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The book of Genesis by R. Crumb

The book of Genesis (2009)

by R. Crumb

Other authors: Robert Alter (Translator)

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Excellently and provocatively illustrated by the one and only R. Crumb, this difficult text becomes much easier to discern. The Book of Genesis is an interesting and ancient tale of the beginnings of civilization, marking the early history of Jews, Christians and Muslims. Crumb also provides some interesting research notes about coexisting belief systems that have been left out, primarily that of matriarchal societies. ( )
  Bradley_Kramer | May 15, 2014 |
If this weren't by Crumb and didn't have an "adult supervision recommended" label on the cover, the response would be, "meh." Just a straightforward illustrated retelling of Genesis, right down to the genealogies. Okay, some drawings of naked people and intercourse earn it the label on the cover, but really, folks, it's just Genesis! ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
God. There's no talking to that guy.

Now, if only Sergio Aragones could be persuaded to illustrate one of the Gospels.


An interview with R. Crumb from the Paris Review (thank you to Eddie). ( )
  KidSisyphus | Apr 5, 2013 |
Crumb provides a graphic rendition of Genesis that is faithful to the text. I commend Crumb for being graphic and not vulgar. I recommend this book to anyone who is willing to take a long hard look in the "mirror" that is Genesis. ( )
  galacticus | Jun 8, 2011 |
The book of Genesis given a new twist as a graphic novel. R. Crumb brings his unique vision to this age-old literature, bringing the characters to life. He remains true to the original text, merely adding his own visuals. Wonderfully drawn, even the begats manage to charm. ( )
  quantum_flapdoodle | May 29, 2011 |
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Like Genesis itself, this book is a mix of the sacred and the profane. Not everyone will find that to their liking. However, I sincerely believe it’s worth the effort to read the book, at least once.
For all its narrative potency and raw beauty, Crumb’s “Book of Genesis” is missing something that just does not interest its illustrator: a sense of the sacred.
It's a cartoonist's equivalent of the Sistine Chapel, and it's awesome. Crumb has done a real artist's turn here — he's challenged himself and defied all expectation.
Genesis doesn't need an R. Crumb to provide perversity and failure. It's got enough all by itself. This is one reason that Crumb could play it straight with his art, no cloacal Snoid comedy, no gratuitous sex. Yes, there is sex -- men and women are shown discreetly coupling. But no irony, no joking around here. Just one pen-and-ink panel after another until Joseph -- he of the coat of many colors -- dies and the book ends.

How strange it all is, how ordinary. How biblical, how Crumb.
The power of "The Book of Genesis Illustrated" resides in Crumb's decision to play it straight, to frame this ancient creation myth on its own enduring terms.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393061027, Hardcover)

Nominated for three 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: From Creation to the death of Joseph, here are all 50 chapters of the Book of Genesis, revealingly illustrated as never before.

Envisioning the first book of the bible like no one before him, R. Crumb, the legendary illustrator, reveals here the story of Genesis in a profoundly honest and deeply moving way. Originally thinking that we would do a take off of Adam and Eve, Crumb became so fascinated by the Bible’s language, “a text so great and so strange that it lends itself readily to graphic depictions,” that he decided instead to do a literal interpretation using the text word for word in a version primarily assembled from the translations of Robert Alter and the King James bible.

Now, readers of every persuasion—Crumb fans, comic book lovers, and believers—can gain astonishing new insights from these harrowing, tragic, and even juicy stories. Crumb’s Book of Genesis reintroduces us to the bountiful tree lined garden of Adam and Eve, the massive ark of Noah with beasts of every kind, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed by brimstone and fire that rained from the heavens, and the Egypt of the Pharaoh, where Joseph’s embalmed body is carried in a coffin, in a scene as elegiac as any in Genesis. Using clues from the text and peeling away the theological and scholarly interpretation that have often obscured the Bible’s most dramatic stories, Crumb fleshes out a parade of Biblical originals: from the serpent in Eden, the humanoid reptile appearing like an alien out of a science fiction movie, to Jacob, a “kind’ve depressed guy who doesn’t strike you as physically courageous,” and his bother, Esau, “a rough and kick ass guy,” to Abraham’s wife Sarah, more fetching than most woman at 90, to God himself, “a standard Charlton Heston-like figure with long white hair and a flowing beard.”

As Crumb writes in his introduction, “the stories of these people, the Hebrews, were something more than just stories. They were the foundation, the source, in writing of religious and political power, handed down by God himself.” Crumb’s Book of Genesis, the culmination of 5 years of painstaking work, is a tapestry of masterly detail and storytelling which celebrates the astonishing diversity of the one of our greatest artistic geniuses.

Nominated for three 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: Best Adaptation from Another Work, Best Graphic Album, Best Writer/Artist.

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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.

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Editions: 0393061027, 0393075931

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