Read: 18 March, 2013
This is an extended, 364-page joke in which God has been convinced by his publisher to write a new testament, his first since the Quran, in which he finally answers all those questions people have been asking about Him and His work.
Despite really being a single joke wrought out into a full length novel, The Last Testament did mostly hold my interest. It was very funny, funny enough to have me laughing out loud in several places, even if many of the jokes have been done before (“Actually, it really was Adam and Steve…”).
The book is written in a King James-ish style, full of thees and thous and -ests, and it’s broken up into chapters and verses. This works for the larger joke and, in several places, really added to the humour of what was being said, but it made for difficult and tiresome reading. It ended up taking me a long time to get through the book because I could only read in short bursts or I’d just get bored with the writing style.
I’m probably the worst person to judge, but I found the jokes to be more or less unheretical. I mean, obviously, he’s poking fun at the Trinity and all that, but at no point did I get the sense that he was deliberately trying to offend anyone. If anything, the jokes were mostly in the same vein that I heard in Church and Meeting growing up.
Since I’m working on reading through his first Testament, so I really enjoyed the first part of the book where Javerbaum gives a “behind the scenes tell all.” While the rest of the book can be read and appreciated by anyone with a reasonably good pop culture knowledge, the first part is definitely much (MUCH!) funnier with a good overall knowledge of the Old Testament.
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