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Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice brings us a novel about the early years of CHRIST THE LORD, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.
The book’s power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of Jesus who tells the story.
Praise for CHRIST THE LORD OUT OF EGYPT:
“Asking herself an urgent question--not “what would Jesus do?” but “what made Jesus who he was?”--Anne Rice envisioned a pious Jewish boy who was deeply moved by nature, horrified by human cruelty, and haunted by intimations of his own divinity. Meticulously reconstructing the family and culture that nurtured young Yeshua, Rice has written a poignant coming-of-age novel that is also an article of faith.”
--Cathleen Medwick, author of TERESA OF AVILA
“Riveting....Rice's book is a triumph of tone--her prose lean, lyrical, vivid--and character. As he ponders his staggering responsibility, the boy is fully believable--and yet there's something in his supernatural empathy and blazing intelligence that conveys the wondrousness of a boy like no other....With this novel, she has indeed found a convincing version of him; this is fiction that transcends story and instead qualifies as an act of faith. Joins Nikos Kazantzakis's THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST and Endo's A LIFE OF JESUS as one of the bolder re-tellings.”