The Second Coming

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The Second Coming

The Second Coming GOD S COMING LOOK BUSY God really is coming and he is going to be pissed Having left his son in charge God treated himself to a well earned break around the height of the Renaissance A good time to

  • Title: The Second Coming
  • Author: John Niven
  • ISBN: 9780434019564
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • GOD S COMING LOOK BUSY God really is coming, and he is going to be pissed Having left his son in charge, God treated himself to a well earned break around the height of the Renaissance A good time to go fishing He returns in 2011 to find things on earth haven t gone quite to planThe world has been rendered a human toilet genocide starvation people obsessed withGOD S COMING LOOK BUSY God really is coming, and he is going to be pissed Having left his son in charge, God treated himself to a well earned break around the height of the Renaissance A good time to go fishing He returns in 2011 to find things on earth haven t gone quite to planThe world has been rendered a human toilet genocide starvation people obsessed with vacuous celebrity culture and, God points out, there are fucking Christians everywhere God hates Christians There s only one thing for it They re sending the kid back.JC, reborn, is a struggling musician in New York City helping people as best as he can Gathering disciples along the way a motley collection of basket cases, stoners and alcoholics he realises his best chance to win hearts and minds may lie in a TV talent contest American Pop Star is the number one show in America, the unholy creation of English record executive Steven Stelfox a man who s than a match for the Son of God.

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    1. Paul on said:

      This book is very, very funny. It is not a literary masterpiece and has lots of flaws. It will also offend many many people. It will particularly offend religious fundamentalists (especially Christian ones) and those who are racist and homophobic. Oh, and if you are offended by swearing and casual drug use, you may also have problems with it. When I say swearing, well it's not the odd damn and blast, just a little stronger. The premise is quite simple God goes for a weeks fishing in the 17th Cen [...]

    2. Nigeyb on said:

      Many moons ago I read Kill Your Friends and I loved it, so I am not sure why it took me so long to read another book by John Niven however I have now, and I am very glad that I finally got round to it.If you’re religious, and easily offended, then avoid this book. If you dislike profanity then avoid this book. Conversely, if you enjoy perceptive humour that nails many a sacred cow, and that simultaneously manages to be perceptive, quietly profound, compelling, original, amusing and outrageous [...]

    3. Arwen56 on said:

      E’ fondamentalmente una cretinata, ma, a suo modo, è una cretinata simpatica. E qualche cartuccia niente male la mette anche a segno, tutto sommato.“Fate i bravi”, vah, perché, a quanto pare, quel malato di protagonismo che era Mosé le ha sparate davvero grosse. Dio intendeva tutt’altro. Infatti, poi, gli ha fatto un culo così!Letteratura. Quella sì era roba buona. Bello che l’avessero inventata.

    4. Stefania Pastori on said:

      A VOLTE RITORNOEcco il Gesù che tutti vogliono. John Niven, se solo non avesse questo cognome dalle riminiscenze così hollywoodiane, che il Signore lo abbia in gloria, ha scritto un testo tra i più fantastici che abbia letto negli ultimi anni. E dire che leggo un centinaio di libri l'anno, 10 più, 10 meno. Sa miscelare misticismo e populismo, spiritualità e bassezze, musica e letteratura, catarsi e miseria, ecologismo e riciclismo, rivincita e demagogia, guerra e amore, depressione e lieto [...]

    5. Patryx on said:

      L'inizio non è stato dei migliori: una parodia che ha il suo punto forte nel personaggio di Dio che dice parolacce a tutto spiano e non disdegna le canne. Ho immaginato una lettura noiosa con toni eccessivamente sopra le righe. Invece, mi sono trovata coinvolta nella storia di Gesù Cristo e del suo entourage di emarginati: intendiamoci nessuna rivelazione e una trama che si svolge come da copione, ma scorrevole e rilassante; se credessi che esistono libri da ombrellone e libri per tutto il res [...]

