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This review is from: Lazarus Is Dead (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)This book is about Lazarus and what leads up to his raising from the dead and how he's been seen, and judged, by subsequent generations. It's about his childhood, his sisters and his relationship with both the temple priests and Jesus. Well it's not really, although he's the titular hero, the sub-text is writ large and in part it's really about Jesus and the authors very clever and well written, attempt to put some flesh on the bare bones of Jesus childhood and the rational for choosing to raise Lazarus and how that fits into Christian theology.
Sounds dry, it's far from it, Mr Beard mixes fact and fiction in a way I've not read since I last picked up a book by George Ebers. But, whereas Ebers tends to introduce `facts' to support his narrative in a heavy handed and sometimes discordant way, Mr Beard does it with considerably more skill I think and it flows with the narrative so one hardly notices where fictional conversations tail off and `fact' is introduced.
The books covers lots of ground, facts and theories but, it is in the end a work of historical fiction, it couldn't be otherwise as we have so very little information about Lazarus. Though I think that by the time you finish this very well written and very enjoyable book (it's the first book I've read for ages which I couldn't put down and read at one sitting) you'll think you know a lot more about him than most other people.