The Book of Lilith Website
This site contains links devoted to The Book of Lilith, a work of fiction by Robert G. Brown. Many of the links, of course, will also be of interest to anyone interested in the myth of Lilith and her relationship to Adam, to Eve, to Gilgamesh, to Cain in both historical work and modern culture. [Vampire fans be warned! The Lilith portrayed in this book (and in most of the links below) is not a bloodsucking demoness of the night. Sorry. You might like it anyway, though.]
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Review/Synopsis of The Book of Lilith
The Book of Lilith is a work of serious fiction. You should find it entertaining, and it should make you think. The general category for the work is magical realism, or perhaps satiric fantasy in the spirit of Barth's Chimera. It is a story set in a pseudo-academic framing story involving the supposed discovery of lost scrolls in war-torn Iraq by a somewhat mysterious maiden, who is then subjected to a very hard time by the various patriarchal sides of the war's participants. This part is pure black humor, but can be a bit shocking as well. They should be, as events like the ones portrayed turn up in my newspaper every week, where somehow they've lost all their shock value.
These scrolls, when translated, turn out to be the oldest written documents ever discovered, the first person story of Lilith herself. This is a clear spoof on the Nag Hammadi scrolls discovered by an Arab peasant in Egypt in 1945, that were kept around his house and (alas) even used to start fires before it was discovered that they contained very early copies of books that were purged out of the New Testament by the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE: the Gnostic gospels, as well as the Book of Thomas (not properly a Gnostic text as Thomas was of course an Apostle).
Although the frame is just part of the story, it is told realistically enough that it fooled at least one early reader into asking me if he could "see the real scrolls" (whereupon I added a careful note at the beginning pointing out that the book is fiction). Fiction or not, the story itself is carefully researched and Lilith's adventures span four cultures from the early Bronze or late Stone age. It is not just a physical travelogue, however, it is a spiritual travelogue, as Lilith takes from each place a painful lesson on her road to wisdom.
Lilith doesn't travel alone on this journey; she takes the reader with her as the crazy course of her life ensouled carries her from its beginnings in a magical Eden located in ancient Sumeria to Sidon in early Phoenicia, to Mohenjo Daro and the Harrapan civilization, and finally to a wicked and corrupt India in the years immediately preceding the violent cleansing portrayed in the Mahabharata. The Book of Lilith is lovingly derived from many scholarly and historical works and epics, including The Book of Genesis, the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Upanishads, the Alphabet of Ben-Sirra, the Dead Sea Scrolls and more.
Note well that the Lilith portrayed is not the "goddess" worshipped by various cults, nor is she the she-demon portrayed by various patriarchal writings. She is a real person. She is the first, untamed wife of Adam, with a surprising relationship with the more submissive Eve. In fact, she is the first real person gifted with a soul by God, and it is her appointed task to bring the gift of Soul to all things in Creation (beginning with Adam) by means of her love, just as it is Adam's task to bring about the rule of Law and hence begin the process of evolving a just and ethical society.
That's not to say that Lilith isn't more than a bit magical. To do her job she has been given a tiny bit of the miraculous power of God, which she uses for better or worse as her life evolves. Her life does come with some very definite percs. For example, she enjoys both preternatural knowledge of all things but herself and a personal relationship -- one that involves sharing sushi and shopping trips to early bazaars - with Goddess in the metaphor of Inanna (given that any human representation of God is at heart an anthropomorphic projection of a genderless state of Perfect Knowledge and Perfect Being). Herself she must learn about the hard way, just as you or I might.
Many themes (some of them somewhat disturbing or even shocking, be warned) are woven into the story, but the overall story is one of growth. Lilith is in turn an eager (and somewhat naive and foolish) young bride in love, a young mother coping with what turns out to be a possessive, insecure, and slovenly husband, a beaten and raped wife who prefers to work as a harlot to feed herself and her children rather than ever again be "owned" by any man, a miracle worker beloved by God and granted the power to heal the sick or punish the wicked, a penetrating judge who can plumb the depths of the darkest heart and consign its possessor to freedom or a horrible death, and, in the end, something more. She is throughout her life a seductive lover with the uninhibited knowledge of sexual pleasure she is ever willing to share -- as long as she gets to be on top, or at least to take turns.
At the end of all this -- eventually -- she turns out to be neither more nor less than an extraordinary human being who suffers from her pride and mistakes, who struggles with her appointed task (sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing) and who learns from the pain and reward of a life well spent that knowledge and wisdom are not the same thing.
