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The Book of Genesis Hardcover – Nov 13 2009


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton; 1 edition (Nov. 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393061027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393061024
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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He's good. He's always good. Takes a good man to turn the Book of Genesis into a Crumb comic. So they got Bob.
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Quite a lot more detailed in the narrative than I had expected from a cartoon,
but with Crumb, I should have known he wouldn't stint on anything, least of all
a faithful depiction of all the details. It would be a mistake I think to offer this to a child
as an illustrated version of Genesis!
The book arrived in good shape, was well packaged and exactly as advertised.
I'm very pleased all round.
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I had so much trouble reading the plain text bible genesis. This was way easier and more easy to engage with. R Crumb does a fine job at explaining and interpreting the old testament. The first 50 pages blows you away. The artwork is fitting and objective. This is a must own.
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By S Svendsen TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 12 2013
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It took Crumb over four years to complete the 201 pages of Genesis. It begs curiosity why the publisher Norton chose to give Crumb the assignment of adapting his talents to retelling and illustrating Genesis, the first book of the Jewish Talmud (and the Christian Old Testament). This is an artist who for half a century has become renowned for his visual satiric portrayal of the contemporary life of weirdos, potheads, misfits, wastrels and humanized animals—obsessive sexual proclivities included. Fans enjoyed his outrageous exaggerations poking fun at every human foible and self-indulgence. His fans could count on getting rewarded with the unexpected.

Bluntness and crassness has been de rigueur for Crumb. Sentimentality and nuance were not easily detectable in the storylines. Artistically his males were recognized for their lankiness, large kneecaps, sharp elbows, owlish eyes and slouching postures. His females were rendered with formidable calves, posteriors and jowls; their erect poking nipples became Crumb trademarks. Was the publisher counting on Crumb’s somewhat disreputable notoriety to kick-start demand for the book? It should be noted that Complete Crumb Works, published by Fantagraphics Books, now number seventeen volumes; there are also several other compilations in print, like The Crumb Compendium, Mr Natural and Sweeter Side of R Crumb. These have proven to be popular and many have been reprinted two or three times. Norton likely chose Crumb for a number of reasons which all added up to a profitable proposition.

Being a fan and collector of R Crumb (and his wife Aline Kominsky Crumb) I bought this book primarily to add it to my collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 15 2010
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I must admit I did a double take when I saw that this illustrated version of the Book of Genesis sprang from the pen of R. Crumb. For those who aren't familiar with Crumb's work, he's pretty much the father of underground comics, an artist whose provocative work has earned him great notoriety and more than a few charges of racism, sexism, and misogyny from his harshest critics. The women in his artwork tend to be rather buxom, overly sexual, and submissive to the men around them, while his depiction of blacks and other minorities oftentimes seem to be rooted in stereotypes. Of course, any great artist is going to have his detractors, and it must be said that Crumb's true genius lies in his satirical and sometimes subversive take on popular culture. Eschewing mainstream comic book culture and the publishing industry that drives it, he has more than earned his place as a cult hero and countercultural icon of the twentieth -- and now the twenty-first -- century.

Simply put, R. Crumb was one of the last artists I would ever have expected to take on the illustration of a significant portion of the Bible. Even more surprising is the fact that his approach to this illustrated version of the Book of Genesis is not of a satirical or hypercritical nature. This book was a serious effort that involved four years of effort, a great deal of research, and surprisingly serious reflection on Crumb's part. As an agnostic, he approached the Book of Genesis as a work of literature with deep roots in the public consciousness, and he strove to provide a literal presentation of the story (including all of the "begots"). I find a great deal of irony in that last point.
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