" 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. "