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The Book Of Rachel (2011)

by Leslie Cannold(Favorite Author)
3.7 of 5 Votes: 4
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review 1: I almost abandoned this book but decided to keep reading because I was intrigued by the concept of reading about Jesus' sister. I loved The Red Tent and loved reading about Biblical times. But I was so turned off by the portrayal of Biblical characters that it made it hard to keep reading. The author changed character's names from what we know them to be, including Jesus' name. Some of what the author did seemed sacrilegious to me-her portrayal of Mary and more. There were also parts of the book that were confusing to me and I felt like I was missing information that I needed to know in order to comprehend the book. The book did pick up towards the end but it was still not as interesting as I had hoped it to be.
review 2: Simply the best historical fiction
... more I have ever read, wonderful detail, historical accuracy, activly unites the cutting edge scholarly research on the persons and politics of the 1st century Romanised holy lands, whilst creating 3 dimensional characters which resonate with modern times. Feminism, social justice, entrenched mediocre patronistic institutions and the explanation of suffering of individual characters all make this an exemplary rendering of the tale of Jesus the Nazarene. A must read for anyone seeking to understand the times, without reliance on entrenched religious dogma. less
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Different, not sure I really liked it, but it was interesting
Enthralling, I didn't want it to end.
4 stars.
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