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The book of Genesis (2009)

by the dread pirate R. Crumb

Other scoundrels: Robert Alter (Translator)

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    The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary by the scurvy dog Robert Alter (StephenBarkley)
    StephenBarkley: Crumb used Alter's translation to illustrate his volume on Genesis
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    The Comic Torah: Reimagining the Very Good Book by the scurvy dog Aaron Freeman (ryvre)
    ryvre: Underground comics interpretations of religious scripture.
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    Dante's Divine Comedy: A Graphic Adaptation by the scurvy dog Seymour Chwast (Percevan)
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    In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis by the scurvy dog Karen Armstrong (EduardoT)
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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 |
Weergaloos getekende versie van het eerste verhaal in de Bijbel. ( )
  JurgenEgges | Aug 7, 2013 |
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.

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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 |
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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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