    6. Sam Quixote on said:

      God comes back from his fishing holiday to find that since he's been gone (a few days in Heaven but centuries on Earth) things have gone badly. Looking at what he's missed, He particularly doesn't like the 20th century. God makes up his mind to send Jesus back down to Earth to remind everyone of his one and only rule - "Be Nice" - a rule that Moses decided to ignore and come up with 10 of his own. Down on Earth, Jesus is 31 years old, in a band, something of a stoner, and being nice to everyone. [...]

    7. Sho on said:

      I can't praise this book highly enough. The blurb says that around the time of the Renaissance God takes a week off and goes on holiday, since everything on earth is going swimmingly. When he gets back, earth time running differently to heaven time (Einstein was right), it's the early 21st century and, to put it bluntly, everything has gone to ratshit.So, God decides to send his son back to teach mankind how they should be livingMy husband read this a while back and told me to read it because "y [...]

    8. James on said:

      There is a scene halfway through this book where JC rips into a cover of Springsteen's 'Born to Run'. It is a manic delight to read, and I'm sure that John Niven took great pleasure in writing it. Niven, a journalist who worked in the music industry, is Scottish, and his nationality is very much in evidence here in this anarchic, profane and undoubtedly hugely controversial story of Jesus Christ's return to Earth. Sent by his father, horrified by what people had done in his "name", JC plays into [...]

    9. Casey on said:

      A woman saw me reading this book (albeit with a different cover) and asked me if I was reading a book about Jesus. "Yeeeees," I replied hesitantly. "Where can I buy it?" she pushed. I told her , not disclosing that I got it from because this will never, ever, ever be published in America.And it's our loss.What you need to know is the Christians have it all wrong. Moses was an egotist who made up the Ten Commandments himself. All God wanted to say was "just be nice." God LOVES gays. He also love [...]

    10. Lenore Beadsman64 on said:

      se torno mi raccomando: Fate i bravi! dissacratorio e divertente questo romanzo si legge d'un fiato non richiede niente altro che una mente aperta e la voglia di sdrammatizzare ma in cambio dà un sorriso che si allarga a mano mano che scopriamo che non è come ci avevano insegnato che Dio vuole che noi ci comportiamo.mma il Suo comandamento era UNO solo: Fate i Bravi! quindi Dio ritorna da una vacanza e si trova di fronte al mondo così come lo abbiamo ridotto le guerre di religione lo lasciano [...]

    11. Natascha on said:

      Gesellschaftskritik verpackt in einer absurden Geschichte ist eigentlich genau mein Ding, doch mag ich es mehr, wenn diese Kritik dann unterschwellig und subtiler geäußert wird. In 'Gott bewahre' fliegen einem die Fehler der Gesellschaft nur so um die Ohren und der Autor kann einfach nicht anders, als seinen Frust über alles was in der Welt so schief läuft rauszulassen. Das kann man mögen, muss man aber nicht. Allerdings erzählt John Niven dies in einer sehr unterhaltsamen und etwas anstö [...]

    12. Martinc on said:

      Our times are truly troubled with war, genocide, disease, and hate lurking around every corner. In "The Second Coming", God sees that everything is screwed up after returning from a short vacation. After short deliberation, he decides to use the only cure for the problem. He sends Jesus back in. Now, the returned savior must brave life as a struggling musician, whilst simply getting people to "Be nice!" Seeing it as a good chance to spread his message, Jesus decides to enter the competition "Ame [...]

    13. Tami (synchro from BL) on said:

      This was close to great It was mostly fun to read, well written and it had some crude humor and quite obvious twists of Christian theology. And that was my main problem with this book: It is right in your face. No subtlety, no not so obvious sarcasm or irony. It was all there, right in the open. The idea was actually better, than the plot in the end. What would Jesus do, if he came back to earth? Not exactly a fresh and original idea. And mixing that with having him apply for a talent scoutin [...]

