Moses Unchained

Moses Unchained

by Marilyn F. Moriarty


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Moses Unchained is the moving true story of a modern outlaw’s struggle with faith, betrayal, and the accidental nature of life. Zack Rosen was a simple man, but one with many contrasts. An urban Jew from New Jersey who moved south and converted to fundamentalist Christianity, he was not a philosopher or theologian but a man’s man, a tattooed truck driver who built a classic Harley-Davidson from spare parts. Zack met and married Shelley, another converted Jew, but their happiness was brief. Secrets from Shelley’s past came back to haunt them, and her sudden death from pneumon/ia revealed that she had AIDS and she had given the virus to Zack.

Suddenly faced with the loss of his family, his job, his income, and eventually, his own life, Zack became an itinerant evangelist. He introduced himself to author Marilyn F. Moriarty in 1993 with the words, “I got an honorable testimony.” She listened to this story and became his friend and caregiver. At his request, she has told his story here.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820339962
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Series: Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction Series , #18
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

MARILYN F. MORIARITY is a professor of English at Hollins University. She is coeditor of Critical Architecture and Contemporary Culture and author of Writing Science through Critical Thinking. Her fiction and creative nonfiction has been published in Faultline, Mondo Greco, Nimrod, Peregrine, Phoebe, Quarterly West, Thema, and the Kenyon Review.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that grabs the reader by the throat. It can also confuse the reader a little. The protagonist, "Zack Rosen", was a classic bundle of contradictions. It's hard not to like Zack. He has some rough edges, but many of us do. His lack of guile is touching. It does, however, let his inconsistancies shine fort more starkly. For instance, at one point Zack sais he never drank or smoked. Yet in his account of first meeting a his future room mate, he mentions drinking a six-pack. One can only assume it's not a soft drink. He also mentions smoking pot when his AIDS is advanced. Zack mentions his ability to withstand sexual temptation when he visits a roadside house of prostitution with a fellow trucker, yet describes in detail some illicit sexual encounters with one of his female doctors. He also goes to some length to describe himself as a "Leviticus Jew" and a direct descendant of Moses. He never gives any evidence of how he could possibly know this. In other words, Zack had the same human weaknesses and contradictions as the rest of us. His are more visible because they have been recorded in a very interesting and touching account of his life.