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Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (Audio) (original 2005; edition 2008)

by Anne Rice

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Title:Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (Audio)
Authors:Anne Rice
Info:Ballantine Books (2008), Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Read in 2008, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Fiction, Historical Fiction, Christianity, Audiobook, Read by Josh Heine, @Library, 2008

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I'm familiar with the basic story so I guess I expected more. At first I was bothered by the first person narrative, but eventually it began to feel right. The reasons for the move back from Egypt, the cultural aspects, and the imagined interactions between Jesus and others (especially his father and brother) was interesting; however, for some reason it just read like "another story" to me. I didn't feel any kind of new awareness of Jesus as a person or of Jesus as a god. It's a good quick read but one that I would consider light.

This is my first book by this author as none of the other titles have ever had much appeal. I agree with the other reviewer who commented on the afterword. It's always interesting to know why authors write what they do. ( )
  maryreinert | Aug 16, 2013 |
Excellent! Story of Jesus as a 7 year old child, from the child's perspective.
  BarbaraGriffiths | Jul 9, 2013 |
As a Christian and a huge fan of speculative fiction, I was eager to read this book. While I found certain sections of the book very touching and moving in seeing Christ's human side as a young boy and his divine side as the Son of God, mostly I found the book to be tedious and a bit pedantic. ( )
  Blooshirt | Dec 8, 2012 |
For me Anne Rice has always been a little hit and miss, and this novel is no exception. There was nothing I liked about this novel. The writing was sub-par, the material was bland and flowery. Granted she took on a different aspect of Christ's life, and I could tell she did her research, but the end result wasn't a compelling book. Anne Rice needs to go back to writing about vampires because if this is what her future writing is going to be like, I will be tuning out.
Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity ( )
  Carl_Alves | May 21, 2012 |
Christ the Lord by Anne Rice. Epiphany-OviedoELCA library section 13: adult fiction. This author usually writes about vampires, but “now for something completely different”: biblical biography! The adolescent Jesus bar Joseph is the main character, and Rice picks up his life story around age 8 as his clan returns from Egypt to resettle in Nazareth. Jesus has a problem though. He cannot pry information about his birth from his family, or why his clan sojourned in Egypt. His parents have forbidden him to ask questions ‘for his own good.’ Still the questions burn in his mind. Why did the angel come to Mary? Why was he born in Bethlehem? What happened there? If Joseph is not his father, then who IS? Why did the clan flee to Egypt? What did Herod do after the wise men visited Jesus in Bethlehem? Snippets from clan members and their evasiveness tell him that something sinister happened.
He is also frightened and bewildered by the fact that he can heal people, can catch glimpses of heavenly multitudes, can even make dead people come back to life. His parents catch him doing such things from time to time and warn him not to reveal his supernatural powers to others.
Rice’s careful research puts this book a step above your usual biblical novels. Jesus is the narrator in the first person, which gives the novel a compelling immediacy. Her descriptions of the great temple in Jerusalem, of the lands Jesus’ clan travels through from Egypt to Jerusalem, of the little village of Nazareth and the verdant hills and fields surrounding it, are all so descriptive that the reader can easily visualize it all. There are enough Biblical references to make the entire story seamless, for example, Jesus’ meeting his young kinsman John (the Baptist) who goes to live with the ultra-orthodox Essenes, or Jesus’ visit to the rabbis in the temple when his parents worriedly look everywhere for him for three days. It is during this visit that Jesus finally finds out about his birth from the temple rabbis. Herod’s murder of thousands of infants in an effort to kill the infant Son of David is so shocking that Jesus has a breakdown of sorts. Talk about trauma and guilt!
Upon the family’s return to Nazareth, Mary tells Jesus the whole story of his birth. She tells him to guard his power until God shows him the time to use it. She also says that God did not send him to be born to a rich family, or the family of a temple priest, or even a village rabbi. God sent Jesus to Joseph bar Jacob, the carpenter, and his betrothed, Mary of the Tribe of David in Nazareth. God has his reasons for this, and it is not their job to ask why, just to obey. This gives Jesus a measure of peace that has previously eluded him.
In the last chapter Jesus realizes why God sent him to earth. It is a meaningful ending, especially because we know what lies in Christ’s future. Jesus’ adolescence may well have been quite similar to this. Rice is able to put express an adolescent’s growing pains, thought processes, fears, wishes and hopes. It’s a good character study of Jesus as a youngster.
In an Author’s Note Rice tells how she wrote this book. She located and read many primary source materials, organized what was relevant, and wrote a thoughtful novel. As a result, Rice now sees a great coherence to the life of Christ and the origin of Christianity that previously eluded her. Ultimately, it has helped her reconnect with her Catholic faith. ( )
  Epiphany-OviedoELCA | Nov 12, 2011 |
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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 MikeBriggs | 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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I was seven years old.
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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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