Sarah - Women of Genesis, Bk 1 Author:Orson Scott Card Sarai was a child of ten years, wise for her age but not yet a woman, when she first met Abram. He appeared before her in her father's house, filthy from the desert, tired and thirsty. But as the dirt of travel was washed from his body, the sight of him filled her heart. And when Abram promises Sarai to return in ten years to take her for hi... more »s wife, her fate was sealed.
Abram kept his promise, and Sarai kept hers they were wed, and so joined the royal house of Ur with the high priesthood of the Hebrews. So began a lifetime of great joy together, and greater peril: and with the blessing of their God, a great nation would be built around the core of their love.
Bestselling author Orson Scott Card uses his fertile imagination, and uncanny insight into human nature, to tell the story of a unique woman -- one who is beautiful, tough, smart, and resourceful in an era when women had little power, and are scarce in the historical record. Sarah, child of the desert, wife of Abraham, takes on vivid reality as a woman desirable to kings, a devoted wife, and a faithful follower of the God of Abraham, chosen to experience an incomparable miracle.« less
Card is able to weave Biblical legend into a very believable story about possibly the two most important people in Judeo-Christian history.
Card does not alter scripture, rather, he does his best to fill in the gaps that we have always been left to wonder about and it's not only an engaging read, it feels authentic, as well.
My only two complaints:
1) Card repeatedly talks about the men of Sodom. It is laughable how much he alludes to what these men allegedly did, without actually bringing it up plainly. It's as if he wants to talk about it so very badly, but just cannot bring himself to do it. I smiled many times when the "men of Sodom" were mentioned.
2) This book was not long enough! I wanted more and didn't get it.
Still, this was a great read, and shouldn't be missed, no matter what your religion.
Michele G. reviewed Sarah (Women of Genesis, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 5
A wonderful book about the biblical Sarah and her life told from her perspective. Told with such "realness" you'd think the author channeled Sarah herself to tell her own story.
A great work of historical fiction.
Did you like The Red Tent? This is another historical fiction account of a woman from the Old Testament. Well researched, but a depth of characterization not found in the Bible. Lot's wife actually has a name in this book! I picked this book up because I enjoyed Card's science fiction, and I am so glad that I did. I plan to read the other two books in the series ASAP!
There isn't much to go on in the Bible about Sarah's life, but Orson Scott Card has done excellent research on what life was like in her time and it's easy to think that this COULD have been about her. Even discounting that the book is about the matriach of the Judeo-Christian culture, it's a fantastic read.
Excellent - one of the best biblical history novels I've read. I was surprised, since the author is knoown for his science fiction, but he brings the same craftsmanship to this novel. Can't wait to read the next in this series!