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Rice departs from her usual subject matter to pen this curious portrait of a seven-year-old Jesus, who departs Egypt with his family to return home to Nazareth. Rice's painstaking historical research is obvious throughout, whether she's showing the differences among first-century Jewish groups (Pharisees, Essenes and Sadducees all play a part), imagining a Passover pilgrimage to Jerusalem or depicting the regular but violent rebellions by Jews chafing under Roman rule. The book succeeds in capturing Jesus' profound Jewishness, with some of the best scenes reflecting his Torah education and immersion in the oral traditions of the Hebrew Bible. As fiction, though, the book's first half is slow going. Since it is told from Jesus' perspective, the childlike language can be simplistic, though as readers persevere they will discover the riches of the sparse prose Rice adopts. The emotional heart of the story—Jesus' gradual discovery of the miraculous birth his parents have never discussed with him—picks up steam as well, as he begins to understand why he can heal the sick and raise the dead. Rice provides a moving afterword, in which she describes her recent return to the Catholic faith and evaluates, often in an amusingly strident fashion, the state of biblical studies today.(Nov. 7)
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ISBN-10:  0375412018
ISBN-13:  978-0375412011
Author:  Anne Rice
Genre:  Religion & Spirituality
Publisher:  Knopf
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review by . January 02, 2006
Anne Rice's latest is an interesting if slow book concerning the early days of Christ's Childhood to about the age of 8.    The book starts strong in Egypt, the interplay between young Jesus and his step-Brother James is interesting and at some points comic, but the story drags during the painfully slow trek from Egypt to the Holy Land and finally to Nazereth itself where it seems to find itself again.    The basic plot line revolves in Jesus trying to find …
review by . December 28, 2005
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