Totally readable in its own right (after all many of us already know the story), this, the second book in the series, follows the months leading up to the beginning of the ministry of Jesus (Yeshua Bar Joseph) culminating in the (wonderfully descriptive) wedding at Cana.
Narrated in the first person by a very human, occasionally tormented Yeshua, though I suspect some may well be offended by his relationship with Avigail, as far as recent novels about the life of Christ go this was totally inoffensive.
Not all I had hoped it would be, I normally find myself deep in discussion about whether certain characters/events are actually in the bible but, my imagination obviously not altogether ignited, not so with this particular novel and, though a relatively short read of 242 pages, I maintain it says too little in too many pages. However, that said, it cannot be denied that Anne Rice has done a wonderful job in recreating the historical and cultural aspect of life at this time which is the only reason I rate it as highly as I do.
Am I inspired to read any of the other book in the series? Never say never - I would if from a library or a friend but I wouldn't go as far to buy them.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Ex-library stock, Not one for the shelves, I do however have several friends waiting to read this.
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