.
If you are interested in reading the first book of the Bible but find the text a little too daunting, this is a fantastic alternative.
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