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Esther [Kindle Edition]

Norah Lofts
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Ataxerxes, King of Persia needed a wife. This warrior lord was so
powerful that he could make his choice from all his Empire.
He picked the one girl who would have given anything to have
been passed over, a Jewish scholar, Esther, from the back streets of
his capital, Shushan. To a King bored by the chattering of women
wreathed in musky scents, this changeling was a breath of fresh air.
But the new Queen of Persia was lost in a world of protocol and
soon lost her husband's favour. Worse, she had to hide her faith and
deny her origins for Haman, the King’s favourite, was an Amelekite,
an ancient enemy of the Jews, and determined to have revenge.
Esther's only hope to avert a holocaust was to risk her own life
and go, uninvited, before a King who had already disposed of one
unpopular wife.

Norah Lofts’ Esther, first published in 1951, is a magical re-telling
of the Old Testament Book of Esther, the story behind the Jewish
festival of Purim.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 244 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Tree of Life Publishing (14 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Biblical book of Esther tells this same story artfully and its art is that of the elaborate Persian story-teller akin to the Arabian Nights. There is drama and parallel plots but the characters are merely etched out flat in graphic novel style (or maybe I should say woven in Persian Carpet style) without much attention to their inner worlds.

Nora Lofts is a skilled writer of many historical novels. She has taken the story and while remaining faithful to its bare bones has put flesh on the characters and re-worked the story into a modern novel for the modern reader. It could be something to read on holiday or on a long train journey.

She seems to have read around the Bible story in Jewish commentaries to get some of her ideas - others are from her own imagination to create a credible narrative and believable motivated characters. It is a masterpiece. As a Jewish reader I feel her interpretation is in tune with our reading of the text and adds insights. It is also a dramatic and highly enjoyable read.

This is a book I cannot recommend highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What happens after "Happy Ever After"? 16 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I first read this book when I was 19 and loved it. For once, the Cinderella story is continued after the wedding. We all know the phrase 'happy ever after' but how often does that happen? And how would the 'ordinary' girl cope living in the palace as Queen?
At the time I had no idea that this book was an interpretation of the Biblical Book of Esther, I just knew that it was an enchanting story, wonderfully told.
It's lovely to see 'Esther' back in print. Not only is it a story of good winning over evil but it is about stepping up into who you really are. Norah Lofts originally wrote it for teenagers and it's a perfect book for a young person. But I'm still enjoying it at 55.
It would be a great gift for a Jewish girl at the time of Purim, which is the Jewish festival which celebrates the Book of Esther. But you don't need to be Jewish, religious or even believe in God; it's just a terrific read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Esther 29 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
An enjoyable read - retelling the Biblical story of Esther in an easyily accessible way. Would be suitable for youg people to read who want to know more about this Biblical heroine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Esther 28 Feb 2013
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This is an excellent book to explore the emotions of Esther and the contemporary decisions we make today. Read more!
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