Jul. 1, 2016

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

***** 5 stars

Retains Exciting Flavor of Original!

Carol Wallace has indeed done a remarkable job in adapting her great-great grandfather's classic, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The new book retains all the excitement, tension, and suspense of the original. Many have worried the novel would be "dumbed-down," but I did not find that to be the case. The language was both educated and enthralling.

Two former friends, barely grown, meet again. This time the gap between the Jew, Judah Ben-Hur, and the Roman, Messala, has become a chasm. Following an accident and betrayal, the unimaginable wrath of Rome descends. Will Ben-Hur and his family recover or be forever eradicated as Messala wishes?

I was a little confused about references to the a Nativity scene, which I am not certain I recall from the original,yet allusions seem to indicate it is missing in the new version. Another truly important scene I was sure I recalled from the original, again was MIA. That may be attributed to this being the movie version.

However that may be, this is still a great epic not to be missed, whether by first time readers or those who have read the original. Highly recommended!! A book to be read over and over!!

I gratefully received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.