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A Very Minor Prophet: A Novel

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  102 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
A Very Minor Prophet is the story of how Barth Flynn, a barista swimming upstream against purposelessness in Portland, Oregon, becomes the faithful scribe of Joseph Patrick Booker. Booker is a dwarf preacher who serves Voodoo donuts, Stumptown coffee, and, while his congregation throws PBR cans at him, rants about George W. Bush during the height of the 2004 presidential e ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Hawthorne Books (first published April 1st 2012)
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Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm still wrestling with what to think of this book. I wouldn't call it a graphic novel, or an illustrated novel, or a novel with's just something else entirely. In any event, it's good. Parts are presented as a traditional novel, part are illustrated sermons using cut-ups of Tattoo from "Fantasy Island," it presents a narrative in a unique way but still brings solid writing to the table. It hits hard emotionally at the same time that it dazzles. It deals with a message but doesn't ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
More, please, James Bernard Frost.
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Hem yeraltı edebiyatı olur, hem de ayrıntı yayınları olur da sistem eleştirisi olmaz mı? Tabiki hayır. James Bernard Frost'un #ufacikbirpeygamber isimli eseri 'İsa kimi bombalardı?' sözüyle beni koşulsuz esir etti zaten kendine.. Genç yaşında hayattan bir beklentisi kalmamış Flynn'ın yağmurlu bir gün de kilise vari yapının içine girip cüce vaiz Booker'la tanışmasıyla başlıyor her şey. Hristiyanlığı, kiliseyi, İncil'de geçen ayetleri -diğer dinlerin de benzer eleştirilerden nasibini aldığı- sahte ...more
Cameron Scott
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ah heck, I'm just going to say it: is it possible for a half novel, half zine about the vagrants and vagiaries of Portland, OR to take a shot at literature? This is the first, and only, book of this nature (wild, zaney, hopped up on caffiene), I have ever read and liked.

I would place it with "A Confederacy of Dunces" and "Fierce Invalids from Hot Climates" neither of which I could finish. This book is worth the read.

Just a side note, it helps to be able to take every single character in "A Very
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent style! This book delves into some timely political topics. It takes a religious perspective and turns it on it's head in a unique way.
Peter Derk
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: petestopof2015
I’ve long been a fan of Portland, and made it no secret that I’d very much like to live there.

The first time I went there, maybe 2006(?), the city felt, to me, like the city in this book. Really weird, really great, and somewhere you could just sort of stumble into this weirdness.

I think it still feels like that. Somewhat. I don’t live there, but I’ve been 4 or 5 times since, and every time I go, I find a different reason to love it.

Also, this book is by Hawthorne, and I have to say, EVERY title
Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Man I wanted to like this book more than I did. I really enjoyed the essays about history and the evolution of the Bible and Christianity. I also got 'into' the message that cynicism and irony are easy rather than the natural disposition of the intelligent. Instead, the book challenges the reader (presumably a jaded Portlander) to consider that sincerity and optimism are states to aspire to rather than snicker at.

Also interesting was midget preacher Booker's _xplanation that early Christianity w
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This book started out slow for me. Initially, I felt like it relied too much on the concept of "Yeah, we are going to make certain pages look like a zine. It will be really cool." Except it really wasn't. No more than most zines or hipsters are cool for trying so hard to be different than everyone else.

Ultimately, all books fall back on characters, setting, and plot. When the book got back to those basics, it got a lot better and the book was a lot easier to read. The zine idea works best withi
Apr 17, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-read-soon
I don't like that cover at all, and I don't think I know anything about Hawthorne books, and this sounds a bit like a hacky slacker melodrama (and not very dissimilar from The Gospel of Anarchy, with the minor swap of Portland for Florida)... but then there's this, from the "Hey Small Press" book list, which makes me sort of maybe reconsider all those other things: "James Bernard Frost’s marvelous book is somewhere between a zine, a novel, and a religious gospel. Set in Portland, Oregon in the m ...more
Apr 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Although I enjoyed AVMP immensely I couldn't bring myself to give it 4 stars... although it is closer to a 4 than it is to a 3.

The details of Portland life were wonderful and reminded me of A Confederacy of Dunces by Toole.
The angst of the twenty-somethings was believable and reminded me of Generation X by Coupland.
The idea of a prophet among us was well done and reminded me of Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meaney.
The comedic details, characters and plot twists were well handled and reminded me of
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
A dwarf preacher and 22-year-old barista hang out in Portland, drink coffee, try to get back to the roots of Christianity, eat voodoo doughnuts, go on bike rides, make zines, fail in love, succeed in love, and other stuff. I thought it was interesting in parts- the day to day life of someone with an art degree that doesn't get them far and the frustration that brings is familiar to me... but I wanted more from this book that it couldn't deliver. The criticisms of Christianity were nothing new an ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cüce peygamber metaforu üzerinden Abd ve emperyalizmin acımasız yayılmacı politikalarının duygusuzluğuna dişli bir gönderme. Okuması zevkli,yer yer komik,sonlara doğru acıklı anları da olan bir kitaptı.Yeraltı edebiyatı için harikaydı al oku diyemesem de okunabilir bir kitap ben sevdim.
Apr 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
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May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This was an interesting book in content and format. It's worth checking out.
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James Bernard Frost is the author of the novels A Very Minor Prophet and World Leader Pretend, as well as the vegetarian guidebook, The Artichoke Trail, which won a Lowell Thomas Award for travel journalism. His articles, essays, and fiction have appeared in periodicals and journals as varied as Wired, the San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly, the Official Magazine of World of Warcraft, The Nervous B ...more
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“If ever you should have an epiphany – and I think you know what I’m talking about – latch onto it, no matter how small or large the epiphany, and try your best to make it happen. You might make a fool of yourself, but better to make a fool of yourself than to spend your life jealous of the fools.” 12 likes
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