Towing Jehovah

Towing Jehovah The discovery of God s corpse in the mid Atlantic poses a menace to navigation and to faith Charged with captaining a supertanker as it tows the two mile long corpse northward to the Arctic so that it

  • Title: Towing Jehovah
  • Author: James K. Morrow
  • ISBN: 9780151909193
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The discovery of God s corpse in the mid Atlantic poses a menace to navigation and to faith Charged with captaining a supertanker as it tows the two mile long corpse northward to the Arctic so that it can be preserved, Anthony Van Horne must contend with sabotage both natural and spiritual and mutiny along the way An allegorical tale certain to entertain and provoke.

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    1. James K. Morrow

      Born in 1947, James Kenneth Morrow has been writing fiction ever since he, as a seven year old living in the Philadelphia suburbs, dictated The Story of the Dog Family to his mother, who dutifully typed it up and bound the pages with yarn This three page, six chapter fantasy is still in the author s private archives Upon reaching adulthood, Jim produced nine novels of speculative fiction, including the critically acclaimed Godhead Trilogy He has won the World Fantasy Award for Only Begotten Daughter and Towing Jehovah , the Nebula Award for Bible Stories for Adults, No 17 The Deluge and the novella City of Truth , and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the novella Shambling Towards Hiroshima A fulltime fiction writer, Jim makes his home in State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife, his son, an enigmatic sheepdog, and a loopy beagle He is hard at work on a novel about Darwinism and its discontents.

    906 thoughts on “Towing Jehovah”

    1. By the time I’d finished this book, Morrow had become one of my favorite writers. The philosophy he espouses in his writings is perfectly in tune with my own. He’s a champion of rationality, and I wish not only that there were more like him, but that they also had a more visible platform from which to vocalize (I wrote these comments in 2005, at the height of Bush’s America, in which ignorance is equated with integrity, and level-headed, nuanced thinking is considered “elitist” at best [...]

    2. God is dead, and his two-mile long corpse is floating in the Atlantic, right around the equator. Anthony van Horne, a disgraced oil tanker captain is tapped by the Vatican to haul God's body up to the North Pole, where the grieving angels have prepared a cave for his internment and preservation. Van Horne is joined by a priest with a Kantian bent, a sensual nun, and Cassie Fowler, an atheist marooned after the crash of the Beagle II. Cassie has plans of her own for God's body, which she sees as [...]

    3. I seem to be having bad luck with books recently. This is one more in a series of books with amazing potential that are poorly executed. This book has a fabulous conceit - G-d is dead, and the angels hire a shipping captain to tow the corpse to the burial site. There are all sorts of opportunities to explore the nature of morality, religion, free will, the meaning of life, etc. But while the author does explore those concepts, he's clearly not a philosopher, and there isn't much in the way of no [...]

    4. This is my first take of the author James Morrow. True, this was a light reading, but this book asked the big questions. The premise being the corpse of God (a two-mile long white male with a grey beard, as he has often been depicted) is discovered floating in the Atlantic Ocean. The captain of a supertanker is dispatched by the Vatican on a secret mission to tow the Divine Corpse to a tomb carved out of the Arctic ice.A real thought- provoking read. But note that this book is definitely NOT for [...]

    5. I think I came to this with the wrong expectations. It's pretty light on the theology in favor of some Pythonesque absurd humor, which of course would please most folks. I enjoyed it but coming in the midst of the dark 900 pg doorstoppers I seem to be specializing in these days I was not in the best place to fully appreciate the humor. That said, I would certainly recommend this to certain of my friends.

    6. Un disparate de historia contada en tono serio.Unos ángeles reclaman la ayuda del capitán de un petrolero, pues Jesús ha muerto y es necesario que lo lleven a un iceberg que han amoldado para meterlo y se conserve congelado. Aquí esta sinopsis da mucho juego, pues es interesante saber que pasa luego de la muerte y descubrimiento de alguien tan dubitativo en nuestra sociedad. Pero es que aún queda algo mejor: necesitan un petrolero porque Jesús es como una montaña de grande y para mas disp [...]

