The Life Of God (As Told By Himself) ($22.00; June 1996; 288 pp.; 0-226-24495-4). In this ostensible autobiography, the (really rather endearing) title figure confesses the loneliness that stimulated Him to create beings in His own image, and describes His adventures throughout history disguised in various forms, interacting and debating with famous figures who seem to promise, but fail to offer, worthy companionship. Ferrucci's revisionist view of the fathering of Christ may drive some of the fundamentalists nuts, but that's their problem. This exceedingly amusing novel, first published to great acclaim in Italy in 1986, is a continuous provocation and delight; there isn't a dull page in it.