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The Lives of Rachel (THE BOOKS OF RACHEL) by [GROSS, JOEL]
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The Lives of Rachel is a prequel to The Books of Rachel.

This richly detailed novel of family, of tradition, and of faith, sweeps across a thousand years to chronicle the lives of five women -- each named Rachel and each a rare human spirit.

In every generation of this proud and ancient Jewish family there is only one Rachel, the firstborn daughter. But the name is only part of Rachel's legacy. Each bearer of the name adds, in her own way, to the legend of strength and courage that is her birthright.

There is Rachel of Judea, who defies a half-mad and lustful king to save her husband's life. Rachel of Rome, who is sold into slavery, but rises up to take just revenge on her cruel and corrupt master. Rachel of Byzantius is a miraculous healer who risks death to stop the spreading horror of the plague. A Rachel plays a crucial part in the destiny of Arthurian England; another cleverly escapes a Rhineland pogrom.

About the Author

Gross is a playwright and screenwriter. He received his MA in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is a member of PEN, the Dramatists Guild, Authors Guild, and Writers Guild.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1049 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Sylvan Court Productions (Nov. 30 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JFVHK2
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fdc1ccc) out of 5 stars More Stories of Rachel Feb. 10 2007
By Rachel Elaine - Published on
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Published after its best-selling predecessor, "The Books of Rachel," this sequel - "The Lives of Rachel" - actually takes place during an earlier time period.

Like the prior book of author Joel Gross, this one is also divided into five parts, each one a depiction of the life of a particular Rachel, born of an ancient Jewish family. Part One takes place in Judea, 168 B.C., Part Two, in Rome, 63 B.C., Part Three, in London, 488 B.C. Part Four is set in the Byzantium empire during the year 756, and Part Five takes place in Mainz during the year 1096. Each Rachel is unique with a different story to share, yet similar in her nobility, strength, spirit of conviction, courage, beauty and in being either gifted in healing or in the possession of second sight.

Although the stories are each fiction, it would seem they were recorded from truthful history, so precise are the immaculate details saturating each. The reader of either book will be transported to a different place and era, surely learning something of that history along the way.

This book and "The Books of Rachel" are both equal favorites of mine. In addition to the intriguing stories, the writing is beautifully superb, flowing perfection.
61 of 78 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fdc1f18) out of 5 stars Warning: contains graphic sexual content Aug. 21 2012
By Sherri in Georgia - Published on
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The book started out great, it provided good insight into the culture and region of that time. I was not at all prepared for the graphic sexual content, even thought it was presented as a part of the time and culture. Though I have tried to just skip over the sex scenes after being shocked by the first one, I find the content too troubling to even want to finish this book.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fdc1edc) out of 5 stars Beautifully done!! April 22 2012
By Nancy H - Published on
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As with "The Books of Rachel", Joel Grosss has captured the history and religious feel of the ages. Tracing the lives of 5 different Rachels in the Cohen family through history, we find the richness of the family and the details of the ages. The "Lives of Rachel" is every bit as good as his original "Books of Rachel". Engrossing, well researched, a real page turner. Leaves one wondering why a movie deal has not been made for thiese, although it is doubtful that even a mini-series could capture the detail and history covered in these volumes.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f5c21ec) out of 5 stars compelling and at times uncomfortable Jan. 5 2013
By Jenni from the farm - Published on
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This is not a light read. It requires some work. There are some very graphic portions that serve the purpose of describing just how bad some situations were. It's obviously fiction but well-done fiction in that you are able to get a real sense of each time period and the social pressures that occurred in each unique situation. I felt that the end was just sort of tacked on. I have not read the prequel/sequel Books of Rachel that is mentioned in some other reviews. Perhaps when read together the ending makes more sense. I felt that this novel expanded my knowledge base of the Jewish diaspora and gave me a sense of empathy for some of the prejudices the Jewish people have suffered through the millenia. It was a worthwhile read but now I'm ready for a little fluff.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f5c224c) out of 5 stars Very Thought Provoking May 26 2013
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Such a unique perspective. I was thoroughly engrossed from the beginning. One thing that struck me throughout the book was the issue of slavery. As an American it is very easy to see slavery as a sad part of our history and unique to us. It makes you remember the role slavery has portrayed historically. The nations that passed back and forth through history and slave owners turning into slaves and losing everything they had is frightening. They say history is written by the winners and there is truth in that. It is very easy to feel absolute sympathy for conquered nations forgetting at one time they were the conquerors. It's easy to feel like today the lines are written in stone regarding who lives where and what country belongs to what people but I'm sure that people felt that throughout history. The "We are too big to fail" is a simplistic view of our global geography and if history is any indication not true at all. I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. It is a long story and very engrossing. I love that it was written from a woman's perspective and how the book flowed throughout various times in history. Not a light read. Well written. Worth it.