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Sarah Sarah Sarah (The Canaan Trilogy #1)

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The first novel in a dazzling new trilogy about the women of the Old Testament by internationally bestselling author Marek Halter.
The story of Sarah--and of history itself--begins in the cradleof civilization: the Sumerian city-state of Ur, a land of desert heat, towering gardens, and immense wealth. The daughter of a powerful lord, Sarah is raised in great luxury, but ba
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Published May 4th 2004 by Crown Publishing Group (NY) (first published January 1st 2003)
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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
Apr 25, 2011 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 16, 2008 Eh?Eh! rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: babble-added
this book is rather heinous. an intriguing take on the positions&beliefs of the characters but made ridiculous.
Oct 08, 2008 Tessha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2007 Ellis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 21, 2014 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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.
Sep 25, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rose Ann
Jan 11, 2010 Rose Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
If you read and liked The Red 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
Sep 01, 2010 Ann Keller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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
Nov 27, 2013 Josephine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2010 Serena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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,
May 04, 2012 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Gautama Siddartha
Loved this story. A woman with such beauty who was Muslim marries a man who is not and becomes the mother of all nations. She ends up with a pharaoh who gives her back because of nightmares...For some reason Moses agrees with this and she is cursed with this beauty until the one who creates lets her conceive...She then becomes the mother of all nations...

Feb 03, 2009 Taylor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, historical
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.
Monica S.
great story...a bit farfetched, but then again, its the bible (no offense) but not everything has to make sense or have logic :)
Jun 17, 2015 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Myeh. This version of Sarah is more like a seedy romance novel. The cover compares it to The Red Tent. Not even close.
Dec 28, 2015 Lilly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic-fiction
I enjoyed the characters of this book and the explanation of how Sarah and Abraham met and why she was unable to conceive for so long. As an agnostic I also felt that the religious aspects of the story were more historical rather than theological. The story gives realistic meat to a familiar but brief Bible story. I also felt that the author gave an accurate portrayal of how Sarah must have felt when dealing with her infertility and her husband having a child with her handmaid. I would have give ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah by Marek Halter

After reading this for the second time (the first being in 2008 when I just commenced on a 4-year study of the Bible and Marek Halter's writings were recommended) I think I enjoyed it even more than the first time through.

I do appreciate how nothing in Halter's work contradicts the inspired writing of scripture, but just allows a 'story' to fill in the gaps of what we might imagine was the 'life' of the character in question.

My first time through I was not so familiar with t
Jun 14, 2015 Weina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read the Red Tent and loved it, so when I picked out this book, I was curious.

The language of the book is delicate as the milk that flow in the Pharaoh's pool and timeless as Sarai's enthralling beauty. Many memorable lines lights up the ancient mind of Sarai and highlights the author's keen observation. The plots moves along with grace and right amount of suspense. It kept my attention.

My only regret, however, is I do not care for Sarai when she first appears. Why all the fuss about the bl
Pam Brown
Really just an okay book, except one fascinating idea that had never occurred to me. Maybe now I can see how Sarai's marriage survived after her husband pimped her out twice. Maybe it wasn't as big a deal to her as it would be in modern America.

Sarah apparently grew up in a culture that included temple prostitutes. Not only was the practice not considered disgraceful but it was even an honor to be chosen to serve in that manner. Sarah might not have been a temple prostitute, or even considered f
When I first read the O.T. I did not like Abraham for where the church had found a cunning nature I found only weakness. I thought that reading this book might change my opinion of the man since the author wrote it by his wife's perspective and it was obvious that she had forgiven him so why shouldn't I who never even met the guy?
Nope... if possible it made me dislike him even more.
We'll I am only human...I can't really like someone who offered his wife to another man to save his own skin, even
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
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
Oct 25, 2014 Joanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unreadable
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
Apr 21, 2015 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What an incredible story! The trials, rites of passage, weddings and rituals that women went through during this period of history were incredible and over the top! I am so thankful that I live in the 21st century! I was enamored with this story and also disgusted by some of the ridicule and customs put upon women. I enjoy the celebrations of weddings in this time but also found some of the details of the ceremonies uncomfortable and very unusual. I was intrigued by the storyline and empath ...more
Jackie Morgan
Jan 25, 2015 Jackie Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a reader who enjoys Christian biblical fiction I found this book really good. One has to remind themselves that it IS fiction and to not read into the filler of the story as truth. Having said that, it is entertaining, a strong love story and sticks true to Abram's and Sarai's faith in God. The details and the authors ability to make you feel as if you are there is amazing! If you are a reader who likes to dive into a story this is a book for you. There are many biblical pieces that are broug ...more
Jul 30, 2015 Charlène rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En conclusion, je dois dire que ce roman est une excellente découverte et que j’ai hâte d’enchaîner avec la suite ainsi que les deux autres romans de cet auteur. J’ai découvert un pan de l’histoire biblique à travers les yeux de Sarah, une héroïne pleine de sentiments (qu’ils soient bénéfiques ou néfastes), courageuse mais tellement faible aussi, j’en aurai appris plus tout en me laissant transporter par ce récit qui aura été presque addictif. Très accessible, avec une plume agréable et surpren
Feb 15, 2016 Jerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I appreciate the author's intent of bringing Sarai/Sarah to life, I felt the narration could have been done better, especially the birth and life of Isaac, and some of the sexual details bordered on pornographic. When it comes to novels based on the Bible, I think I'll stick to ones from Christian publishers.
Peggy Walt
I really really wanted to like this book: great subject, interesting sounding author who survived the Warsaw Ghetto, andI love historical fiction and Sarah is a fascinating personage. But I have to say it didn't do it for me. It felt like the second half of the book had been shortened and the central story of the Akedah seemed rushed. A few things may be Midrashic, e.g. Halter's plot device of Sarah making herself barren - not sure I've heard any other references to this, so if he invented it, I ...more
Nenette87 Piccolanay
J'ai passé un bon week-end en compagnie de Marek Halter et de Saraï. C'était une très belle surprise. J'ai découvert avec Marek Halter une partie de la Bible, puisque n'y connaissant rien, j'ai tout à découvrir!
Et ce fut très agréable. L'auteur a le don de raconter l'histoire de cette femme au destin incroyable en la transposant dans la réalité d'aujourd'hui : je pense notamment à la stérilité dont fait l'objet notre héroïne.
On retrouve évidemment également les grands thèmes intemporels : l'amou
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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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