“In the beginning was the word, and...” ...you know the rest. Not like this you don't.
In a new twist on a classic tale, Tom Carver re-imagines the Old Testament without the leading character. The Newer, More English Version takes an erudite look at the supporting players of the Pentateuch, with no Jehovah to steal the show. What's left is a varied cast of egomaniacs, revolutionaries, war criminals, genii and perverts: Joseph, smug careerist and part-time psychoanalyst; Moses, a revolutionary firebrand who just wants to belong; Abraham, the world's first and greatest global branding strategist; and one very strange tree...
REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
Tom's faithfull adaptation of the bible is both entertaining and informative and beautifully written.
The science behind the unravelling of the analogy is impressive, and whilst this book may be adopted by atheists as evidence that the Bible can be told in terms of reductionist science, it also surprisingly celebrates the Bible and instills a sense of wonder that the Bible got it so right on so many fronts.
Accordingly, this book has the potential to be a useful tool in today's society. It bridges the gap between science and religeon and says "What the hell, we may both be right." In that sense, it is truly unique, and I hope that Christians, Jews, Atheists and Agnostics pick up this book, smile at the familiar, and learn to understand and to respect each other a bit more.
Well done Tom! It's not every day one comes across a book that could really change the way people think. ~ , Amazon Review
The Newer, More English Version is about the most refreshing thing to happen to the Science vs. Religion debate since The Life Of Brian, and whilst it probably won't change anyone's mind about the merits of either side, it does make the whole encounter a lot more fun than most of the other stuff that has been written on the subject in recent memory.
The book is not so much a serious attempt to explain how everything could have happened without God - which would be obviously redundant - a comic take on what the first five books of the Bible look like from an atheist's perspective. Some of the jokes are really very good, although it's probably worth saying that if you're going to get them all it helps to have a working knowledge of the Old Testament (or at least a copy handy).
There is more to this book than just the humour, though. Once you've taken the whole God thing out of the story, the character and motivation of leading figures of the Old Testament become fun things to speculate about, and it's this focus on character that stoops the Newer, More English Version from being just another loo book, and makes you want to read the whole thing. ~ , Amazon review
An amusing and inventive re-write of key books from the Old Testament.
Easy to read, with a light poetic flow, this excellent book will make you smile - and will challenge your preconceptions about the more revered characters in the Bible. ~ , amazon
Clever and thought-provoking.
~ Professor Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor and author
A smart, fascinating, poetic, hypnotic and sometimes very funny read... ~ Danny Wallace, British filmmaker, comedian, and best-selling author
A witty, explanatory reality for the origin myth of agricultural society, and it turns out that the Bible doesn't need God. ~ Faris Yakob, strategist, creative director, writer, public speaker and geek.