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Lilah (The Canaan Trilogy #3)

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,165 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Set in the magnificent culture of the Middle East more than four thousand years ago, Lilah is a rich and emotionally resonant story of faith, love, and courage.

Living in exile, Lilah is in love with Antinoes, a Persian warrior. They have known each other since they were children, and Antinoes dearly wants to make Lilah his wife. Yet Lilah does not feel she can marry withou
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Crown (first published 2003)
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Feb 17, 2012 Grace rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Absolute rubbish, I'm sorry to say. The writing obscured the plot and distorted the characters, which where little more than cookie cutouts to begin with. The books structure was awkward and meandering and it changed in tone abruptly. It's a shame too, I really wanted to like this piece of biblical fiction :/
Westminster Library
An interesting romance that takes place during Biblical times when some of the Jews were exiled to a town named Susa. The author passionately tells the love story of two main characters who are forbidden to be together by a family member due to religious differences. It’s a typical soap opera, drama, and saga. The main character Lilah tries to speak out for freedom and fairness but no one seems to listen to her. She continually chooses the dutiful family path which never shows her any respect or ...more
Rosie Hartzler
I listened to the audio version of this book and found it riveting. At times I was uncomfortable with the ongoing "relationship" between brother and sister - and found myself challenged by their dynamics.

However, the most riveting and compelling part of the book focused on the role of the Persian empire ( all the way to the Queen) and its power over the common person - absolute dictator like control over who one marries, and ones very existence...sounds a bit too much like the type of control I
Jonathan Brantley
I came upon Marek Halter's Canaan Trilogy by pure happenstance. I read it out of order (Zipporah, then Sarah and Lilah), but found they had no concrete ties to one another. I loved the idea of being able to showcase a series of books that encompassed almost 1600 years, starting with Sarah (which was placed around 2075 BCE) to Lilah (which is set in around 550 BCE).

Sarah was rich and beautiful tale, and Zipporah was a enriching treat. Lilah however misses the mark. One of my major issues is that

For all of my snark on religion in books and film, I genuinely enjoy portrayals of biblical women, and I still count The Red Tent as one of my favorite books.

Lilah, though, was a challenge for me. The whole book felt like three strange short stories that were spliced together to form one sliver of a novel.

The first part centers on Lilah, a Jewess, after her lover,Antinoes, a Persian warrior, returns from war. Their reunion is a passionate one, with Antinoes going on and on about how angry he was
Mar 01, 2009 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-on-tape, 2009
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Apr 14, 2016 Ele rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 07, 2015 Charlène rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En conclusion, le troisième tome de La Bible au féminin m’aura aussi apporté un éclairage que je ne regrette pas, bien que Lilah m’ait moins embarquée que Sarah et Tsippora. Son histoire et ses sacrifices sont intéressants à suivre, ils se dévorent sans qu’on s’en rende vraiment compte, la psychologie des personnages est bien développée, on en apprend sur le contexte et sur la nature humaine, ainsi que sur les considérations religieuses de l’époque. C’est dur, mais c’est beau…
Ce sera donc un 16
Nov 11, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting story based on some of the charactes in the Book of Ezra, I don't know if he had a sister but the story line with the most impact for me was when this sister Lilah followed the women who were banned from Jerusalam along with their children who were married to Jewish men. They were left to take care of themselves without resources which was available to the at first by their husbands and friends and then that stopped putting them at the mercy of men outside of the safety of th ...more
Ashley Cooprider
Jun 17, 2015 Ashley Cooprider rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book written about the prophet Ezra, through the eyes of his sister, Lilah. It is a form of midrash, a Jewish word when traditional biblical stories are retold through the woman's perspective. If you're a fan of the bible, and don't mind a little "twist" in the story, this book is for you. If you're not a big fan of the bible, but enjoy historical fiction, you will also enjoy this book. If you're a fan of the bible, and think a "twist" in the story would be offensive, then I do n ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Alpha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Lilah is the final book in the Canaan Trilogy by Marek Halter and though it is a good book on its own, it probably will not be good compared to the other books in the series. Halter decided to write a trilogy in which are based off of women who are very important in the Bible but not so prominent like Ruth or Esther. These women are strong and play a vital role in the prominent person they represent and Halter wrote these novels as their side of the story.

