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The Book of Genesis by Robert Crumb
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Feb 25, 2012

it was amazing

The cover says NOTHING LEFT OUT! True enough! I first saw this in museum exhibit form, the original panels framed and hung on the wall, and it was completely overwhelming and exhausting - in a good way. I did a lot of skipping over the begats and looked for the sex and violence, of which there is plenty. *hangs head in mock shame* Now having actually read through the book (which I've read before in a different format lol) as well as seeing the images, I suppose what I like best about this version of Genesis is how the illustrations force me to accept what the words are saying. I can't just gloss over the creepier bits, as I've done in the past, thinking, "oops this is the bible, keep reading and get to the holy parts." THERE IT IS, all the icky business of being a human being, and apparently the icky business of being God, as well as the wonderfulness and the holiness. It was very good to experience these (supposedly) familiar stories in a new way.

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Jenny (Reading Envy) Nothing left out? I hope the tar pits were enjoyable. That was always my favorite part of Genesis.

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