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God is dead. Died and fell into the sea.
That's what Raphael, a despondent angel with luminous white wings and a blinking halo, tells Anthony Van Horne on his 50th birthday. Soon, Van Horne is charged with captaining the supertanker Carpco Valparaiso (flying the colors of the Vatican) as it tows the two-mile-long corpse through the Atlantic toward the Arctic, in order to preserve Him from sharks and decomposition.
Van Horne must also contend with ecological guilt, a militant girlfriend, an estranged father, sabotage both natural and spiritual, a crew on (and sometimes past) the brink of mutiny, and greedy hucksters of oil, condoms, and doubtful ideas.
As he rings his wild, Vonnegutian changes on everything from male chauvinism to the Catholic Church, James Morrow once again proves himself to be one of the premiere satirists of our time while still managing to capture some of the beauty and sorrow in the world.
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Storyline is interesting but a little bizarre
The story started off interesting but it gets a little bizarre on some of its twists I was not expecting. Without giving up the story just imagine driving down a 2 mile stretch of t land that turns out to be Gods body. Hey what could go wrong in this story? Well , a lot of strange sacrilegious things that were a little cringy. I was slightly disappointed in the ending as I thought it could have gone further with chaos and the human behavior. But it was a decent listen.
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- PG Virginia
The Reader was a little nasally. I got used to it. Book was ok. Thanks.