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    Carol Mcd. Wallace(Author)

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As one of the bestselling stories of all time, Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ has captivated and enthralled millions around the world--both in print and on the big screen. Now Lew's great-great-granddaughter has taken the old-fashioned prose of this classic novel and breathed new life into it for today's audience.

Coming to theaters in August 2016 as Ben-Hur, a major motion picture from MGM and Paramount studios, the story follows Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman whose childhood friend Messala betrays him. Accused of trying to murder the new Roman governor in Jerusalem, Judah is sentenced to the galley ships and vows to seek revenge against the Romans and Messala. But a chance encounter with a carpenter from Nazareth sets Judah on a different path.

Rediscover the intrigue, romance, and tragedy in this thrilling adventure.

Also included: the inspiring story-behind-the-story of Lew Wallace--Indiana lawyer, author, and Civil War general; and nearly 150 images, including color images from the 2016 motion picture, black-and-white images from earlier films, and other images of historical interest.

When Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince alive during Jesus Christ's lifetime, is wrongly accused of attempting to assassinate the Roman governor of Jerusalem by his childhood friend Messala, the Romans enslave him and capture his mother and sister. While working in the galley of a battleship, Ben-Hur saves the life of a Roman tribune, Arrius, who decides to adopt the former prince, change his name to Young Arrius, take him to Rome, and train the boy in the Roman ways, including the popular sport of chariot racing. While searching for what may have happened to his family, Ben-Hur takes advantage of an opportunity to challenge Messala to a chariot race. After establishing himself as a fierce competitor, Ben-Hur is persuaded to train an army that will support the rightful king of the Jews--who some believe to be a man from Nazareth. Unbeknownst to Ben-Hur, the true savior has different plans. Wallace (To Marry an English Lord)--the great-great-granddaughter of the author of the original Ben-Hur, Lew Wallace--has done a fine job of revising the text for modern readers. The narrative assumes some Biblical knowledge, as Ben-Hur comes into contact with characters from well-known Bible stories, including a wise man and Jesus himself. Patches of awkward dialogue contrast the lyrical, cinematic descriptions of Ben-Hur's struggles and triumphs. The epic novel, spanning about 12 years of Ben-Hur's life, will be relished not only by fans of Christian fiction, but any reader who craves historical accounts of high adventure, action, and drama.--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 450 pages
  • Carol Mcd. Wallace(Author)
  • Tyndale House Publishers Inc; Collector's ed. edition (19 July 2016)
  • English
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  • Fiction

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  • By Nemo on 12 October 2016

    There have been quite a few re-takes of the Ben-Hur story over the years - The Quest of Ben Hur (1981 by Karl Tunberg & Owen Walford),Ben Hur: The Story of My Life...and the Book of "Q" (2016 by J. Paul Briggs), Messala: The Return from Ruin -- A Sequel to Ben-Hur (by Lois Scouten) and Stephen Soul's controversial cult 'Ben-Hur Redux' (2013 - more Gore Vidal than Lew Wallace). It was inevitable then that Carol Wallace should step forward on behalf of the originator's family and come up with a more modernised rewrite.This has been done before within the realms of Children's Classics - which often read better than the original work - but Carol is very sympathetic to her family's heirloom and resists the temptation to put her own 'take' on the story or give in to modern literary vices and consequently she remains fully faithful to the original work, briskly told with a loving hand at the helm. Of course it doesn't compare with the Gore Vidal-Christopher Fry-Karl Tunberg screenplay of the 1959 movie but all in all the best praise I can give Carol Wallace and this rewrite is that it ought to be considered for School Libraries and Curriculums in order to keep what is, after all, a Victorian melodrama, alive for new generations - something I doubt Lew's original would now achieve.

  • By English Lady on 15 September 2016

    This review begins with an important note. I have not read the original version of Ben Hur, by Lew Wallace, nor have I yet seen the movie adaptation of this one, although I hope to soon. So, I cannot compare this to the original, only remark upon the book itself on its own terms.Those familiar (as I am) with the old 1950s adaptation starring Charlon Heston from Television repeats each year will be familiar with the basic storyline. This version is, according to the author’s note, updated for our own time by the author’s great-granddaughter. I had never realized how much research went into the original- and how much the author got right (though there may have been a couple of minor errors- I’m sure there were no Lombards in the 1st century).This version has enough of everything to please the modern reader, action, romance, intrigue, a great injustice to be righted, the iconic chariot race, and all of the original enigmatic characters. I have read a couple of Victorian/ Classic novels in my time, so some of the detailed descriptions of settings are lost in this version, and it’s up to readers familiar with the original to decide which they prefer.For the more general reader, I would say this was a great introduction to the Classic story of revenge and redemption through The Christ, who is constantly in the background of the story, and of how people of the period may have responded to the coming of The Messiah. That I believe, was what Mr Wallace originally intended to explore in the work.I received an e-book edition of this title from the Publisher Tyndale House, for the purposes of writing a review. I was not required to write a positive one and all opinions expressed are my own. (less)

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