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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Dogma

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by Kevin Smith

“Yes, Smith enjoys shock value, but this time he makes it mercilessly funny and places it in the context of an obviously devout, enlightened parable. . . . With Dogma Smith makes a big, gutsy leap into questions of faith and religion. He miraculously emerges with his humor intact and his wings unsinged. . . . Dogma abounds with nuttily triumphant imagination.” –Janet Maslin, The New York Times

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 160
  • Publication Date November 30, 1999
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3679-4
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $13.00

About The Book

A comic theological fantasy of epic proportion, Kevin Smith’s Dogma is a film that will stand as one of the decade’s most provocative, slyly profound metaphysical statements. Two fallen angels, sentenced to eternal exile in Wisconsin, are trying to get back into heaven. A renegade cardinal in New Jersey, as part of his “Catholicism Wow!” campaign, has opened a loophole in Catholic doctrine that would give them their opportunity–and, in proving God’s judgment wrong, destroy the universe. An abortion clinic counselor who may or may not be of holy bloodlines is tapped as the very reluctant savior and–accompanied by the thirteenth apostle, a wayward muse, and two very questionable prophets, aka Jay and Silent Bob–she sets off on a mission to save the world.

Praise

“Yes, Smith enjoys shock value, but this time he makes it mercilessly funny and places it in the context of an obviously devout, enlightened parable. . . . With Dogma Smith makes a big, gutsy leap into questions of faith and religion. He miraculously emerges with his humor intact and his wings unsinged. . . . Dogma abounds with nuttily triumphant imagination.” –Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Dogma blends gross-out humor . . . with loopy metaphysical speculation of the kind that keeps caffeinated college sophomores up all night. Mr. Smith creates unchecked verbal outpourings that veer from disquisitions on free will to sexual references that would make a broad-minded stevedore blush. Seldom has the Catholic distinction between body and soul been so fiercely and funnily drawn.” –The New York Times

“As inspired, goofy, subversive, and thought-provoking a pop-culture vision of the battle between good and evil as has been presented on-screen . . . At various moments reminiscent of Star Wars, “60s Batman comics, and the Bible, Dogma has a script as hilarious as the Rocky Horror Picture Show . . .

it demands to be memorized and chanted back at the screen.” –The Village Voice

“Fast and witty . . . Dogma . . . is reminiscent of 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail and is the kind of satirical take that can be written only from the inside. Only someone of the Catholic faith could use its elements to challenge it so adroitly.” –USA Today