A Children's Bible

A Children's Bible

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"[This novel] follows a group of children and their families on summer vacation at a lakeside mansion. The teenage narrator Eve and the other children are contemptuous of their parents, who spend the days and nights in drunken stupor. This tension heightens when a great storm arrives and throws the house and its residents into chaos. Named for a picture Bible given to Eve's little brother Jack, A Children's Bible is loosely structured around events and characters that often appear in collections of Bible stories intended for young readers. These narrative touchstones are imbedded in a backdrop of environmental and psychological distress as the children reject the parents for their emotional and moral failures-in part as normal teenagers must, and in part for their generation's passivity and denial in the face of cataclysmic change. In A Children's Bible, Millet offers brilliant commentary on the environment and human weakness and a vision of what awaits us on the other side of Revelations"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781324005032
1324005033
Branch Call Number: FIC/MILLET
Characteristics: 224 pages ; 22 cm

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llewol
Feb 13, 2021

This is a short novel and a quick read and I stayed with it to the end. But, in terms of enjoyment there were diminishing returns. The set up was engaging and the young characters interesting. The adults, all grouped together as "the parents" did not distinguish themselves, which was absolutely bthe intent of the author. So, the first third of the novel was quite good. As the crisis points emerged, the plot went down a well worn road, but stayed interesting enough, with a few points of originality. In order to drive the plot, the parents in the book had to be completely hapless and irresponsible, which was a bit of a stretch given that they were all supposed to be educated professionals, but if read as more of a fable, it was fine. The last third of the novel, though, was a letdown. It was almost as if the author had painted herself into a corner and had no place left to go. The twists and turns became increasingly unbelievable; two whole new groups of characters, who were as undistinguished as the parents, show up; and even a touch of the supernatural gets thrown in. The biblical metaphor is sketchy at the best of times and gets abandoned at various points. At the very end, the moral of the story is too heavy-handed and it all collapses. I'm not sorry I read it - I just wish it could have been better.

LPL_SarahM Jan 31, 2021

Precocious kids with drunken parents, a horrible storm, a baby born in a barn and a crucifixion with a staple gun... This is just a smattering of what you'll find in the pages of A Children's Bible. As I closed this book I said out loud (to no one but myself), "Well, that was the strangest thing I've read in a while." A friend described it as "Lord of the Flies meets The Book of Revelation." I can't think of a better description than that!

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lisser
Aug 09, 2020

This was recommended to me because I like books that are very different. I liked this book but wanted more from it. The ending felt abrupt. I came away with more questions than I thought possible. It was too short but if you like obscure fiction, give it a chance.

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DrTeva
Jul 02, 2020

A dystopian "Lord of the Flies" for the global warming era. Odd but interesting.

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krsbozo
Jun 17, 2020

A funny and dark view of the world through the eyes of teenagers. Has elements of magical realism or surrealism, but also some moments of terror and a fair amount of dark humor. The connections to the stories in the Bible make it symbolic and delicious. The fact that the parents are all feckless, spineless, and flabby-butted... well, that's pretty accurate. The kids don't save the world, but they figure out how to live in it without their worthless parents, I guess. The future looks bleak, which also seems accurate.

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