Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

by Lewis Wallace

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ISBN-13: 9781729534403
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2018
Pages: 766
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.53(d)

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Ben-Hur (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I decided to read only well-written and important works during this Millenial Year. I picked up the 'Focus on the Family' publication of Ben Hur as I was exiting our library. I did not know I had just picked up the novel of my life. This book is suplative in every way-wonderful plot, incredible characterizations, historically accurate, and even life changing. General Lew Wallace wrote this incredible work in 1880, and I don't believe this novel could be written by today's writers. There are some of the most perfectly written sentences I have ever read, every line comparable to fine wine that must be sipped slowly for best effect rather than gulped like present-day works. It took me a full month of pleasure to finish this fine work. It can be enjoyed by Christian and non-Christian alike, and will cause those who believe to believe even stronger, while those unfamiliar or doubtful of the Good News of Christ will be quickened spiritually. This book is gigantic in scope and life changing in effect. By the way, I've never seen the movie, but I'm going to check it tonight>>>
Roger Beede More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from beginning to end! It is much better than the movie version!
ML100 More than 1 year ago
Reading the book has filled in the movie. I really appreciated the author's use of language and sentence structure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though the movie Ben Hur is good the book is even better
SANDYSZ More than 1 year ago
What can one say about a book that is a classic. (Nothing)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I loved the story, the description at some points seemed too heavy and I started skimming over certain parts. Also there are many errors in the text and it was very difficult to read. But overall a great story that I would recommend:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE BOOK IS FULL OF MISSPELLED WORDS AND WEIRD SYMBOLS THAT HAVE NO MEANING WHAT SO EVER.IT IS HARD TO GET THE FULL MEANING OF THE BOOK. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE READ THIS PARTICULAR BOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it a long time a go, but this time I appreciated it more. So beautiful!
MrTowler More than 1 year ago
I decided to read the book after having seen the 2016 movie version. That movie was very different from the 50's movie with Charlton Heston. About the only thing they had in common was the chariot race. But even they were in different countries. When I was about half way through reading the book, I ran into the Latin teacher at the town's high school. He asked me what I was reading. When I told him "Ben Hur" he cringed. I said, "I know." The book was a very slow, very wordy exercise in forcing myself to finish. It is hard to believe that it was the most popular novel in America from its publication to the release of "Gone With the Wind." It is not badly written. It is just a bit heavy-handed. My biggest problem with the book is the complete lack of believable characterization. The incredibly important character of Iras, the daughter of Balthasar, (yes, that Balthasar), is despicable but Ben Hur is in love with her and never sees how rotten she is. She invites him to a house for what I suppose Ben Hur supposed was an assignation. He goes there and two guys show up to assassinate him. He kills one of them and convinces the other one to let him go. But he never connects the assassination attempt with the woman who invited him and never showed up. There is also the issue of Ben Hur fighting for revenge against Messala and the Romans in general. Well, Messala is done about half way through the book and Ben Hur and Esther end up living in Ben Hur's Roman mansion outside of Rome. I guess he didn't hate Romans anymore. Then there are the two armies he forms to fight the Romans. Only 2 guys show up when he calls them, and he and the author pretty much forget about them for the rest of the book. After I finished reading the book, I watched both the 1925 silent with Roman Novarro and the Heston version. The best is the Heston version. The characterization and the story in this version are the best. The 1925 version is surprisingly good, but Iras is just as badly drawn as she is the book. She doesn't even show up in the Heston version. I do not regret having read this book. I have certainly read worse. But unless you have a great deal of time, I wouldn't recommend it. I must also say, that even though I am not a Christian, I was not bothered by the religious stuff at all. I just wish there had been less of it. The first 1/4 of the book is about the Magi. The book would have been just as good without that section.
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This is such a cool story. I do agree that it is slow though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Educative
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a free nook book. It's a "classic" so I figured, "why not?" This book is way beyond overly-descriptive. I found myself actually talking to my book, "I don't really care what the camels are wearing! Get on with it!" The main character of the story isn't even mentioned until page 62 of 435. It took me about 2-3 weeks of forcing myself to read this. If it had been written in 100 pages it probably would have been tolerable. Save yourself some time and watch the old movie version starring Charlton Heston.
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My friend's great great grandfather wrote this book.
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Cool!luved it!
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This is one case where the movie is better than the book. The book bogs down quite a bit in the middle and I found myself saying, "Just get on with it". Still a classic and I can at least say I read it, but the movie is a better, a more thrilling adaptation that stays true to the book.
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