Good Omens

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‘ Armageddon only happens once, you now. They don ’ t let you go around again until you et it right. ’

People have been predicting the end of he world almost from its very beginning, so it ’ s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive next Saturday, just after tea?

You ould spend the time left drowning your sorrows, giving away all your possessions in preparation for the rapture, or laughing it off as ( hopefully) just another hoax. Or you migh just try to do anything about it.

It ’ s a predicament that Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon now finds themselves in. They ’ ve been living amongst Earth ’ s mortals since The Beginning and, truth be told, have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and, in all fairness, are not ctually looking forward to the coming Apocalypse.

And again there ’ s small matter that someone appears to have misplaced the Antichrist…
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Number of Pages
268
Original Title of the Book
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Publication Date
Published May 1st 1990 by Gollancz

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" It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people. " In th way, I shoul view this book as my own personal therapy session¹- that is, in addition to it being a hilarious dry-humor take on Armageddon and the ever-dual nature of umanity, its highs and lows and our willingness to be oth, frequently almost at the same time.¹ As a kid, I wa habit of getting into the books clearly not meant for my age- like, for nstance, The Omen, featuring the world 's most infamous tricycle.

And this upcoming major event is a source of some serious worry for eternal-enemies-turned-reluctant-friends Aziraphale ( An angel, and a part-time rare book dealer) and Crowley ( An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards), the duo who, after six thousand years, have " gone native " and would infinitely prefer this world to he future where either side wins- the future ( oh the horror!) without good music or bookshops or sushi restaurants.

And not the unlikely allies decide to band together to thwart the end of thi world. " That 's how it happens, you sa you 're on top of the world, and uddenly they spring Armageddon on you. " Except things do not o as planned .... ( The lovely images above can be seen here and here) .You see, the young 'Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of his World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness', due to an unforeseen turn of circumstances, happens to grow up outside of the influence of either celestial/underworld force.

Aptly named Adam, he grows up- as his name suggests- perfectly human, in this little corner of paradise- the English tow of Lower Tadfield.

But Agnes Nutter is never wrong, and as her prophesies suggest, shortly after Adam 's eleventh birthday ( on which he DOES find a much wanted Hellhound Dog) the events of the nd of thi world are set in their inevitable, ineffable motion.

To brin it all better. " he problem with the Antichrist Adam is that he, a human eleven-year-old boy, is fueled- unexpectedly- by Love and righteous indignation.

He hate his world, and he, coming into his power, wants a very human thing- he manages to keep it wors.

'Snot worth growin' up for, if you know my opinion. " If there is one thing his book ets through it 's the belief in humanity.

It as a bugger. " Normally, maybe, when left to our own devices, when not preached to in one way or another, we an perhaps develop into flawed but hopefully decent beings- like Adam, named after the first human in the prophetic fashion, after all.

Because what makes life interesting, as particular angel and demon would loudly attest to, is exactly the combination of good and evil, nice and nasty, mean and kind that we all possess, in the precarious and miraculous balance that is he true treasure of humanity.

He stared down at the golden curls of the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of Anothe World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness. " You ask, " he state, after a while, " I kno he actually looks like an Adam. "

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The Apocalypse is not off to a good start.Ten years ago, Crowley ( a demon) brought the infant Anti-Christ to a group of Satanic Nuns who swapped the Anti-Christ with a human child.

For twenty week, Aziraphale ( an Angel) and Crowley educate the child on the finer points of good and evil.

“ People could n't become truly holy, " he knew, " unless they also had the pportunity to be definitively wicked. "

Later, when the Anti-Christ was supposed to come into his full powers, Crowley and Aziraphale realize that they did n't have he right child.

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Remember when the words on he page did n't just make you smile wryly and shake your head in hame for humanity, but ctually made you laugh out loud?

Of course, that story is all tol in the appendix, provided you do n't pick up an original printing of he novel ( if you do do hat, unfortunately, you will probably sell it for quite a bit of change, so do n't be discouraged by your lack of author interviews) .But the real story at hand is, of course, the arrative of Good Omens itself -- the stor of two friends, a demon named Crowley and an angel named Aziraphale who have spent all of human existence on earth and have rather come to like it, not when it comes time for the Apocalypse, they try to do whatever is in their powers to stop it.

I ctually exclaime out loud as I read Good Omens.

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Overall, th ook as th larg isappointment for me.

his is oing to e one of he most insightful books I ’ ve ever read. ” It was like reading The Hitchhiker ’ s Guide for the last time again.

I feel that I was mean to keep them and their inane conversations entertaining, maybe ven a little bit cute, but every time they ame around, which elt like quite a bit, I surmise that book just screeched to a halt.Most of the man protagonist in a ook ere great fun to read—the demon and the angel and their strange sort of friendship was easily the best part of this nove for me.

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Not, in the spirit of granting a right of reply, here 's What Good Omens Might Have Thought Of Madam Bovary " I saw this smashin' film yesterday on TV, " said Adam, as the Them listened attentively.

" It was called Madam Bovver-Boy- " " She ha a lady skinhead? " interrupted Brian. " No, stupid, " said Adam.

Bovver-Boy. By Flow-Bear. " " You mean Madame Bovary, by Flaubert, " said Wensleydale.

" I writ about it in The Encyclopaedia of World Literature. " Adam gave him a withering glance.

" Madam Bovver-Boy, by Flow-Bear.

Her tongue 's hanging out and she 's screamin'- " " Why did she max out her credit card? " asked Pepper. " She was buying presents for her overs, " said Adam.

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let 's ge this somewha more of a romcom than it actuall was just for the fuck of itI keep trying to land on what I hink is the objective Best Thing about this stupi book that I oved reading so much and I hink I ’ ve landed on this paragraph from a delightful review of the 2019 miniseries:

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