Here's what I wrote to Travis after completing the work (some enhancements included):
I finished reading The Creation of the World and Other Business early this morning. And I loved it ;). For many reasons. First, that the gift and the work were so specific to me. I think the gifts I receive are usually more generic.
Second, because it had a comedic flair, and I love comedy.
Third, because it was written by an author I was familiar with, based on The Crucible, but I hadn’t seen this type of his style/ this side of him. I hadn’t touched a work by him since high school.
I really liked it. I’m not sure if I picked up on a cataclysmic theme. The ones that I did get were that God is fallible, erroneous and sometimes unintentional, fickle, narcissistic and full of wrath. Oh—and unfair. No, better: “subjective.”
I love that there is the subversive, sympathetic and sentimental representation of Lucifer. He’s likeable, which of course goes against everything ‘we’ve’ been taught.
Tell me: Is there something else I’m missing?
I have some ideas for future reading(s). I’m spoiling the surprise, but one is already en route.
The Diaries of Adam of Eve by Mark Twain, a comedic compilation that traces creation's first thoughts and feelings. Here's a snippet.
The Book of Judas, a lost/ excluded biblical text which refutes/ challenges the idea that Judas was a traitor
Cain by José Saramago, a novel written by an author who was an atheist and was seen as a religious dissenter in his sweepingly Catholic Portugal
Lastly, while I was reading, I went through underlining lines I particularly liked. I’m not sure if I have one that represents the work as a whole. But here a few that I enjoyed and/or sprang out at me:
(1) Eve: But he loved us most when we were naked. He only got mad when we knew we were. (77)
(2) Adam: Now, when you see His face, regard the right eye. Because that’s the one He loves you with. The left one squints, y’see, because that’s the one He judges with. (84)
(3) Cain: But do you know what goes into an ear of corn? (92)
So, all that to say THANK YOU, really. :)
And let me add one more thing. There's a comic strip I've been following for the past month or so. It's created by Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Ruas and it's called Um Sábado Qualquer (Any Given Saturday). I know not everyone who reads this post is going to be able to read the comic strip, as it is in Portuguese. But I publish translations on my Facebook wall from time to time.
Happy reading! And onward to inspiration!