Author: Sam Moffie
Publisher: Mill City Press Inc
ISBN: 978-1936107353

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Sam Moffie brings a whole new meaning and dimension to the term “satire” with The Book of Eli. Using a combination of relevance and restraint, two of the most important qualities of satire, Moffie has delivered a comic gem replete with large doses of  high energy, intelligence and unpredictable story-telling.

Moffie's principal voice is Eli Canaan, who is almost a perfect human being, yet, he does have one fault, he is an obsessive philanderer, or as he describes himself, “a horny tomcat.” Eli is married to Abigail, who believes that she and her husband should only have sex two point five times a month. It was something she picked up in a magazine that was long on averages, but short on answers as to why this should be the norm.

Abigail is quite aware of Eli's promiscuity and thus seeks out the services of a gypsy to do something about it. For one thousand dollars, the gypsy agrees to put a hex on Eli. Little did Abigail realize what would be the consequences.

One day, Eli thinks he is dreaming, for he feels so relaxed, as if he were in a deep slumber. He was quite angry with himself when he realized he was awakening from such a terrific sleep. He convinces himself that it had to be a dream, “because only in a dream could a man feel like he did when he was about to orgasm.”

Eli then hears a voice calling out to him: “Eli, you said you were coming to me, and you came.” This really confuses Eli. The voice informs Eli that he was fornicating with someone other than his wife, and when he was about to climax, he called out the voice's name. Apparently, Eli was now conversing with God, which sounded to him like the voice of Orson Welles. He was reminded that committing adultery was a big “no no.” Eli regrets his behavior, and particularly that he died committing adultery, which has landed him in Heaven. God forgives Eli, telling him that no one is perfect, and that he is about to meet a guide that will set the record straight.

To Eli's amazement, the guide, or Julius as he is called, turns out to be Groucho Marx, complete with cigar, grease paint moustache, eyebrows and eyeglasses. After considerable bantering and joking between the two, Eli embarks on a voyage of introspection where he is shown the right path to a rewarding life. And to help him find his way, Julius introduces him to some very well-known personalities as Sigmund Freud, Jesus, Madelyn Murray O'Hair (the founder of American Atheism), Ayn Rand, and others, who all pass onto him a great deal of sage insights and advice.

It is through the voices of these personalities that Moffie roams back and forth, as he ridicules and whispers dissent, while at the same time calling for change concerning a variety of subjects. Included are such themes as misplaced adoration we have for athletes with their gross salaries, people who are more interested in talking about the weather instead of current events, lack of moderation, misinterpretation of the teachings of Jesus, worshipping money and sex before God, banning some books and certain words, free will, conformity, misinterpretation of the teachings of Mohammed, religious institutions that do not pay taxes, misunderstanding Karl Marx's philosophy, the poor quality of writing, the garbage that Hollywood puts out, objectivity, and a host of others.

Moffie's take on what is happening in the real world is frank and honest. And in order to get his point across, he wittingly works into his writing quite a repertoire of tools as comparison, analogy, sarcasm, irony, double meanings, juxtaposition and even exaggeration, as he deals with man's follies and never ending vices. He also effortlessly integrates a great deal of philosophy into the flow of his yarn. In the end, what we have is a mischievous novel that manages to be witty as well as erudite and delight to read.

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