Title: Apocalypse Next Tuesday
Author: David Safier
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / German Literature / Chick-Lit/ Humor
When thirty-something Marie jilts her boring boyfriend at the altar she wonders if life can get any worse. So when a handsome carpenter comes round to work on the roof, she realises she has nothing to lose by asking him out. Even his bizarre assertions that he is Jesus aren’t enough to put Marie off – her biological clock is ticking, and it’s time to settle down.
Meanwhile, Satan (a dead ringer for George Clooney) is on the prowl, recruiting horsemen for next week’s Armageddon, scheduled for Tuesday, and Archangel Gabriel has discovered the pleasures of the flesh and is off on a sex marathon. Things are looking grim. Fortunately, Marie is dating the son of God – maybe, just maybe, he can get things straightened out.
Provocative and blasphemous (with added pizza), Apocalypse Next Tuesday is a book full of surprises. Wonderfully light and witty it will keep you laughing from the first page to the last.
Apocalypse Next Tuesday by David Safier is a light and fun novel with a nice balance between
- the eternal fight between Good and Evil,
- the significance of free will,
- difficult situations and decisions,
- lighthearted humor,
- and a delicate romance.
Marie is about to marry her fiancé, Sven, but she realizes that although she loves him, it is not enough for a lifetime. Marie leaves him at the altar, and moves back to her parents’ house, where she meets Jeshua who works there as a carpenter.
Jeshua is actually Jesus, and he is here on Earth to save humanity again. Marie slowly falls for him, and while she helps him to enjoy the modern world’s investments, like pizza, karaoke, and salsa dance, she has to face not only her pissed off and rude ex-fiancé, but her sister’s cancer, her father’s young, new girlfriend, her mother’s psychoanalyses and new love interest, who is actually the Archangel Gabriel, and finally the Last Judgement.
The story is partly told from Marie’s point of view, in first person, partly from the viewpoints of the Archangel Gabriel and Satan, in third person. I really enjoyed the comic strips by Marie’s sister, Kate.
Apocalypse Next Tuesday is a very entertaining read with thought-provoking ideas, and lots of situation comedy.
David Safier was born in 1966 and is one of the most well-known and successful German scriptwriters. He wrote the television series Berlin, Berlin for which he was awarded the Adolf Grimme Awardin 2003 and an International Emmy. He lives and works in Bremen.
He has written four novels, Suddenly Shakespeare, Happy Family, Bad Karma and Apocalypse Next Tuesday – the latter two were on the German bestseller lists for months.
(Source: Wikipedia and Rowohlt)