The Lawgiver - Street Smart [ THE LAWGIVER - STREET SMART ] by Wouk, Herman (Author ) on Nov-13-2012 Compact Disc
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"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.
Mr Wouk, even in the few pages I've reviewed thus far, is as young and powerful as ever in his intellect and his ability to explain the great accounts of life, history and religion.
All I can say is, thank you Mr Wouk. You have greatly blessed us all for generations to come.
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an amazingly well written story, intriguing separating the fact from fiction. He is an amazing author particularly as he was a great age when he penned this one! Read morePublished 11 months ago by herladyship
Unusual, have a little trouble getting incentive to finish itPublished 13 months ago by Pamela Kemble