The Robe Paperback – Nov 14 2003
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
'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.Read more ›
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I read it in German as a teenager and loved it.Rereading it in English is most enjoyable.Published 23 months ago by Joanne
Chose this book for my mother believing it was large print. Very disappointed in the print size. Mother had to use a magnifying glass to read.Published on Jan. 16 2014 by Helen C
tells an age old theme ,in a non religious way.Does not preach TO the reader.EXCELLENT STORY .NO MATTER YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEF.Published on July 22 2013 by Don Teatro
The first time I read this book, I was about 12 years old and really loved it. At the time I was a regular church goer. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004
I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it. The book was overall well written and had a well developed plot. I would recommend this book to people, like myself, of faith. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by Mariah
This is a very, very good book. It does two things at once. It teaches people about historical evnets, and it also is a story about people who go through trials trying to find... Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2003
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