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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lewis…

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880)

by Lewis Wallace

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I can't recall another novel I've read that seesawed between sublime and sheer awfulness like this one. There were some wonderfully written moments, and then mere sentences later we'd get a description of a handshake that's, like, paragraphs long. The dialogue was the same way--some really subtle stuff, then a mallet to the head.

It's a great premise that's not handled that well. As a person of faith, I also found the handling of Christ reallllllly obnoxious, like a stoic model who also kind of looked like a figure from a Margaret Keane painting.

This is one of those cases where the '50s film version is vastly superior to the source material. Watch that instead. ( )
  wordsampersand | Dec 6, 2018 |
Great story! This is the 1880 edition, so treat it carefully! ( )
  T.E.I. | Dec 12, 2017 |
Bewerking, Filmeditie
  Marjoles | Sep 25, 2017 |
I read this long book long ago. ( )
  maryhollis | Feb 20, 2017 |
I have loved the movie, Ben- Hur since I first saw it in a re-release in 1968. It has taken me 48 years to read the book.
I was surprised that the 1959 movie, which I love, was so boring in book form. The first 16 chapters were the first 10 minutes of the 1959 movie. The author, General Lew Wallace, wanted to make sure the reader knew the historical background of the 3 wise men and their cultural and religious histories. The person who wrote the 1959 screenplay, Karl Tunberg with contributions from 4 others, is a masterpiece considering the tsunami of words a person had to wade through in order to focus on the important ideas. The movie screenplay hit the important points and left out characters and side plots that distracted from the main theme. There are many differences between the book and the movie. First, it was Judah that knocked the tile off the roof, injuring the governor, not Tirza; the slaves in the Hur home were imprisoned but in the movie, released; Judah's faithful steward, did not know or recognize him in the book when he returned. Judah had a different love interest throughout most of the book but in the movie, it was only Esther. Most importantly , Masalla did not die in the book but only became a paraplegic. Judah's mother and sister were not healed of leprosy when Jesus died, as in the movie, but were healed when they approached him on roadside. (far less dramatic). In the movie, Judah sees Quintus Arias fall over board and saves him. In the book, he simply escapes and finds Quintus Arias floating and drags him aboard his little raft. Many more smaller changes, for the better, were made in the screenplay, making the movie more concise and move at a much faster pace. You would have to be a real lover of reading to get through this book in my opinion . ( )
  gaillamontagne | Sep 16, 2016 |
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Wallace, LewisAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adama van Scheltema, C.S.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
AlmaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Killavey, JimReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
LaHaye, TimIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morsberger, KatharineAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morsberger, Robert EustisAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prout, VictorIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Learn of the philosophers always to look for natural causes in all extraordinary events; and when such natural causes are wanting, recur to God." Count De Gabalis.
To the wife of my youth who still abides with me.
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A First Edition book in relatively good shape. A present to Grace Spittle Aug 19, 1981

Ben Hur by Lew Wallace

Although dwarfed by the motion picture spectaculars of 1925 and 1959, the original novel of Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace has itself become a legend in the publishing field.
In 1880 it was the first novel allowed in the homes of many Victorian Americans and it caused a minor revolution there. The unique combination of adventure and religion in Ben-Hur gave fiction reading a moral sanction and helped to make it a reputable pastime.
While enduring and avenging a dastardly arrest by the Romans, the Young Israelite, Judah Ben-Hur, encounters the supernatural humanity of the Carpenter of Nazareth and is won to Christianity. Aside form his spiritual quests, however, Ben-Hur is a very worldly man, daring death in raw sea battles, maiming and humiliating his unprincipled foe in a chariot race, and, of course, falling in love.
Since its publication, Ben-Hur has attracted over four million readers; and its author, the ne'er-do-well son of a proper Indiana family, has become famous in respectable circles for a book which was published while he himself was pursuing the Apaches and Billy the Kid in frontier New Mexico.
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A wealthy young Jew and his family experiencing changing fortunes under Roman tyranny are affected by the life and teachings of a Nazarene named Jesus Christ.

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A man's life can change in an instant. For Ben-Hur, a young Jewish aristocrat, that time comes when he accidentally knocks a roof tile onto a Roman official's head. He is condemned to the galleys, but the most fateful moment of his life is yet to come: the day he meets Jesus.… (more)

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