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Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
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Jul 15, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics
Read in July, 2004

INCREDIBLE! I found this book to be on the same par as Les Miserables. The story begins with the birth of the Christ Child and a detailed depiction of the journey of the Three Wise Men (what could have happened), and ends with the Crucifixion of Jesus. In between these two world changing events is the story of a man (Ben Hur) from a wealthy family who is deeply betrayed by a Roman friend. He ends up in the bowels of a ship as an oarsman – a grueling job. Ben Hur’s life journey is described in gripping and transparent detail. Ultimately, he is forced to choose revenge or forgiveness. And then, with the reappearance of the Christ – no longer a child – now a man, Ben Hur must come to terms with the fact that Jesus has not come as a political deliverer… the rest you must read on your own. I highly recommend this novel! I have to admit, in 2004, I did read the abridged version - but it's still 500 pages!
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Carol I thought Les Miserables too! Les Mis is my NUMBER ONE book, and I am considering Ben-Hur might be NUMBER TWO!

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