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Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther

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Esther

I have always loved the story of Esther and this book gave so much more than the average Bible lesson. My only dissapointment was at the end when the author leaves a note to readers informing them that only some of the events are true and that she does not want to tell ...
I have always loved the story of Esther and this book gave so much more than the average Bible lesson. My only dissapointment was at the end when the author leaves a note to readers informing them that only some of the events are true and that she does not want to tell us what isn't. I have no problem adding fiction to enhance a story, but it would have been nice to know what are the solid facts about Queen Esther.

posted by LyssaD on January 12, 2009

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CHOSEN FALLS SHORT OF THE GILDED CHAMBER

Garrett is a good writer of prose, and a vivacious woman whose work you want to like. Unfortunately with Chosen, there are too many glaring factors that detract from her work.

While the premise of Esther's lost diaries coming to light is a very creative approach, ce...
Garrett is a good writer of prose, and a vivacious woman whose work you want to like. Unfortunately with Chosen, there are too many glaring factors that detract from her work.

While the premise of Esther's lost diaries coming to light is a very creative approach, certain aspects of the book are head-scratchers: the dating system given before each chapter (off by many years from the Jewish calendar dates); the early and gratuitous depictions of Jews as money-grubby; the inaccurate reference to Persia as being under the Arabian sun; the strange use of the Persian name Cyrus for a Jewish character; the anachronistic mention of Jesus Christ; the highly diverting footnotes referring to Adolf Hitler and George W. Bush; and the very confused and confusing mesh of historical and invented news items that serve as front matter and an appendix to the novel, to name but a few. There is also the immediate anachronism on the cover picture for the 2010 David C. Cook edition depicting Islamic architecture for a story set 1100 years before Islam reached Persia - not a great start (the earlier NavPress edition's cover was better).

The main problem, however, is that the book comes after The Gilded Chamber, a novel of which Chosen is highly derivative. Reading these back-to-back gives one the impression of plot plagiarism, in terms of what was added by each writer to the Biblical Scroll of Esther.

Ostensibly, the only plausible reason to have written this work would be to Christianize it, portraying Esther as just another Jewish harbinger foreshadowing the supreme story of Christ, as certain evangelical (and other) Christians are wont to do. This fact looms large over the entire read and dooms the oeuvre from the outset, despite Garrett's prosaic talents.

Ultimately, Chosen by Ginger Garrett has certain things going for it, and has a more YA fiction feel to it, but remains largely unnecessary as a subject matter in the wake of an earlier and better work: Rebecca Kohn's The Gilded Chamber.

posted by ProfessorChristopher on December 18, 2010

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