The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb

The Book of Genesis - Robert Crumb I gave it only 3 stars mostly because it is the Book of Genesis from the Bible, which is not something I find engaging in terms of reading. With that aside, I have to say that this is a pretty interesting way to read a part of the Bible. If you know Crumb's art, then you know what you are getting into. However, this is not like Crumb's more subversive works, so I would say it is safe for most readers. When the cover says it includes all details, it means it. The visual art really brings these stories to life, and that is the strength of the book. I have to admit that I have read the Bible cover to cover, and revisited parts of it at times, but this version of Genesis reminded me of many details I had forgotten. We think we know the basic stories (Creation, the Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, so on), but in between those major stories, it turns out a lot of other things happened, and Crumb does a very good job of bringing those to life. Overall, I think the work of art is excellent (4 or 5 stars). The Book of Genesis, well, it is Genesis. I think believers and nonbelievers will like this books, maybe for different reasons. Personally, I liked it for the art, and it is a nice book to browse. Fans of Crumb may not like it as much since this is not as graphic as his other work, but it does have the essence of his style and work. I do recommend it. It is also a pretty quick read.