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Sarah (The Canaan Trilogy #1)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  7,011 ratings  ·  326 reviews
Sarah was born into a world of great luxury in the Sumerian city-state of Ur, the birthplace of writing, currency, government, and law. The daughter of a powerful lord, she has inherited her father's strong will and she balks at the marriage he has arranged for her. During the festivities leading up to the wedding, she panics and flees - slipping through the ramparts of Ur ...more
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Manny
The Book of Marek

1. Now in those days there dwelled in the land of the France'ites a man named Ma'rek, who was a prophet of the Lord.

2. And Ma'rek had suffered much for his faith and undergone many trials. And he had seen how strange are the Lord's ways.

3. Now Ma'rek had need of gold. And he prayed to the Lord, saying, show me how I might get me riches, that I may further exalt Thy name.

4. Then that night an angel came to Ma'rek in a dream. And the angel said, write thou a history of Abraham's w
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Eh?Eh!
this book is rather heinous. an intriguing take on the positions&beliefs of the characters but made ridiculous.
Leah
I have two ladies in my reading group to thank for this read. I remember Rebecca and Robyn saying how much they enjoyed The Red Tent, and as I browsed the book shelves at the local thrift store, I pulled the book Sarah because of its title, took a second look at it because one reviewer mentioned its likeness to The Red Tent, and thought a fictional narrative about the life of Sarah (and Abraham) would be interesting, to say the least.

Before, during and after my reading of Sarah, I read the bibli
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Ellis
Another work of Biblically inspired works. Provides a neat perspective of Sarai (before she becomes Sarah). A good look at ancient Mesopotamian culture. Illustrates well the romance between Sarah and Abraham and how it grew from when they were Sarai and Abram into their old age and the miracle birth of their first child. Books of this sort make Biblical stories more personal and relatable.
Debbie
"Youth knows nothing of time, old age knows nothing but time. When you're young, you play hide-and-seek with the shade. When you're old, you seek out the warmth of the sun. But the shade is always there, while the sun is fleeting. It rises, crosses the sky, and disappears, and we wait impatiently for its return. These days, I love time as much as I love Isaac, the son I waited so long to see." Sarah

So is the moral of life... according to Sarah wife of Abraham who was once Sarai taken by Abram w
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Tessha
Mr. Halter takes extensive creataive liberties with sacred historical figures. I do prefer Orson Scott Cards version better - Women of Genesis series with a book also titled Sarah - mainly because those books are less sexual and likely closer to actual events.

This version is well written and easy to read. Sarai's emotions are strong pulling you into the center of her heart. Halter creates a childhood for her with no historical connection but is interesting. Much of the first part of the book fo
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Barbara
SARAH is one of three novels (The Canaan Trilogy) presented as a series, using women of the Old Testament as the central characters in each one. Of the three women, the person of Sarah is by far the most well known to people. This novel imagines Sarah as a young girl born of privilege in Ur, a Sumerian city-state. She is destined for an arranged marriage. As the reader would expect, she rebels against this destiny and consequently finds herself on a far-different path from that of obedient wife, ...more
Judy
The author's personal beliefs certainly influences his writing. Comparing the Red Tent, Sarah by Orson Scott Card and this book and can tell how the author's personal beliefs influenced the way they told the story. I thought the Red Tent and this book had a lot of interesting details about culture and customs; but I liked personality traits that Card gave to the characters best.
Rose Ann
If you read and liked The Red Tent...you will like this as well.
I read it in a handful of days.
Cant wait to read Zipporah...the second of this trilogy!
My thought to follow shortly...
Ann Keller
Sarai was born to one of the great lords of Ur. Hers was a life filled with wealth and beauty until the fateful day when she became a woman. Suddenly, she was expected to marry a man she’d never met and serve him as a virtual slave, his every whim her command. It was not to be borne!