    14. Angela Gambirasio on said:

      Anche le recensioni positive lo definiscono "dissacrante" e ciò mi dà molto da riflettere su cosa la gente consideri "sacro". Magari è un libro politicamente scorretto, ma che si fotta il politicamente corretto. Certo, i cattolici non ci fanno una bella figura, ma purtroppo quasi ogni giorno ho modo di constatare che il presunto scimmiottamento che ne fa il libro è dolorosamente vicino alla realtà di molti praticanti (praticoni?).Io un Gesù così, che raccatta da strada il primo barbone ch [...]

    15. Make on said:

      Not really something you'd call fine literature, but a rockin' good time, with its heart in place and many enough spikes and arrows directed in all the right directions. Plus some real poignancy towards the end. Good enough to make me want to check you 'Kill Your Friends', Niven's first novel.

    16. Elena on said:

      Mmmmm avevo iniziato questo libro due settimane fa pensando che l'avrei finito in pochissimi giorni invece a circa metà libro ha iniziato a stufarmi. mi spiego meglio.L'idea poteva anche essere bella, e lo è, ma dopo un po' è noiosetto Ok che Dio, Gesù e tutti gli angeli e i santi sono dei fricchettoni, ma l'ho trovato un po' troppo volgarotto. Alcuni personaggi che entrano in scena in seguito (giro di parole per non spoilerare) sono troppo volgari! Non che ci sia scritto chissà che parolac [...]

    17. LadyElena on said:

      2,5"A volte ritorno" di Niven ha come protagonista un Gesù molto alternativo: fan di Hendrix, ribelle, non si risparmia qualche parolaccia, ha una faccia tosta e un'anima semplice e innocente che lo porta ad agire sempre per il bene comune. Niven ha creato un personaggio buono ma statico, un po' piatto; scelta giustificabile se i caratteri dei personaggi secondari spiccassero di più per portare un po' di pepe nella storia. Solo la personalità di Dio è soddisfacente e ben inquadrata.Purtroppo [...]

    18. Davide Rubini on said:

      If somebody asks me for a fun, smart, controversial novel I never hesitate. This is my suggestion and I have yet to find something better. Niven puts your beliefs upside down and in his usual irreverent style show the inner side of a religion, not necessarily bad but surely powerful.

    19. Army of Penguins on said:

      So! God takes a look at the world and decides that yeah, things are looking mighty fine. Time for short a vacation! Sure, time in Heaven passes differently than on Earth, meaning that God's week-long vacation lasts from the Renaissance to the current time. Now God comes back and catches up on fun subjects like the Holocaust.Oh boy.Or rather, oh f**k. Because this book has plenty of F-bombs. But I'm getting ahead of myself.The book starts in Heaven, then moves to Earth as Jesus Christ tries to ma [...]

    20. Tom Loock on said:

      I liked The Second Coming a lot, but it is a odd book: The first 70 odd pages take place in heaven and are extraordinarily funny. At that stage, I was really excited about the novel. Once the story moves to New York City however, the tone changes increasingly and towards the end, little of that humour is left (though delightful little sparkles pop up now and then). Having said that, the story of Jesus is not exactly a comedy.Mind you – it's still a very good book and if it weren't for the over [...]

    21. Sophie Sinato on said:

      Non ho mai riso così tanto per merito di un libro. Niven mi ha preso subito, come stile e come modo di raccontare; un lessico immediato, una narrazione fresca e veloce.Con una ironia e una semplicità incredibili Niven dipana una storia surreale: Dio rimanda, di nuovo, Gesù in Terra a salvare l'umanità da se stessa.Faccio molta fatica, da credente, a commentare questo libro senza cadere nel "Ma come si fa a non capire?!", ma cercherò di essere obiettiva.Quasi subito si comprende che non potr [...]

