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Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (2005)

by Anne Rice

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Poorly written. A pathetic attempt to re-imagine the story. ( )
  2wonderY | Oct 24, 2016 |
In this fictional novel, Jesus is presented as a nature mystic, a healer, a prophet and very much a real young boy. Anne Rice delivers a very realistic and convincing version of him.
  MerrittGibsonLibrary | Jul 8, 2016 |
I wasn't going to read this. I hated that Rice stopped writing about vampires and witches. I wanted more of her supernatural storytelling. But this, this was well worth the read. I won't get into my religious beliefs, but rather focus on the story itself. Writing a novel that chronicles the early life of Jesus was ingenious and somewhat dangerous when considering the potential backlash. What I liked the most is the way in which makes Jesus a human story. The young boy's need for answers- his desire to understand who/what he is a struggle that we all face... I'm ready to read the next one. ( )
  kristina_brooke | Apr 15, 2016 |
Fecha de lectura aproximada. Sólo recuerdo el mes y el año, no el día. ( )
  MisaBookworm | Feb 2, 2016 |
Interesting take on the life of Christ as a boy. A little dry, but I learned quite a bit about what was going on in the world of the Jews during that time period and plan to read the sequel, Road to Cana. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
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It doesn't really matter about accuracy - a novelist should be free to play with the facts to get nearer to the truth. What's wrong is the lack of skill in imagining and then depicting a time, a place and a person. In Christ the Lord, Anne Rice has conscientiously taken all the drama, elegance and urgency of the Gospels and the Apocrypha, and flattened them into a tedious and mediocre potboiler. Which is a pity, because it's still a hell of a good idea for a novel.
added by 2wonderY | editThe Guardian, Jenny Diski (Dec 3, 2005)
As for the plot, it's a year in the life of a rather plodding 7-year-old boy. As for suspense, he discovers that several mysterious events attended his birth, but we already know that, and so do all the other characters, who are made entirely of cardboard. Mary is innocent; Joseph steadfast; Mary's brother Cleopas laughs so continuously that he might as well be at a vaudeville show; and James, the savior's older brother, glowers throughout the book with big-time sibling rivalry.
Rice's Christ reads like a bland young-adult novel, written in language that's supposed to be unadorned and poignantly simple but is instead as flat and leeched of poetry as the Good News Bible.
The book's steady attention to such details slows its progress. It stops frequently for scenery, not all of it the kind that a young boy might notice. "It seemed that the women of this place used a loom with one pole to it," he says of Sepphoris, a town near Nazareth, "and one crosspiece at which they had to stand. But we had brought back from Alexandria bigger looms, with two sliding crosspieces, at which the woman could sit, and the women of the village all came to see this." This gives the book a hint of museum diorama.

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When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;
Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.
The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.
The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.
What ailed thee, O thous sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?
Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs?
Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;
Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.
-Psalms 114. King James Version
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375412018, Hardcover)

Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of CHRIST THE LORD, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

The book’s power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of Jesus who tells the story.

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Presents a new novel by the author of Interview with the Vampire, incorporating the latest New Testament scholarship to chronicle the life of Jesus Christ, from his early years, through his ministry, through his final days, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascent to heaven. Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most thoughtful and powerful book, a novel about the childhood of Christ the Lord based on the gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship. The book's power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing, and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of the young Jesus who tells the story.… (more)

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