Sarai flees her father’s house and plunges into the countryside, where she stumbles across Abram, a simple man to whom she is strangely drawn. Although Sarai is caught and returned to her father, she takes a concocti
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Jo
This book brings the Bible story of Abram and Sarah to life! Although a work of fiction it has all the necessary facts taken from the Bible story that we all know and simply makes the different characters seem real, like seeing them in three dimentions where before they were in two. Mr. Halter has such an empathy with the female side of Sarah, he shows her courage but also her fears and vulnerability. We see what it was like to be a woman in the time of Abram, someone to be used as a piece of me ...more
Serena
From the historical standpoint of this book, I loved it. I loved the scenarios Mr. Halter put out to explain the Bible stories, and I loved the way he described the cities of Ur, the palace of the Pharoah, and the lands of Canaan and Hebron. I thought the characteristics of Sarai/Sarah were really well done, and I loved the personality she was given.

However the book was slightly too sexual for my taste. I realize that this was part of statement being made that Bible is not a pure and holy book,
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Carrie
Oh, I SO wanted this book to be good. I really, really did. And it really, really wasn't. One of the issues I have with this book is a minor one, but it really sticks in my craw: the map at the front of the book showing the "Flight From Ur" doesn't match the description of the trek that Abram and Sarai took after leaving Terah. Also, the word "flight" implies urgency and danger. I would think that after 15 or so years, the urgency would have faded a bit. . .

For better entertainment than thus bo
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Joanie
I was assured from several sources that if I enjoyed The Red Tent, I would enjoy Sarah. No two books could be further apart in their value. The Red Tent is a fascinating, nuanced, well researched tale that gives voice and agency to women who are only glanced over in the Bible. Sarah is a bland, generically romantic story that bears no resemblance to any characters or cultures from the Bible. I don't normally set books aside, but by page 156, it became apparent that Halter was going to reduce Sar ...more
Taylor
An interesting look into Sumerian and early Biblical history, and compelling enough that I kept reading even though it felt lacking. The characters weren't as well developed as I wanted them to be and I felt like it was a book hastily written. Good airplane reading.
Jess
This is like 3.5 stars rounded up.

I rounded up because this was a fun read and easy to get through. I enjoyed the historical aspect of it, but I am in no way knowledgeable about ancient Mesopotamian history or culture so I have no idea whether or not this is historically or culturally accurate or well-researched. This is probably why I enjoyed this novel as much as I did, as I didn't need to nitpick for accuracy.

I have to admit, I am a sucker for fictional reinterpretations of history and histor
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m.allen
I already loved the Biblical story of Sarah so I assumed that I would enjoy this book just from that. But I didn’t expect just how much I would love it! I think the thing that I enjoyed the most was that Abraham knew that Sarah was infertile when he married her and it didn’t change how much he loved her. I think the author did a very good job showing that if you put your trust and faith in God then He will give you what you want. Throughout the book, Sarah refers to God as ‘Abraham’s God’ and sh ...more
Jan
"Marek Halter's Canaan Trilogy is one of the best trilogies I have read in a long time to what I have read so far. I only read two of the three books in which I still need to read Lilith. Sarah however started this trilogy and also started the story-telling view of stories in the Bible. Instead of just being a parable or a verse out of the Bible, Halter actually made a fully typed and entertaining story out of a gospel or a part of the gospel. What I do know about Sarah is that he started this t ...more
Julie
I don't typically write reviews to compare one book to another, but since so many have already said, "If you loved The Red Tent, you'll enjoy Halter's Canaan Trilogy." I'm not disagreeing with that statement, but Sarah lacks the emotional depth and heart of Diamant's epic.

We meet Sarai as a child on the brink of womanhood, and the first half of the book observes her luxurious life in the city of Ur and her first encounter with Abram. The second half deals with her marriage to Abram, his develop
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L.M. Ironside
There's just no way to write an honest and thorough review of this book without a heap of spoilers, so look away now if you want to avoid them.

My rating of this book really surprised me.

Up until halfway through I felt sure this would be a four-star book. Instead, it ended up a weak three stars, leaning heavily toward 2. It's a vivid historical novel with exactly the right amount of detail, and the prose is quality. For the first half, the characters are complex and believable. Then we get to Egy
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Jeanette
Dec 09, 2010 Jeanette rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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Fabien
C'est Saraï qui ouvre le triptyque de "La Bible au féminin" de Marek Halter. Le principe, un peu comme dans "Marie" est de faire d'une des femmes de la Bible, le personnage principal d'un livre, alors que celles-ci n'ont qu'une place très secondaire dans le livre saint.

