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Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
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Jul 26, 2011

really liked it

I think Lew Wallace would agree with me that the Charlton Heston movie is better. But still, this is a really great book. It's same story albeit with a broader context than the MGM version: While both chronicle the lives of Ben Hur and Jesus, born at the same time, in close proximity, the novel gives us way more family history (Judah Ben Hur/Jesus Ben Joseph) and comparison of the two lives than the movie. But it's all really interesting stuff. What I found most impressive is that that Wallace, who is clearly a religious Christian, and was writing at the end of the 19th century, avoids regurgitating the New Testament and instead writes a fact and history-filled adventure story. No wonder this book outsold "Uncle Tom's Cabin"! So, four stars for this book and I'll probably read it again. (But five stars for the movie, and I'll definitely keep watching it every year.)
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