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God Collar by Marcus Brigstocke
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God Collar (edition 2011)

by Marcus Brigstocke

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Member:stevepugh
Title:God Collar
Authors:Marcus Brigstocke
Info:Bantam Press (2011), Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
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Tags:non-fiction, religion, comedy, atheism, !sold

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The author is a comedian, and the book is very funny and irreverent, but with an underlying serious theme. He calls himself a reluctant atheist who would really like to find a God to believe in. ( )
  Rayvincent | Jan 22, 2012 |
I am a huge fan of Marcus Brigstocke's stand-up and radio work, so I pre-ordered this book on Kindle and looked forward to the day it was released. Unbelievably, I can't stand it! What comes across as funny in short monologues in book form is contrived, ranty and downright blah. The tenuous theme of the book - Brigstocke doesn't believe in God but wishes he did - is strayed from so often you wish he had just titled it 'my best comedy routines, in written form' and been honest about it. I really wanted to like this book but just didn't. What a shame. ( )
  ForrestFamily | Nov 22, 2011 |
@marcusbrig rambles a bit, well quite a lot actually. The one thing that would have really improved this book would have been cutting it by a third.

That said however it is a painful but witty rummage through his mind around the theme of "I'm not sure there is a God and I don't really want to believe in the common ones as they're horrible but I'd like to believe in a God somewhere somehow".

In many ways it summarises all the ambivalence about not being sure what to believe in. Having had such a number of books saying that there is no god, it's quite refreshing to have someone talk about their uncertainty. ( )
  mumfie | Sep 4, 2011 |
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Comedian Marcus Brigstocke used to be a committed atheist. Yet for his 2009 stand-up show God Collar, he was in more reflective mood – still professing that there ‘probably isn’t a God’ but also wishing he could look to one for answers nonetheless.
This is the book of that show. Rather than developing his points more fully, it generally serves as an excuse to offer punchline after punchline on the well-charted hypocrisies of both religious faith and militant atheism – but not much rigorous debate.

added by steevohenderson | editMetro, Sharon Lougher (Jun 28, 2011)
 
Brigstocke is right to wonder why more people don't ponder the biggest question in life. For anyone who does so, God Collar may only serve to tether them to their confusion.

 
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This text focuses on the hole in Marcus's life following the death of his best friend. Exploring his own issues surrounding faith - his lack of it, his need for it, people's waste of it & what good purposes it might serve - he rails against the holy trinity of Abrahamic religions, as well as atheists, agnostics & believers.… (more)

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