    7. Never judge a book by its cover, right? Does going on the title count?We all do that, of course, and it was the title that first grabbed me, then the description made it a must read. Morrow is a writer that I was only vaguely aware of, but the reviews appealed to me immediately. So when the Atheist Book Club group were looking for fiction recommendations I just had to put it forward, and am very glad I did – although I was slightly worried that the book was perhaps less atheistic than I had an [...]

    8. Yesterday at work, I got an ILL request for this book. The title did not ring any mental bells. I pulled the book from the shelf. No mental bells rang. It wasn't until I was checking the book out to the borrowing library that I looked at the cover and heard the faintest mental ding. The illustration on the cover was familiar.I read the story description on the back of the book. Oh yes, that sounded familiar. It was familiar. I had read this book.But I can't remember where I was when I read the b [...]

    9. The premise of Towing Jehovah is fascinating to me. What if God died? What if he descended from heaven, lifeless and floating aimlessly in the Atlantic ocean, with his falling angels announcing to Earthly religious leaders that they must bury him in an icy Arctic cave? How would people respond?While I thoroughly enjoyed Morrow's creative, yet clear writing and his bold questioning of possibility, traits I always look forward to in his stories, I felt Towing Jehovah to be lacking. Throughout the [...]

    10. God is dead, and something has got to be done about His corpse! This book drops the bombshell of this very unique premise, and then it's off to the races. It's hard to miss the metaphor. In fact, the whole novel is in-your-face-allegorical from the get-go, featuring a cast of superstitious sailors led by a guilt-ridden former captain who has never gotten over the massive oil spill his negligence caused. He in turn is supervised by a modern-day priest/particle physicist who bridges the holy myste [...]

    11. I think I hate this book's ending and maybe in the light of this ending the whole meaning of the book becomes despicable to me even though I enjoyed reading it all the way up to the last few pages. I don't know Maybe after reflecting I'll discover a less odious interpretation than that which struck upon first finishing the book: namely that humanity is too cowardly to live without the crutch of supernatural theism even when they know it to be objectively false, and that, further, their fears of [...]

    12. Dieu est mort, et son corps dérive dans le golfe de Guinée. Anthony van Horne, ex capitaine d'un supertanker et responsable d'une marée noire sans précédent est chargé par le Vatican de remorquer le corps jusqu'à sa dernière demeure.Tel est le pitch de départ de ce roman qui, sous ses dehors rigolards et gentiment iconoclaste interroge notre rapport au sacré et à dieu, bien sûr.Car en effet, si le ton semble d'abord léger et en dépit d'un humour corrosif distillé au fil des pages, [...]

    13. I bought Towing Jehovah about a year ago, but hadn't gotten around to reading it until now. I wish I hadn't waited!A tanker captain -- riddled with guilt about his involvement in a serious oil spill -- is approached by the Angel Gabriel to take on the job of salvaging God's dead body (which fell into the sea at 0 degrees latitude, 0 degrees longitude) by towing it to the Arctic, where the angels have built an ice tomb. He will be accompanied by/reporting to a Jesuit priest, representing the Vati [...]

    14. Oh, I liked this one a lot. Not for those who take their religion too seriously. Not for those who have a limited sense of whimsy or the absurd.I skipped over or skimmed the re-enactment 'chapters' most of the time (that plotline didn't interest me until the end). I could put the book down, but was always finding ways to pick it up again to catch a few pages while waiting for water to boil, the toast to cook, etc.This author was recommended by Christopher Moore on his webpage. I'll definitely tr [...]

    15. In the mid-nineties, I managed to go two years without reading a book that was not related to my classwork. This book got me out of that rut, and I've never gone back in since. Towing Jehovah is delightfully irreverent (wait until you see what happens when they run out of food), and thought-provoking. It raises genuine questions about human nature and the power of belief in the midst of a maelstrom of ridiculous happenings. An absolute delight.

