As one of the bestselling stories of all time, Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ has captivated and enthralled millions around the world—both in print and on the big screen. Now Lew’s great-great-granddaughter has taken the old-fashioned prose of this classic... Read More
Coming to theaters in August 2016 as Ben-Hur, a major motion picture from MGM and Paramount studios, the story follows Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman whose childhood friend Messala betrays him. Accused of trying to murder the new Roman governor in Jerusalem, Judah is sentenced to the galley ships and vows to seek revenge against the Romans and Messala. But a chance encounter with a carpenter from Nazareth sets Judah on a different path.
Rediscover the intrigue, romance, and tragedy in this thrilling adventure.
Also included: the inspiring story-behind-the-story of Lew Wallace—Indiana lawyer, author, and Civil War general.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jul 19, 2016
- UPC: 9781496411068
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 432
- Publish Date: Jul 19, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC014000"
- ISBN: 1496411064
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- great read! by Mark on 7/8/2016
The author attempted to put her great, great grandfather's novel in more modern language and make it more interesting for today's readers. I have never read the original to know what it was like, but I have read the movie and it seems to stick to it pretty well.
Since I never read the first book, I shall treat this as a new book I have never read, instead of an updated version of the book.
The book is set in the time of Jesus and centers around a young Israelite prince wrongly accused of attempted murder and betrayed by his best friend. It follows his imprisonment and life afterwards with his path crossing the path of Jesus several times. It was indeed an interesting and easy read, and was a book I didn't want to put down, but had to several times. The author brought the book to life in such a way that it was easy to picture the scenes in my mind.
My one complaint is the author skipped over the resurrection and Judah coming to believe in Christ, though they were referenced later in the book. I liked the whole plot, setting, and characters. One part of the book that stood out was the famed chariot race. The author did a tremendous job of describing that in (I think) more pages than the original book spent on the race.
The book contains some photos from the movie, along with a mini biography about the original author.
This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
- Retains Exciting Flavor of Original!! by Babbling Becky L on 7/1/2016
Carol Wallace has indeed done a remarkable job in adapting her great-great grandfather's classic, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. 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. This time the gap between the Jew, Judah Ben-Hur, and the Roman, Messala, has become a chasm. 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. Another truly important scene I was sure I recalled from the original, again was MIA. 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!! A book to be read over and over!!
I gratefully received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.