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By Variety Staff. With: Ramon Novarro Francis X. Popular on Variety. Close Menu. Variety Intelligence Platform. Variety Mobile Logo. Premier Logo Created with Sketch. So, I cannot compare this to the original, only remark upon the book itself on its own terms. Those familiar as I am with the old s adaptation starring Charlon Heston from Television repeats each year will be familiar with the basic storyline.
This version is, according to the author's note, updated for our own time by the author's great-granddaughter.
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I had never realized how much research went into the original- and how much the author got right though there may have been a couple of minor errors- I'm sure there were no Lombards in the 1st century. This version has enough of everything to please the modern reader, action, romance, intrigue, a great injustice to be righted, the iconic chariot race, and all of the original enigmatic characters.
For the more general reader, I would say this was a great introduction to the Classic story of revenge and redemption through The Christ, who is constantly in the background of the story, and of how people of the period may have responded to the coming of The Messiah. That I believe, was what Mr Wallace originally intended to explore in the work. I received an e-book edition of this title from the Publisher Tyndale House, for the purposes of writing a review.
I was not required to write a positive one and all opinions expressed are my own. Carol Wallace has indeed done a remarkable job in adapting her great-great grandfather's classic, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.
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The new book retains all the excitement, tension, and suspense of the original. Many have worried the novel would be "dumbed-down," but I did not find that to be the case. The language was both educated and enthralling. Two former friends, barely grown, meet again. Following an accident and betrayal, the unimaginable wrath of Rome descends. Will Ben-Hur and his family recover or be forever eradicated as Messala wishes? I was a little confused about references to the a Nativity scene, which I am not certain I recall from the original,yet allusions seem to indicate it is missing in the new version.
That may be attributed to this being the movie version. However that may be, this is still a great epic not to be missed, whether by first time readers or those who have read the original. Highly recommended!!
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A book to be read over and over!! I gratefully received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was going to try to come up with a somewhat shorter review for this, but, hey.
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It's Ben-Hur, folks. Lover of classic literature that I am, I'm not someone who "worships" classics or who thinks all of them have to be marvelous to me just because they're old and celebrated. But even with its few aspects that I must have read with a lifted eyebrow, I truly appreciated the original Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace, finding it engrossing, thought-provoking, and amazing on more than one level.
I'll admit that I don't normally go for contemporary adaptations of classics when the originals are available. It's not my preference to read a reworded or whittled down version that may leave out much of what the first author wrote, since it was written for a reason, and I'm not looking for an easier read. Even if a classic novel may be a challenge, I'd rather set out to rise to that challenge. With that said, I chose to read this adaptation of a novel from specifically because the present author is a direct part of her great-great-grandfather's legacy.
I was curious to see exactly what she did with his work. And I think Carol Wallace has done a fine job, taking the great material she had to work with and doing justice to it for a new audience. There's action and intrigue, tragedy and triumph on the journey that leads Judah Ben-Hur to a peculiar Nazarene, the one who's rumored to be the imminent king who'll liberate his people from Roman rule.
The historical and biblical settings on land and sea are wonderfully realized, and I especially enjoyed Judah's process through disillusionment, rage, determination, and the path that ultimately humbles and gives him a new purpose. I wasn't particularly impressed by the romance here but wasn't expecting it to be one of this story's strongest points anyway. I did miss the omitted opening, some of the dialogue, and Judah's musings that were left out, as I found much of the original novel's richness in those parts, but not everyone will miss them.
And I liked the depiction of Christ here better, as the older version of the character came off as overdone and soft to me, too much of an ethereal beauty. My inevitable comparisons of the two novels aside, I still enjoyed this new work from beginning to end. I'm sure many other historical and biblical fiction fans who like epic reads will enjoy it as well. Here at Walmart. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason.
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