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Posted April 29, 2003
Laughter and Fear
I had read the biblical accounts of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob several times, but when I read The Son of Laughter, I entered into their experiences for the first time. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ceased to be flannel-graph characters to me. In this novel, Buechner transforms them into complex people with real fears, faults, doubts and faith. Also, my experience of God changed as I interacted with the story. Thanks to The Son of Laughter, God is no longer comfortable and non-threatening in my life. Now I know God as The Fear who consistently intervenes and interferes with the life He gave me.
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Posted April 2, 2004
An engaging version of the Jacob story
I would recommend this for anyone interested in sophisticated retellings of Bible stories. The writing is quite fine, and Buechner seems to have done his research about the ancient world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2010
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