Book Review #160: Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Author: Carol Wallace

Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Religion & Spirituality

Language: English 

Series, if any: NA

Publisher: Lion Hudson Plc

Date of publication : 15 July 2016

No. Of pages: 428


Betrayed by his childhood friend and wrongly charged with attempted murder of Roman governor, Judah Ben-Hur, a jewish nobleman, is sentenced to slavery. Simmering with rage and revenge, a need to find his family and a thirst to prove himself, Judah has to find a way in this world.


When a book has a popular movie franchise named after it aling sith numeorus adaptations, it is difficult to imagine something extraordinary to come out it. The author has managed to makntain the integrity of the book and its plot while making it enticing for the readers. The main plot is actually quite simple and straightforward, but the finesse with which it has been dealt captures the entire essence. As a reader, it is one of the greatest recommendation for a book, if and when you create a bond with the lead character and every action that he/she creates, produces a resounding and equally effectuve reaction. To learn and feel and enjoy the character of Ben Hur was a hourney of its own. 

With a setting based on pre-Christ era, it is expected to see a bit of formality in the language. The author has combined that very fact with a simple and elaborate flow of narration that has served its purpose of keeping your attention till the very end. The cover image is dramatic and resembles a poster for a movie; I am still trying to figure out whether thats a good thing or not. 

My opinion: To be honest, until the plot of Christ was introduced, I actually thought I was reading Count Of Monte Cristo; almost two-fourth of the book was that similar in tone. Though I am not a big fan of books based kn religions or having religious subtexts, but at the end of the day, I will still recommend this book. 

My rating: 3.5 out of 5


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