If Richard and Judy can have a book club I don't see why I can't. No laughing at at the back, this weeks recommended read is the book The Bible or to more precise The King James version- accept no substitute. It's been some time since I had a squint at the Bible but I've been unable to put it down all week which means no-one sits beside me on public transport.
I should point out that I haven't got religion or found God. I don't believe a word of the good book. It's just that I've only just realised what a cracking read it is. I must stress again that only the King James Version will do. The language is beautiful, bloody and brilliant.
I blame schools for the Bible being overlooked as a good read. First of all they palm you off with a sappy 'Good News' Bible. 'Good News' hahaha! someone gets offed every second page! Then they ignore some of the best stuff in it. For example have a peep at my current favourite The Book Of Esther. It's a deranged masterpiece born in the mind of a serial killer. The King is utterly bonkers which in my mind is how a king should be. He kicks his wife out for refusing to 'do a twirl', acquires Esther as a replacement then lets people run around issuing orders in his name to massacre first the Jews then the enemies of the Jews. Honestly I think it's the maddest thing I've ever read.
The Book of Job is just jaw dropping. I have to say God is the star of the show in this one. Poor Job undergoes awful torture because God and Satan had a bet. Take a moment to absorb this. God allows a perfectly pleasant God fearing chap, his biggest fan and all round good egg to suffer agonies for a bet. If you haven't read it please do. It's easily as funny as Justine by the Marquis de Sade and about ten times as cruel.
Leviticus is a sort of Good Housekeeping BC. If there is an afterlife I think Kim and Aggie will be fine.
The Books of Samuel 1 and 2 are gripping stuff. I can't help but feel all that Goliath business turned young David's head. He appears to have grown up and become a heartless monster. Chilling but he gets his comeuppance in the end.
I could go on and on the Old Testament in particular is a treasure it has everything sex, murder, plague, rape, incest and the many (mad) moods of The Lord. It groans with action, is crowded with incident. Arguably the best read in the world.