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The Lawgiver - Street Smart [ THE LAWGIVER - STREET SMART ] by Wouk, Herman (Author ) on Nov-13-2012 Compact Disc

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  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (13 Nov. 2012)
  • ASIN: B00AAB1J7M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Format: 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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I was just 18 when I came across, what was then, in 1973 a tome of a book, the most ambitious I'd ever read - "The Winds of War". Mr Wouk's work has had a profound effect on my entire life and when I chanced upon "The Lawgiver" yesterday while wandering taking my Mum for a coffee, Mum replied immediately, "Oh yes. I remember 'The Winds of War only too well. You spent a two week holiday totally angrossed and it changed you.. and for the better!' Coming from Mum who alas has alzheimers that was such a breath of fresh air.

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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Format: Paperback
This took me a while to get into, mainly because of the different style in which it is written but stick with it, it's a fantastic read and very intelligently done, exploring aspects of the film industry, the legal industry but most of all, exploring people, letting the reader gently get to know the characters and who they really are. I'd never heard of the author before and only picked it up on the off chance but was delighted with the read, if you're thinking of buying it, do it!
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