    16. Not for the faint of (religious) heart, this is quite the modern day Gullivers Travels. God is dead and floating in the ocean and the Vatican has tasked a failed Oil Tanker pilot to tow him north before his 600 foot tall corpse starts to rot. Buried in an engaging but clearly fansical tale are some thought provoking gems. If God is dead, is anyone judging your actions? You can borrow my copy.

    17. God is really dead this time (and accessorily makes an excellent delicacy and premium fertilizer). Do we reveal this to humanity, helping it achieve emancipation ? No - better keep this sad affair a secret, otherwise a desperate humanity will fall into murderous chaos. The church lives happily ever after, and so does a self-deluded humankind. An unambitious letdown for what appeared to be a promising prelude.

    18. God is dead (we know this because His 2 mile-long body is floating in the ocean). Before all of the angels die of grief, they hire a disgraced tanker captain to tow the body into the Arctic Sea so it won’t rot. Funny, satirical, and thought-provoking, Morrow’s book reminds me of Vonnegut, although I couldn’t tell you exactly why.

    19. This book is pretty amazing. It takes a an outrageous concept and takes it in directions that you can't forsee. There are also many philisophical questions that come up that I found very interesting. Combine that with plenty of humor & a surprising amount of violence & sex and what you get is an intelligent thought provoking book. Definitely worth reading.

    20. God has died and a disgraced sea captain has been hired to tow his body to a crypt carved from a glacier by the Angels. It's meant to be a farce on the conflict between Reason and Faith, but it isn't particularly funny. Not terrible, but felt a bit flat to me.

    21. God is dead. No, really. His body is floating around in the ocean like a small island. And everyone from the Vatican to the atheists wants in on the action. Enter an old tanker and its small crew of misfits, charged with the mission of a lifetime: to tow the body of the creator to His final resting place. If only things were that simple.This is a quirky little satirical piece, and it was a bit hit-and-miss for me. I suspect that some of the humor of it was lost on me, as I don't have much of a J [...]

    22. What a unique concept! I couldn't pass this one up even if I wanted. God is dead, floating face-up in the ocean, and it's up to a disgraced captain to tow him to salvation. Let me tell you, folks, if you open your minds and let Mr. Morrow expand your ideas of religion you're in for a wild ride. I feel I must point out that, as a devout Christian, some of the things which occurred in this book sent a sacrilegious shudder up my spine. YetI couldn't help but love the sheer imagination on display he [...]

    23. A strong 4.0 StarsThis felt very similar to a Christopher Moore novel but slightly more serious, slightly less funny and slightly more heart. A very fun and strange odyssey of an oil tanker and it's crew as it towed the body of Jehovah to the arctic for his last rest. I think where this book really shines it's in its characters. It wasn't until I finished until I released how attached I had become of them. I think were the book falls short is in the fact that the humor isn't as funny as it think [...]

    24. Religious absurdism at its best. While sometimes the plot gets a bit mired down by characters who seem to fluctuate between real people and caricatures, the concept of a deadly mission to tow God's dead corpse across the ocean for an arctic burial is too good to miss. Started this book not knowing what to expect, and emerged thoroughly amused, and even a bit sad, the book's surprisingly depressing theme sneaks up on you through the comedic tone it holds.

    25. Okay, no beating around the bush. In James Morrow's "Towing Jehovah," God is dead. His mortal remains are adrift in the Atlantic Ocean. Anthony Van Horne, a disgraced sea captain, is hired to tow the deceased deity to His final resting place in the Arctic Ocean. I certainly enjoyed reading this book; however, I have mixed feelings about recommending it. If you're an open-minded person who can handle a little irreverence toward religion, check it out.

    26. Part story of an epic sea voyage and the associated hardships that come along with it and part thought-provoking prose about what it would be like if God was to perish, Towing Jehovah was a very good book.

    27. So that was one of the strangest books I've read. The idea of God falling out of the sky dead had a lot of potential, but this missed the boat (so to speak). Somewhat entertaining, but mostly meh.

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