Voici donc l'histoire de Saraï, fille d'une famille très influente, qui va choisir malgré toutes les barrières de devenir la femme d'Abraham, un homme d'une caste inférieur et partisan d'un dieu unique. Et évidemment son histoire
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skein
Surprisingly feminist, surprisingly human, surprisingly graceful reiteration of the Biblical story of Sarah & Abraham. I say 'surprisingly' because it's easy enough to reimagine historical women as embodying a "you go, grrl!" spirit, but much harder to do so convincingly, and within the context of Old Testament life. Halter says: the choices this woman Sarah made are the choices of any modern woman. When & if to have chilren; when & whom to marry; questions about the validity of god, ...more
Leah
Ok, so I liked this book better than Pilate's Wife, BUT, it smacked way too much of The Red Tent vibe. There was lots of talking about "bridal blood" and women's menstrual processes. Seriously? Can't we just have a decent biblical historical novel without all the female blood?!

The story itself is actually decent, although many liberties are taken with the actual story from scripture. Sarai is a beauty who becomes a priestess who is then rescued from the temple by Abram and his brother before an
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Ana
Nov 13, 2011 Ana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephanie Dray
"Sarah" is the story of Abraham and his nation, told through the eyes of Sarah, his wife.

Sarai, a Sumerian princess from the land of Ur, refuses to settle for the life everyone expects her to live. She decides to abandon all the luxuries she's ever known in order to be the wife of the "mar.Tu" Abram. Sarai can't get pregnant because of some magic herbs she took as a child. Abram's god has promised them children and a nation. But how can that be if she's a barren woman? Only a miracle will do...
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Cas
Halter has tackled a time about which known history is very vague. He has done a reasonable job of filling in the gaps around the Bible story in order to build a fictional tale around Sarah and Abraham, helped by the fact that some of this story takes place before she was Abraham's wife, so Halter has been able to fictionalise the beginning of her life. As long as you do not expect this to be a work of robust historical insight, then you will not be too disappointed. I do think that if you have ...more
L.
I love reading what people imagine into people from the Bible. This one certainly goes down a path I never ever would have expected. In Halter’s mind, Sarai is of wealthy birth of a court family in Ur. She is supposed to marry as soon as she begins menstruating, but out of fear she runs away, meets a foreigner named Abram in the swamps around the city and then takes poison that nearly kills her and makes her barren. So instead of married life, she enters the life of a fertility priestess…?? Yes. ...more
Sarah
Book One of the Canaan Trilogy tells the story of Abraham's wife (yes, the one from the Bible), enjoying the freedom of fiction to paint a more vivid character than that left by the Bible story focusing on her husband.

While the book does not strictly follow every word of biblical detail, that's partly because the first half of the story takes place before Sarai is mentioned in the Bible. As the biblical part of her story is picked up, Halter seems to falter in incorporating the ancient text into
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Molly
It's been a long while since I read The Red Tent, which I adored, so I will not compare it; I was a different reader then, and perhaps these two would be equivalent for present day readerly whims.

This novelization of the biblical story of Sarah and Abraham started off strong with a leading character who refused one path and found herself escaping into a new life. Unfortunately, Sarah's happiness became too dependent upon Abraham's attitude towards his never-aging, beautiful wife (a characteristi
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Natalie
Interesting fictionalized version of the bible story of Sarai/Sarah. I wonder if she really could have been Sumerian? I read a commentary about how if she was Sumerian her ability to read and write would have helped abram to be able to record his experiences. It's hard to really know with these old bible stories. There is a lot of theory and guessing as to what life was like. At any rate, we definitely need more stories of the women from history!
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Marek Halter was born in Poland in 1936. During World War II, he and his parents narrowly escaped from the Warsaw ghetto. After a time in Russia and Uzbekistan, they emigrated to France in 1950. There Halter studied pantomime with Marcel Marceau and embarked on a career as a painter that led to several international exhibitions. In 1967, he founded the International Committee for a Negotiated Peac ...more
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