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I really wanted to like it...
on 23 February 2003
This book aims to be a re-telling of the bible, but as a story. It certainly achieves that, but not as well as I'd hoped.
The storyline is obviously there already (ie from the bible) but it isn't re-told particularly well. It is hard to read (I started it 3 times before I got going) and the narrative is poor in places. I feel this is a great idea, but poorly executed.
It should also be mentioned that the book misses out huge parts of the bible - for example, it picks up the narrative when Abraham is an old man. For the sake of a middle-class audience, it also misses out gruesome or explicit passgaes, so when Lot's daughters get their father drunk and sleep with him, the book just skips over it and says "they went to live in some caves".
I really feel a copy of "cover to cover", and a modern, easy to read translation of the bible (The Livivng Bible or the New Century Version for exaple) would stand the reader in better stead and be easier to read.
Remember also this book is not, and does not calim to be scripture and should not replace reading the original.