Christopher Moore, the creative often darkly satirical writer, has written twelve novels and two short stories. His funny and unexpected writing ranges in genres from fantasy to historical fiction. Even though Christopher Moore has become a bestselling writer, he remains less famous than other notable authors. His audience consists of mostly adults. Moore’s first novel, Practical Demonkeeping published in 1992, and his most famous novel, Lamb The Gospel According to Biff Christ’s Childhood Pal, are examples of his uniquely amusing storytelling.
Christopher Moore was born in 1957 in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Mansfield.At twelve years old he started writing, but his career as an author didn’t start until he reached thirty. The writings of his favorite author, John Steinbeck, inspired Christopher Moore. Moore’s favorite Steinbeck works include the less famous writings Cannery Row, Sweet Thursday, and Tortilla Flat.Christopher Moore also respected Kurt Vonnegut who influenced his satirical novels. The Denver Post even states, “Christopher Moore is rapidly becoming the cult author of today, filling a post last held by Kurt Vonnegut.” Before Moore became a published author he worked menial jobs at grocery stores and at hotels. He uses these past experiences to help enhance the characters and make his stories more lifelike. Moore currently divides his time between Hawaii and San Francisco and is working on a sequel to his novel Fool.
Christopher Moore’s books often display themes like religion, friendship, and love. Religion plays an important role in his novels Lamb, The Stupidest Angel, and Fluke. Lamb, the hilarious historical fiction novel, depicts Jesus’ life between the ages of six and thirty-three from the perspective of his best friend Biff. Christopher Moore creates the character Biff who has the opposite personality of the Messiah, and tells the story through his eyes. Biff, the smart aleck trouble maker, helps Jesus with many problems. Christopher Moore’s take on Jesus’ life often stays historically accurate, while demonstrating his strange imagination. The Stupidest Angel, the third novel in the Pine Cone series, also contains religious elements. In this novel God sends an angel to Earth to grant the wish of a child and to perform a Christmas miracle. One of Christopher Moore’s strangest novels, Fluke, uses “The Goo” as a religious symbol similar to God. The humpback whales sing to “The Goo” to receive food. Additional themes of Christopher Moore novels include loyalty and friendship. The friendships between Biff and Joshua (Jesus) in Lamb, Nate and Clay in Fluke, and Lena and Molly in The Stupidest Angel symbolize how Christopher Moore values deep friendships. His characters defend, argue with, and care for each other just like relationships in real life. Love, perhaps more than any other theme, appears in every Christopher Moore book. From the passion Biff feels for Mary Magdalene, “Maggie”, to the lust Steve feels for everything in the novel The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Moore’s novel’s illustrate that love can be confusing and complicated, yet precious and essential to life.
Christopher Moore’s comical writing style takes ordinary story-lines and pushes them to insane boundaries. He writes with fairly simple diction, but it can vary depending on different characters. Moore’s phrasing can become complicated with characters similar to Joshua, who speaks with parables, but is not usually. In Moore’s novel Fluke, Nate and his partner Clay work as marine biologists researching humpbacks. The plot takes an unexpected turn when Nate sees “Bite Me” on the tail of a whale. Moore then introduces us to a world of whaley boys, whale ships, and an underwater utopia. Moore’s inventive plots are easy to follow, but rarely follow a traditional path. Christopher Moore demonstrates a unique talent for connecting his stories by using a few of the same characters in different books. Catch, the demon, appears in Lamb and in Practical Demonkeeping. Moore also introduces Tuck and his talking fruit bat in The Island of the Sequined Love Nun and in his book The Stupidest Angel. Additionally Moore uses similes throughout his stories. For example, “There was an explosion, a flash, and an anguished roar, as if someone had killed a lion.” He also uses many metaphors like when Maggie says “Good fortune? Are you mad? My husband’s a toad. I’m sick at the thought of him.” Moore’s ridiculing and fanciful tone creates a quizzical mood within his novels. He wants the reader to fall into his comedic satire that’s sometimes grim, sometimes whimsical, but always entertaining.
Although Christopher Moore’s books roam into bizarre territory, he researches his subject matter thoroughly. Lamb took him three years to write because he had to read the Old and New Testaments; analyze Buddhism, Confucianism, and other religions to create the three wise men; and discover what was happening in the rest of the world at that time. He even traveled to Israel to see the places where Jesus would have gone. Moore also met with educators and clergymen to learn more about Jesus’ life and time. In books like Fluke and Bloodsucking Fiends he had to research biology and mythology. In the novel Coyote Blue,Moore had to investigate Native American tribes, their customs, and their beliefs.
Christopher Moore has quite an imagination and writes absurd, clever, and entertaining stories. Carl Hiaasen, the bestselling author, has said Moore is, “A very sick man, in the very best sense of the word.” The New York Times says, “He writes laid-back fables straight out of Margaritaville, on the cusp of humor and science fiction.” From the odd underwater world of Fluke to the darkly satirical novel A Dirty Job, “Christopher Moore writes novels that are not only hilarious, but fun to read as well. He is an author at the top of his craft.”
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