Audrey's Reviews > Isaac and Ishmael: A Novel of Genesis

Isaac and Ishmael by Mary F. Burns
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Dec 19, 2014

really liked it

In this lyrical tale, Burns tells the story of the sons of Abraham--Isaac and Ishmael--who gave rise to the Jewish and Arab people. The book's language has a slightly Biblical cadence but the story itself examines the human motivations and feelings of the men and women who wandered the ancient desert. The language and subject matter give "Isaac and Ishmael" the feeling of magical realism. (If the Bible were written this way, perhaps I would actually have been able to complete my numerous attempts to read it.)

You'll enjoy this book if you like imagining the lives of those who lived long ago, who may or may not have been real figures but whose mythology has had a lasting effect on humanity.

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Reading Progress

December 12, 2014 – Started Reading
December 18, 2014 – Finished Reading
December 19, 2014 – Shelved

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