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 out what everyone in the family seems to know about his past but he doesn't. That tension builds later in the book and makes it stronger near the end. The device of the story being told by Jesus is very interesting.
The theology is pretty good as is the history, however for long periods the story just drags.
I did find the story of their work and how it was done pretty cool and the idea that as skilled workers the family might live better made a lot on sense.
The most interesting part of the book however is past then ending and the afterword as the author describes her full circle from and back to the Catholic faith and her discovery that a lot of the scholarship of doubt is high on doubt and short on scholarship.
All and all this book is a worthwhile if slow read. I presume there will be further volumes which might improve as it goes along. This however marks a break with the author's core audiance and thus has a zero precent chance of seeing the silver screen unless Mel Gibson buys the rights, so if you want the story, I guess you need to buy the book.
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A strength of this book is that it is written in a considerable belles lettres -light literature style. Accordingly, the diction will appeal to a wide public constituency. The volume depicts the early life of Jesus as a healer and a prophet. At one point, James critiques Jesus making sparrows out of clay on the Sabbath. The death of Herod is covered, as well as the prior knowledge by Joseph. Coincidentally, Herod … more