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Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne Rice
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Oct. 31 2006
Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of CHRIST THE LORD, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

The book’s power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of Jesus who tells the story.

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Believer and nonbeliever alike are familiar with the story of Jesus Christ. But most tales tend to focus on his last days and eventual crucifixion. Rice explores Jesus' youth, and tells of his family's journey from Egypt to Judea and of the requisite strife they encounter along the way. The novel follows the young Jesus as he starts to learn about his divine heritage and experiments with his mysterious healing powers. Heine narrates in an earnest, youthful alto, and one might think this suitable considering that the story is a first-person account of the life of a seven-year-old Jesus; however, the story is actually told by an older Jesus, looking back on the events of his youth, so Heine's innocent and childlike performance is somewhat out of place. Though competent, Heine's reading lacks any spark or fire to it, making the overall result rather bland. Heine is also bound by the source material, which, while an honest and heartfelt attempt to explore the all-but-unknown youth of Jesus, fails to live up to its lofty ambitions.
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Adult/High School–In crisp, straightforward prose, Rice leaves the gothic behind and explores the mysteries beneath the childhood of Jesus. At age seven, the boy and his family leave Egypt to return to their home. They find themselves caught in a revolution after the death of the first King Herod, ruler of the portion of the Roman Empire that includes Israel. Although the historical and cultural details are authentic and well done, it is the character of Jesus that drives this novel. He feels like a typical seven-year-old, but he's also suddenly discovering abilities that no one else possesses. He brings clay birds to life, makes snow fall, and even resurrects a dead playmate. Stunned by these odd happenings, he turns to Joseph and Mary for answers. When they are not forthcoming, he's forced to hunt out clues through local legends, rumors, and a strange spirit that taunts him in his dreams. The story is told from Jesus's point of view, and the strength of the book weighs heavily on Rice's ability to make him believable both as a child and as the son of God; she does a winning job. The wisdom of all things religious fills Jesus completely, but he's naive about day-to-day events: he can't understand why a young girl he used to play with prefers at age 12 to learn about weaving and rearing children. This new direction for Rice is both bold and reverent, and is bound to please fans and newcomers alike.–Matthew L. Moffett, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anne Rice's Journey Continues... Nov. 16 2005
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I just finished reading Christ the Lord, Out of Egypt and was pleasantly surprised with Anne Rice's take on what could have been the childhood of the most important and most disputed character in history. She touched on many things I never thought of like the way the community looked at Jesus as a possibly illegitimate child, how difficult it must have been to be his parents, how his powers began to manifest themselves and his questions about himself. This book is very obviously a labour of love for Ms. Rice. She addresses the character of Christ with respect and imagination.
I sense the difficulty the author had when trying to speak in the voice of a seven year old boy after spending many years speaking as an ancient and immortal being. The book became easier to read as it went on, as if she were finding her feet in the character. Once that started to happen, the flow evened out and I'm sure the following books will just get better.
I see this as a new road on Anne Rice's spiritual journey that began with Interview With the Vampire. To me it seems a natural progression to search into the light after searching through the darkness for so long. Give the book a chance. It may surprise you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I normally DON'T read Rice Jan. 10 2007
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I'm not much into gothic style novels and only read this novel on the advise of a friend. I was totally impressed with how well Ms. Rice transported me into ancient times. Where some readers may find the pace of the novel slow, I found it soothing and the pacing was as much part of the experience as the story itself. I love her depiction of Christ as a confused child seeking the truth of his purpose on this earth and I loved his slow realization as to what that purpose really was. I only wish she would have explored further into his teen years and early adult life. Fascinating stuff!!! I highly recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Normally Read Rice! Dec 31 2006
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A common thread among the reviews seems to be that those who approached the book looking for a spiritual journey, rated the book high. Those who simply read the book because they like Rice's storytelling abilities and style, seemed somewhat disappointed. I also found this to be the case. I've read all of Anne Rice's books. When this was in hard-cover, I read the first chapter in the store and thought "I'll pass". In paperback, I bought it. I found the story dry, and although (for a chapter or two) I enjoyed the intimate look into what Christ and his family may or may not have been thinking, I was struck by the repetitiveness of the emotions and thoughts communicated by Christ, and the unnecessary details. Paint the scene, jeez, but don't do it over and over again. I get it. It was difficult to finish - I have read of few of Rice's early books that were stinkers, but I thought that these were due to inexperience. It seems that this is not the case. Genres out of her usual type may be the issue? I found the story stiff, complicated and unimaginative. I would not recommend this book to my close friends and family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book isn't just for people of faith Nov. 16 2013
I waited to read this book until it was in soft cover as I'm not a religious person and I wasn't sure I would enjoy it. I have read all of Anne Rice's fiction and although this is fiction it was about someone a lot of people consider historical. In the end I decided to read it because I love Ms. Rice's writing style.

I didn't regret my decision in fact I was greatly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The way that Ms. Rice looks through the eyes of a seven year old Jesus is unique. I feel that it was well worth my time to read it. I learned some things that are in the Bible that I realized I didn't know. I actually went to the old Bible I was given to check what was in there that was in this book. There are some things that are described that aren't in the Bible but that some people believe to be true. Gospels that didn't make it to being in the Bible.

If you're looking for something that explains what it might have been like to be the Son of God living among humans - this is a read for you. If you're not spiritual or Christian but like a good book you can still enjoy this as long as you're viewing it as fiction. That's how I looked at it - just something purely fictional and I enjoyed it. If you're at all familiar with the Bible the basic back story will be no surprise but the interactions of the characters is what makes it interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Research June 7 2013
If there is one thing about the writing of Anne Rice, she does her homework. All of her works are exceptionally well research, from her vampire novels to this one - CHRIST THE LORD OUT OF EGYPT. Even though a novel, the period history and geography are very accurate, based on my own Biblical knowledge and historical research. She made the young Jesus live and rise from the pages of this novel. Well done in my estimation.
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