    22. Ian Mapp on said:

      The return of Steven Stelfox is something that has to be anticipated, even if he has only a minor part to play in this book - somehow turning into Simon Cowell in the process.For those that dont know him, he was the most morally reprehensible character ever created and in the last book, kill your friends, we got to understand what went on in his head. It wasn't pretty, but it was damn funny.This book is about the 2nd coming of christ. He has been sent back to earth by god, who is unhappy that th [...]

    23. La Stamberga dei Lettori on said:

      Strafatto? Intontito? Sballato? Fumato? Sbiellato? Fuso? Macché. Gesù è fuori come un balcone. (cit. pag. 30 ver. ebook)Ecco, questo qui è secondo me l'esempio più rappresentativo di cosa il lettore si troverà davanti leggendo "A volte ritorno" di John Niven. La storia parte da un presupposto semplice: Dio è andato in vacanza durante il Rinascimento. Satana invece non dorme mai e ne ha approfittato per modellare secondo il suo volere la razza umana. Al suo ritorno Dio, vedendo quello scem [...]

    24. Alexandra on said:

      Ich habe mir schon mehrmals vorgestellt, was passieren würde, wenn Gottes Sohn wie prophezeit in unsere heutige Welt (zurück)kommen würde. John Niven ist mit diesem Roman eine großartige, ironische, sehr böse Satire gelungen, die ganz schön gehörig an den Grundfesten unserer Gesellschaft, an unseren Werten, allen Religionen, dem Papst, den amerikanischen Christen und am american way of life rüttelt. Sprachlich und inhaltlich ist der Roman excellent, die Story ist ist rasant und keine Sek [...]

    25. Alexandra on said:

      Ich habe mir schon mehrmals vorgestellt, was passieren würde, wenn Gottes Sohn wie prophezeit in unsere heutige Welt (zurück)kommen würde. John Niven ist mit diesem Roman eine großartige, ironische, sehr böse Satire gelungen, die ganz schön gehörig an den Grundfesten unserer Gesellschaft, an unseren Werten, allen Religionen, dem Papst, den amerikanischen Christen und am american way of life rüttelt. Sprachlich und inhaltlich ist der Roman excellent, die Story ist ist rasant und keine Sek [...]

    26. Olivier on said:

      It's the first book by John Niven I read and I must say I'm a little disappointed. I loved the beginning, heaven was great. I laughed a lot for the first few pages but after that it wen downhill. The depiction of hell wasn't really inventive and the rest of the book was a little too easy. I liked the character of Jesus but every other one (apart maybe stelfox) was a little too much one dimensional and you could see the ending coming miles and miles away. Too bad. I not a religious person so I wa [...]

    27. Georg on said:

      Heaven is a better place than earth. Nothing new so far. But in this book even hell is a better place than earth, more entertaining, funnier and more interesting people there. So my advise is: Read the first chapters, skip the middle part and look forward to the last part. The book teaches another lesson: You can write a funny book about bad people, you can write a sad book about good people but you CANNOT write a funny book about a good man. So the two commandments should be like this:1. Be nic [...]

    28. Maraia on said:

      That was hilarious af. I don't recommend it for the easily offended. XD

    29. Matteo Botto on said:

      Ironico e dissacrante, ma allo stesso tempo reale.Noi umani ci siamo incasinati e ci incasiniamo l'esistenza, quando alla fine la lezione era davvero semplice: "Fate i bravi".

    30. Simo on said:

      Allora, devo dire che da come ne sentivo parlare mi aspettavo un capolavoro e invece mi sono trovata davanti una satira carina, ma a tratti noiosa. Sicuramente è un libro che va contro tutti gli ideali cattolici, rovesciando la visione classica di Dio e Gesù. Sicuramente, se siete credenti, vi sentirete offesi da questo libro. È senza dubbio un libro irriverente, anche se a volte l'ho trovato inutilmente volgare. Mi è sembrato che si volesse calcare un po' la mano in alcuni punti. L'idea è [...]

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