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The Robe Paperback – Nov 14 2003

4.7 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (Nov. 14 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395957753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395957752
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Lloyd Cassel Douglas (1877-1951) began his writing career in midlife, after working for many years as a minister. He gained international fame with his novels Magnificent Obsession 91929) and The Robe (1942).

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What a great find, I remember loving the movie when I was a young girl. This was a wonderful way to tell the story of Jesus, after the crucifiction and through the eyes of the people he had lived with and taught and healed, and a good reminder of what the Christian religion is truly about.

Marcellus and Demetrius were wonderful heros, I adored Diana, hated the evil Roman Emporers and thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself into the life and times of that era. I noticed some other reviewers claimed there were historical inaccuracies in the book which distracted them from enjoying it as much as I did. Not knowing enough about the various rulers of those times I can't comment on that, except that since the book was written in 1945 perhaps the known history was different than what is available now.

The book is quickest in pace at the beginning and the end, with a large slower period in the middle while Marcellus travels through Israel learning about the life of Jesus. However, I enjoyed the slower pace and reminder of the many wonderful things that happened at this time.

All in all a great read and highly recommended, with the caveat that if you are an agnostic or of non-christian faiths you might not appreciate it as well. Also a good choice for a younger teen reader, as you won't find the abundant gratuitous sex that you find in more current novels.
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The Robe probably has transcended its original scope of reconstructing the life of Jesus and his stamping on the mind of many about the coming of his new kingdom. Douglas has not only added new touch and sentiment to the story of Jesus, but also invigorated the historical period a skein of unforgettable characters whose lives were touched and thus inevitably changed their lives by Jesus' teaching.
It might be difficult to conceive that Marcellus Gallio, son of a prestigious Senator and a Tribune; Diana, the granddaughter of the Emperor Tiberias; and Demetrius, the Greek slave from Corinth, to believe Jesus' miracles and his resurrection. Lloyd Douglas has written truly a religious classic, one whose appeal is not limited to a particular time or a particular place, through the delineation of the characters' own struggle to cross that arbitrary line beyond which the credibility should go. .
Marcellus was a Roman soldier who by a fortuity executed Jesus' crucifixion and subsequently won Jesus' robe as a gambling prize. The robe symbolized his crime, the crime of recklessly crucifying an innocent man who exhausted him life in advocating love, kindness, and goodwill. The memory of the crucifixion, had been an interminable torture that plunged Marcellus into a deep melancholy. Demetrius could never tell when his master was hit by a capricious seizure that sent sweat streaming his face.
The robe miraculously healed the inconsolable Marcellus as he touched it. From there Marcellus set off on a quest to seek the truth about the robe and the Nazarene who claimed to own his kingdom somewhere not in the world.
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Admittedly, I am not in any shape or form a Christian; I am an atheist. Reader of this review please bear that in mind as to not be mislead. (I am assuming the reader knows the general plot).
'The Robe' is an unequaled expression (discounting only Kipling's 'If') of what a hero is (whether Christian or not); to adhere to this unambiguous warning of Jesus: "Those who try to gain their life will lose it, and those who try to lose their life will gain it."
Prior to his metamorphosis Marcellus was presented as an honorable but sometimes tactless man, such as the burtst of ill-timed joviality lands him in a dead-end job(literally). We read on about his noncondescending, kind regard for his slave Demetry and his fearless will to bring discipline to a chaotic environment.
But it is after his conversion that we see the full three-dimensionality of Marcellus. His compulsion to travel and seek out fellow believers where ever they may be was like hearing about lost dog in search of home. What made this all the more beuatiful was that his motivation was tried to be rationalized. You can't rationalize desire. It's just there and we must accept it. Marcellus had the God given motivation to be among other believers so that he may learn, not for any kind of moral exhibitionism.
He leaves his Father's home and cleaves onto the church with all his life. Amazingly, it was with little effort that he did this. Through the long journey's and the confrontations we find a man unshaken by what the world has to offer. His focus on Jesus prevents his being distracted to worldy concerns.
Particlularly observant was the remark bout Herod willing to cheat any impoverished man out of his humlest belongings yet willing to suck up to any Roman surperior.
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Douglas has two characters living in Rome in the reign of Tiberius: a "Prince Gaius" and Caligula, the future emperor. At first I was puzzled as to who this Gaius was, or why Douglas felt the need to introduce such a fictional character - - until I realized that he obviously wasn't aware that they are the same person! Caligula ("little boot") was Gaius's nickname. My impression is that Douglas read the main ancient sources, Tacitus's "Annals" and Suetonius's "Lives of the Caesars". Tacitus refers to Caligula as "Gaius" throughout, but the the part of his work dealing with his reign is lost. So Douglas apparently did not realize that the "Gaius" playing a crucial role in the last years of Tiberius's reign was the same person as the later emperor Caligula.
Sorry, but if Douglas can't get right something as basic as *that*, then I really can't take seriously any of his claims of having conducted a serious historical research.
From this point of view, the movie is actually much better.
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