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The Lives of Rachel

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  275 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
A sequel to the Books of Rachel that follows five more Rachels through earlier turbulent times in history.

Each part takes place in a different era. Namely Judea, 168 B.C., Rome, 63 B.C., London, 488 B.C., the Byzantium empire in 756, and Mainz during the year 1096. Each Rachel is unique and has a different story to share; yet similar in her nobility, strength, spirit of
Paperback, 589 pages
Published December 3rd 1985 by Signet (first published 1984)
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Nov 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five Rachel's, from the same ancesters,down through history:
Judea, 168BC
Rome, 63BC
London, 488AD
Nicomedia(Turkey), 756 AD

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Apr 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: e-books, historicals
3 days and nights of complete waste!!!!!
How I read through the whole book I don't know. I was expecting something to come out but it never did.

Started last night (May 7th), very hard to follow the story. Don't really know if it's the way it is writen or all the biblical thing about Jews, Greeks, Catholic and Muslims. The more I think about it I guess it's both.
Will read a bit more maybe it will get easier.

It did not get better this was the author's way of telling a Jewish religious story.Very po
Apr 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this would be a nice story of the Jewish faith as told through the centuries. The history was interesting and it did seem that it could be enlightening to Jewish beliefs but I could not finish it because the sexual content was so graphic. One scene seemed to cover at least half a dozen pages, I kept flipping to try and get past it and it just continued on in the same vein. I understand the need to portray SOME of what happened but the length and attention to such a scene was unnecessar ...more
Margaret Klein
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I loved this book when I first read a "Readers' Copy" that I picked up at an American Booksellers Association many years ago. I love it again and maybe appreciate it more now that I have a degree in Jewish Studies. The history is fascinating and Gross makes it come alive as he traces one family from the Spanish Inquisition to modern times. In every generation there is a Rachel who is strong and courageous. However, in this reading, it seems that Gross ran out of steam towards the end. The last t ...more
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this as a loaner on Amazon Prime - loved it. I had read the Books of Rachel many, many years ago and always knew there was at least one other. Excellent storyline, continuity - may be fiction but shares a glimpse of how God's people have continued through the years through faith. Worth reading. I own the hardback copy of the Books of Rachel so will probably reread it as it has been a good 20 years. Yeah I keep books!
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had the potential to be a very good book.....there is some really neat Jewish history in it, but you have to drag yourself through all the violence, rape and torture of women to get to it. I didn't even finish the book, because the last section I read I had to skim the majority of to not be horrified. Not into this scene.
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a prequel to 'The Books of Rachel.' It was very slow moving and not as exciting as the first. In fact, it took me forever to finish this book. However, it was not a bad book - just not as good as the first one.
Aug 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely disappointed as I loved the Books of Rachel. Highly violent sexually and was not necessary to be that detailed in teh story line. Other flaws as well. Felt like reading it was a waste of time and I rarely feel that way about books.
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of history interesting lots of details of living life bc and ad
May 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I would like this, but way to slow I could not follow the plot
Laurie Weiss
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fascinating history of the Jewish people. A compelling read.
A chain of stories some intreging, most bad. It took me a long time to finish.
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The stories - tales of five Rachels in the same family, beginning in 168 BCE and ending with the Spanish Inquisition approaching, have interesting content. The prose is wooden and pedantic.
Janet Miller
Aug 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I didn't like it and in fact, quit reading it after I got about 1/4 of it read. I was really disappointed after reading The Books of Rachel which I loved.
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Joel's ten published novels include THE BOOKS OF RACHEL. His play, MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE COLOR OF FLESH, is published by Dramatists Play Service. His film script, MORTAL ARMOR: THE LEGEND OF GALAHAD, produced by Gale Anne Hurd, will be filmed in the UK next year. Joel has worked on films for Fox, Universal, Sony, and HBO. Joel has an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia Univers ...more
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