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Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
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Aug 05, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 2008

Both a historical and allegorical novel, Lew Wallace combines a thoroughly Christian viewpoint with wonderful storytelling to present a truly great read. The characters are archetypes, larger than life and extremely sympathetic; the setting is grand and sweeping as befits a religious epic; the action is exciting and intriguing. The writing reveals a poignant attachment to the legal and military glory of pax romana while at the same time rejecting it's brutality in favor of a more humble and loving world of 'pax christi.' In this sense it is an intellectual book on top of being a great story. Very much an American literary classic, and every bit as good as Quo Vadis or The Brothers Karamazov (or nearly so on the latter).
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