Wednesday, January 25, 2012

“As I remember, I had just woken up from a nap when I decided to create the universe.”

The Mr g in Mr g: A novel by Alan Lightman, is God. I must say, I am a huge fan of his work, God and Lightman. This novel is basically a funny take on the creation of the universe, combining science, theology and moral philosophy, narrated by Mr g himself. He's just kicking it in The Void for who knows how long, because they didn't exactly wear watches. He woke up from a nap one day feeling bored, which makes sense, as there was no reality television in the form of real life humans to watch. Mr g decides to create the universe, making it perfect. We all know that perfect is not remotely interesting, we can blame most of our one night stands on this concept. The novels villain, Belhor accompanied by his sycophant beast Baphomet challenges Mr g on the concept of the universe being good only; insisting that is tedious and incomplete. He convinces Mr g to give his creation free will, and to not interfere no matter what happens, good or bad. And that is how The Jersey Shore was created. The end.

In all seriousness, this novel is very clever. Although it is small, it packs in a lot of thought and imagination.

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