The Big Fisherman Author:Lloyd C. Douglas From Amazon: — Lloyd C. Douglas' 1948 novel "The Big Fisherman" is a good tale that winds on for nearly 600 pages. It starts with Arabian princess Arnon who is compelled to marry for the State's convenience to the spoiled Jewish prince Herod Antipas. They produce a daughter named by her mother Fara & named by her father Esther. Antipas mistreats ... more »his wife, divorces her & sends her back to Arabia in disgrace. Fara is not particularly at home in either world. Her best friend Voldi is an expert horseman & would like to romance her. As her mother dies, she decides to avenge her mother's mistreatment and proceeds to Galilee intending to assassinate her father. She encounters John the Baptist on her way; and their stories weave together, all the way to Antipas' prison. Voldi sets off after her and encounters numerous Roman personalities.
Meanwhile the big fisherman Simon runs a successful fleet and finds his employees impressed with the preaching of Jesus. He sets out to prove to himself that Jesus is a[...] but comes away a disciple. Douglas does a fair job of giving personality to the disciples and weaving various Biblical incidents of the Master's preaching career into the story.
After the crucifixion, angelic visitations bring together a crowd in Jerusalem for Pentecost. The miraculous events are written with flare & imagination. In Douglas' work, upon Jesus' death, Simon Peter is given the ability to heal people. John sets out to Arabia. This results in the disliked prince Deran who has been paralyzed to walk again, only to be assassinated to keep him from the throne.
The love story between Voldi & Fara is the romantic thread that splinters at the end as Voldi ascends to become the King of Arabia. Some of the tale is quite moving. The touching feelings of the apostles for Jesus are beautifully rendered. I enjoyed this bit of Biblical historical fiction that puts you back in Galilee during the time the Master walked the Earth. Enjoy!« less