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A fun look at Moses...and the movies.,
This review is from: The Lawgiver (Hardcover)
Author Herman Wouk is age 97 and is still writing novels. Famous for "Marjorie Morningstar", "The Caine Mutiny", "Winds of War", and "War and Remembrance", among many others, Wouk still has things he wants to say in print. He told his late wife and literary manager, Betty Sarah, before she died in 2011, that he had "three books still to write". Well, "The Lawgiver" is the first of those books.
"The Lawgiver" is a mish-mash of a novel. It is essentially the story of making a movie and writing a book about Moses. Rather than using straight narrative, Wouk advances his novel by use of faxes, Skype calls, emails, love letters, and other methods of communication. It's a terrifically clever way to write a novel and all-the-more remarkable because Wouk is 97 years old. Wouk also uses real characters - himself and wife Betty Sarah - as well as fictional ones. Among his fictional characters are Margolit Solovei, a clever young Jewish woman who has cast off the trappings of her ultra-Orthodox upbringing and gone out into the secular world, making movies her rebbe father would never see. She's joined by some normal Hollywood-types, fairly venal in nature, but Wouk softens their venality and makes them likable enough. He takes the reader through the process of making a movie, from the screenwriter's and deal maker's perspectives. It's an interesting view of Hollywood and its "players".
Almost everyone in the book is Jewish; some are more observant than others. Jewish culture and history does play a large part in the story, but I don't think the reader has to be Jewish to appreciate Wouk's book. It's a fun book to read and has a very sweet way about it. It's almost as if Herman Wouk wanted to write a love story about "Hollywood" and it's "players". Oh, and about his late beloved wife, Betty Sarah and their six-plus decade marriage.