author: Marek Halter
genre: Fiction, Abram & Sarai, biblical historical fiction romance
suggested by: Alison B.
dates read: March 7th – March 9th
review: 5 out of 5 stars
summary: A retelling of the lives of Abraham and Sarah, from the biblical Old Testament. Sarai is the headstrong daughter of a powerful lord of Ur. Told she is to marry a man of her father’s choosing, she rebels against the idea and ends up fleeing her father’s home during the marriage ceremony. Outside the city gates she meets Abram, the son of a statue maker. And so begins their story.
personal thoughts: Another great story. I really love biblical historical fiction, though before this project I’d only read stories set around the time of the Crucifixion or Nero. Like The Red Tent, this showed the woman’s perspective on the lives and stories I’ve read and heard about since I was a child. The jealousy Sarah experienced when Hagar got pregnant before her was so vivid and understandable, something that I’ve always been more distant from. I appreciated the difference in perspective and the fresh retelling of beloved stories.
“Youth knows nothing of time, old age knows nothing but time.” p. 3
“The whole city seemed to be holding its breath, waiting for the sun to burst firth. For the moment it was still hidden on the other side of the world, but the ocher light that preceded it was spreading over the horizon like oil.” p. 10