Book Review: The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey

July 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

“There was one person. One person who understood. Who could see. Who knew. And that person would share what they had, and it’d just spread ’cause everybody touched by that person would be sharing it.” – Mariaangeles


As Mother Theresa said, “Do not wait for leaders, do it alone, person to person”

This book is an interesting fiction of how a man changes all. This man, however, is white, presumably just to emphasize that he needs to be Jew to fulfil his requirement as the messiah.

The book moved from touching, to heartbreaking, towards being loose and unfortunately rather annoying in the end. In the beginning it was about connecting and loving, but it somehow unavoidably leading to plenty of orgies (and not so much more) towards the end.

My opinion on Ben, the main character, therefore, had gone from appreciative to being boring and underwhelming. As the sexual behaviour takes more space in the story, Ben becomes less and less special and turns into an ordinary delusional man who started a cult (eerily reminding me of the movie Martha Marcy May Marlene).

The book moves strong from the beginning up to the middle part, but lost its way somewhere in the middle. However, kudos for the biblical structured storytelling. I wasn’t so impressed because I have read The War of The End of The World by Mario Vargas Llosa about the similar prophet figure, but then again, this is a contemporary fantasy world Frey is telling.

Nice, but not so special. This for me is a “nice to experience” kind of book and will never be read twice.

– ajengmd


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