There are surprises and adventures, wickedness and great good, laughter and tears, and -- perhaps -- a nugget or two of wisdom, so give it a try. I think you'll enjoy it!Back to Contents
Reviews and Previews of The Book of Lilith
We laughed and cried. He deeply stirred all our emotions. In fact we were mesmerized by this remarkable book and loved it so much so that we wanted to help Robert spread the word. So we contacted him and offered to create this web site. We hope you buy The Book of Lilith as a gift for someone special this Christmas, as it is truly the first classic fable of the 21st century, that will act as a beacon for the future, for whoever are fortunate enough to read it.No kidding! Almost embarrassing, actually. They set up a flash-based page-at-a-time preview here as well.
I loved it, and the author's approach to the story not only made me giggle a bit, but it also made me ponder and appreciate what it means to be a woman -- a candid and tough woman, struggling in the world of men.
I found myself emotionally involved in Lilith's tale, at times laughing out loud, at times brimming with joy or seething with anger. At some points, I was lost in the story so much that it seemed real to me, and when I brought myself back to reality, I longed for it to have been a true account. It's a wonderful work of fiction that encourages the reader to examine humanity's existence and the sacred feminine from many perspectives.Breeni likes TBOL enough that she selected it as the best book she read in February!
by far the best book I read in February was The Book of Lilith by Robert G. Brown. If you like to invest in new authors, here's one you should definitely run right out and buy."Run" being figurative, of course, since it is available online at the links below, or you can order it at your favorite independent bookseller by its ISBN: 9781430322450 (often via the Book Sense link below). Still, sounds like good advice to me!
...this one has its charms, particularly as an unapologetically feminist interpretation of the myth of a previously maligned figure in Biblical canon that has in recent times become a positive icon for the feminist movement.I can live with that. Given that TBOL is my first published novel, I can even take Mrs. Giggles criticism of my literary style and use of irony, satire, black humor, light humor all mixed in with a serious work at face value. MG, I vow to work on this in the future but (given the reviewers who don't seem to mind the style or even applaud it) I'd suggest that potential readers check out the previews (at least) before making up their minds.
I normally dislike this genre of book; mostly because they just come off as a blatant show of the author's brilliance and wit; smug and lofty. But I can't bring myself to hate the Book of Lilith. Trust me, I tried. The truth is, I kind of liked it. I kind of really liked it, actually. sigh I know...The horror!Also:
Lately, I've had a hard time keeping focused on reading, yet this book had my attention whenever I had it in my hands. I kept reading it; I wanted to keep reading it, despite the fact that I don't even like books about spirituality or etudes related to religion beliefs. This book was far from mind-numbing.Finally:
All in all the Book of Lilith is up there in the ranks of self-published books. The quality of writing, the style and voice of the author made the book quite compelling and a good read.They aren't exactly review sites, but a number of people have thought enough of The Book of Lilith to set up links to this page on their own without being asked by me (seriously). Since that takes work on their part and selects TBOL out of the vast sea of books they could have put up to promote to their friends instead, we'll count that as "five stars". Here are some of them:
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Links to Different Media Versions of The Book of Lilith
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Books and Literary Material
The following books and magazines may be of interest to people interested in learning more about Lilith. Several of them seem to be linked to my book on Amazon, so at the very least it seems probable that the same people who read them like my book and vice versa. Inclusion here does not mean that I've read them myself, however -- fascinating as I find the Lilith story, reading Scholarly Works in general (even in physics, actually) makes me yearn to give myself a root canal with my Black and Decker instead.
Besides, in most cases the messages they convey could be equally well conveyed in a good five paragraph essay, and be equally believable. IMO, anyway. Not that I'm not equally guilty in my own little essay in the Appendix of The Book of Lilith.
The graphic novel is centred on the supernatural character Agatha Crup who secretly works against the destructive force of Lilith and her demon army. In Hebrew folklore Adam had a wife before God made Eve from his rib, (Genesis 1.27 & 2.23) her name was Lilith. A human clone could not have a soul, thus the spirit of Lilith returns All Hallows when the dead walk the earth and possesses a cloned female. She unleashes an incurable mutating disease spread by genetically modified foods and animals that infects men. The widespread infection radically changes the world as we know it putting women firmly in control
Comic creator, Ray Hayden, says: "We were painting in caves before we could put pen to paper, it is one of our oldest traditions as a species. Using CGI graphics I am able to bring something new to the comic strip to tell Agatha's story. By combining theology/mythology with main-stream science and a largely female cast I'm hoping to redefine the female heroine." Back to Contents
This page is maintained by Robert G. Brown, and he cherishes communication from readers interested in the philosophy, the religion, the humanism, or just the plain old story told in The Book of Lilith. His obfuscated, anti-spam email address is rgb at phy dot duke dot edu; feel free to contact him there.
Communication can also be established in blogspace if you are more interested in that medium. The author maintains a writing blog on lulu, and will sooner or later read and reply to comments made on the book's pages on lulu, on the author's Writer's Den site, or on the Goodreads site.