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Encyclopedia > Job: A Comedy of Justice

Job: A Comedy of Justice is a novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1984. The title is a reference to the biblical Book of Job and James Branch Cabell's book Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice.

The story examines religion through the eyes of Alex, a Christian political activist who is corrupted by Margrethe, a Danish cruise ship hostess - and loves every minute of it. Enduring a shipwreck, an earthquake, and a series of world-changes brought about by Loki (with Jehovah's permission), Alex and Marga work their way from Mexico back to Kansas as dishwasher and waitress. On the way, they enjoy the Texas hospitality of Satan himself, but as they near their destination, they are separated by the Rapturepagans don't go to heaven. Finding that eternity as depicted in the Revelation is far from the bliss he had so earnestly anticipated, Alex's journey in search of his lost lady takes him to Hell and beyond...


Heinlein's vivid depiction of a Heaven ruled by snotty angels and a Hell where everyone has a wonderful time--with Mary Magdalene shuttling breezily between both places--is a brilliant, biting satire on American evangelical Christianity.

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Job: A Comedy of Justice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (409 words)
Job: A Comedy of Justice is a novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1984.
The story examines religion through the eyes of Alex, a Christian political activist who is corrupted by Margrethe, a Danish cruise ship hostess — and loves every minute of it.
Whenever they manage to make some stake, an inconveniently timed change into a new alternate reality throws them off their stride (once, the money they earned is left behind in another reality; in another case, the paper money earned in a Mexico which is an Empire is worthless in another Mexico which is a republic).
JOB: A COMEDY OF JUSTICE by ROBERT HEINLEIN - BOOK HELP WEB REVIEW (1006 words)
Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert Heinlein
JOB: A Comedy of Justice relies on none of the latter method of storytelling.
Job is a very talented man's look at what might await in the afterlife.
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