Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ben-Hur:A Tale of the Christ by Carol Wallace

A Tale of the Christ
Carol Wallace
(Tyndale 2016) 

Lew Wallace, the great-great grandfather to Carol Wallace, wrote the original work, Ben-Hur; which was made into a movie starring Charleston Heston. It has become an iconic film.

Now Carol Wallace has taken this book and updated not only the style of writing but also the dialogue. From a literary prose to modern syntax, Ben-Hur can now be enjoyed by people from all walks of life. 

There were times I wished for a more detailed narrative and more in-depth character development. I felt distant from the characters most of the time and the writing was basic and below the level I usually read. But this was a great novel and I can see the benefit in rewriting the story so that it can reach many people.

Over the course of the years, Ben-Hur faced betrayal, adversaries, and pride. The book centers on him and his friend Messala, but the supporting characters add a richness to the novel. This book gives the reader an insight to a world now lost in time and history.

This will make a great book for a teenager's reading list. It will make a great book for the person who does not like to read the classic prose. 

I recommend Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ for anyone who would like to read a solid biblical tale told through a different viewpoint. 

***I was provided this novel by Tyndale in exchange for an honest and complete review*** 


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