The Book of Genesis

The Book of Genesis

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An illustrated adaptation of the entire book of Genesis, providing the biblical accounts of the Creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the ark, the Tower of Babel, and other people and events.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [2009], ©2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393061024
0393061027
Branch Call Number: 222.11 Bi
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, map ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Alter, Robert
Crumb, R.

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biblioanna Feb 24, 2017

Not only a great telling of the story, but an excellent interpretation of the genealogy.

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Janice21383
Nov 29, 2013

Bronze age folk tales illustrated. R. Crumb, who is capable of sophistication, falls back on his house style. The characters look very much like one another, but let's face it, he has a lot of verses to get through. And to compensate, he puts in his own interpretations -- a look, a gesture, a background -- that fill in the blanks in the story.

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karolsienkiewicz
Jul 08, 2013

It's fun the first couple of pages, then you feel like getting bogged down in the stories you know very well, put across with the same prohibitive language. It was quite a challenge for him, but it's also quite a challenge for a potential reader. It ended by being displayed framed, page after page, as an "artwork" at Venice Biennale in 2013. Kind of sad.

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benjaminis5
Apr 04, 2013

odd preference for artwork - seeing patriarchs in the missionary style is unusual and in bad taste. yet it is an alluring read and interesting art work. not for children.

crankylibrarian Sep 19, 2011

R. Crumb is an odd man; even he says so. He's probably the last person you'd expect to produce a thoughtful reinterpretation of one of the seminal religious texts in history yet I found this to be very moving. It’s easy to focus on the buxom women and muscular men, but I love the facial expressions: Abraham’s crafty sidelong glances as he argues with God over Sodom, the sudden bug-eyed look on the faces of the Shechemites when they get the bad news about circumcision. And the tears: Adam and Eve when they’re expelled from Eden, Isaac when he realizes who the “sheep for the sacrifice” is, Hagar’s when she and Ishmael are cast out. I can’t see calling it idolatrous: I think Crumb was trying to depict these stories the way their creators would have seen them.

sit_walk Feb 02, 2010

It's a strange combination, but if you like Crumb's work, you'll probably enjoy this. Strange, strange, strange (but, at the same time, strangely pedestrian).

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