With Lilah, the story is pretty strong
May 24, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction
This is my least favorite book in the trilogy, probably because I was not as familiar with the story of Ezra and Lilah as I was with Abraham and Moses. But this book is enjoyable because of the diversity of the characters that evoke emotion. Lilah is strong, proud, and full of love, like Sarah and Zipporah. However, we have a wider range of characters. Some are easy to root for, like Ezra's mentor, his servant, and Lilah's lover. And others are easy to despise, like the Queen, and even Ezra hims ...more
Jan 06, 2016 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical, eastern, jewish
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I have read Halter's 1st book of the Canaan Trilogy, Sarah and enjoyed it quite a bit. However, I would not recommend this installment to anyone. Even though I try to read the Bible nightly, I was unfamiliar with the story of Lilah. It happens that Ezra (her brother) is 4 books away from where I am now. From scanning the book of Ezra and doing a little bit of research, I discovered that Lilah is not mentioned in the Bible. So, it appears that the novel is very freely/loosely based on a book of t ...more
this story is one that will stick with you, making you question things of love, loyalty, family, tolerance. i'd actually never heard of lilah before and the only reason i even picked the book up is because it is the final chapter to marek halter's women of canaan series. but i'm thoroughly glad that i did.

i love diving headfirst into past cultures and this depiction of the persian empire made me want to learn more. i'm glad that there was a balance of multi-dimensioned persian characters along w
Oh Lilah, such tragic destiny!
Yet such courage and determination. Again there is a lot of the imagination of the author here, but there is also the essence of a woman who fought the only way she could against injustice and prejudice.
Jun 17, 2009 kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I was disappointed in this book. I read Sarah, and thought it was great. Zipporah was almost as good....this was not nearly as good. If you have read the other 2, you will probably want to read this, but if not....don't bother.

The story is loosely based on the book of Ezra. I'm not sure Lilah is actually mentioned in the Bible, and I can't find her. The book started out very slowly, got interesting enough to continue about halfway through, but had a sudden and horrible ending. Very
Nov 09, 2012 Roxie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up not quite knowing what to expect from it-- normally I'm not the biggest fan of books based on biblical stories. But I fell absolutely in love with Lilah's story. The relationships between Lilah, Ezra and Antinoes are very well developed; each felt like a fully fleshed-out character who could believably exist. The decisions each character makes throughout the narrative are engaging and at times heartbreaking; I couldn't put this book down. The ending, when it came, left me a ...more
Elisha (lishie)
I was not as keen on this last installment of Halter's Canaan as I was with the first two. I am not sure if it is because I am tired of reading about women sacrificing everything for their God or what. Nice, right, on Chanukah, near Christmas? I am religious but... Do not get me wrong; I highly admire the women in this series, including Lilah but it leaves me feeling sad for them too. For their mental well being, love-wise. And with Lilah, I did not feel the "love" she had for Antinoes as much a ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
I came home from my last trip to the library with an armful of books based on Bible stories. I guess because it was close to Easter. This one was okay. I read the first book in the trilogy but I missed the second one. I don't think it mattered though; they're all about different women in the Old Testament. I didn't relate to Lilah very well and the ending left me outraged. I don't remember the lesser-known Old Testament stories very well, but did that really happen? I'm going to have to look it ...more
Pam Brown
This is the story of Ezra's sister and the events leading up to and included in the book of Ezra in the bible. I was disappointed to look up Lilah after reading the book and find out there was no such person mentioned in the bible. Still, she could've existed, and her inner turmoil could've been as complex and painful as it was in this book. Certainly when I read the book of Ezra in the bible I imagine the pain his work caused. Personally, I don't think Ezra would've spared his own sister if he ...more
Mohammed Aql
The third book in the biblical Saga, @La bible au féminin". A huge success for this wonderful author. I would recommend all his books.
Mike P
Jan 15, 2016 Mike P rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story starts slow and goes nowhere. Even if you are interested in mideast history, this story doesn't add much.
Monica S.
another reminder, of the sad plight of intelligent and wise woman in the company of foolish men.
Jun 23, 2014 Carol rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing book from a generally enjoyable and good writer. This just falls short - way short.
Apr 15, 2014 Shelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast pace and exciting novel. will read more in the series.
Aug 11, 2014 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to finally complete this trilogy. Unfortunately, this book was my least favorite in the series. The writing seemed very elementary and somewhat choppy at times, and I just had trouble fully engaging in this one.
Mar 29, 2015 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting series ... look forward to more of his work
Jun 09, 2008 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 22, 2014 Meaghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i much preferred the previous two novels in this trilogy but i enjoyed this one as well. i didnt feel as connected to the characters this go round.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Canaan Trilogy (3 books)
  • Sarah (Canaan, #1)
  • Zipporah, Wife of Moses (Canaan, #2)

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