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Ben-Hur This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world , and other notations in the workThis work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity individual or corporate has a copyright on the body of the workAs a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant Like probably most if not all of you I have seen the movie made from this book andthan once To no one s surprise I last saw that movie a very long time ago Consequently, I cannot say just how faithful the screen adaptation was to this book but I think the book, as we would all expect, is better and the ending muchfulfilling Now why read a book first published in 1880 To be honest, as a kid, I liked the movie though after reading this book I think Charleton Heston was horribly mis Like probably most if not all of you I have seen the movie made from this book andthan once To no one s surprise I last saw that movie a very long time ago Consequently, I cannot say just how faithful the screen adaptation was to this book but I think the book, as we would all expect, is better and the ending muchfulfilling Now why read a book first published in 1880 To be honest, as a kid, I liked the movie though after reading this book I think Charleton Heston was horribly miscast as a Jewish man in his late 20s to early 30s Later, in my fascination with history I learned that the author of Ben Hur was Lew Wallace a Union general in our Civil War I thought it very odd for a general of Wallace s repute would be writing a novel and a novel such as this one So I was curious about this book and got evencurious when I learned that it was the most popular American novel of the 19th century surpassing Uncle Tom s Cabin Life, however, doesn t always allow us to satisfy our curiosities whenever we please and I just never got around to reading this book until now.I have to admit that I think the knowledge gained from seeing the movie did reduce the tension that one might have had if the movie had not been seen Nevertheless, I did find the book written better than I expected I have read books written in the 19th century and have found the written language of that time to be very formal and stiff, in fact quite dull and that was what I expected in this book I am pleased to say my expectation was not met While Wallace did his best to replicate the language styles of the Biblical era his writing otherwise was almost modern in its usage I was also very impressed with the amount of research the general had to do to write this historical fiction as he had never been to the Holy Land I knew that after the Civil War Wallace became the territorial governor of New Mexico and I had the opportunity a few years ago to tour the Old Governor s Palace in Santa Fe where part of this book was written The general s descriptions of the culture and geography of this early Christian Era history is remarkably detailed and I was now curious as to how he managed this accomplishment Thanks to Google I learned that Wallace spent of great deal of time in the Library of Congress specifically researching for this book So the story while probably well known to most readers is well written and its age doesn t show in the reading and it is worth reading After the reading you might experience the same final curiosity that I had.Lew Wallace was a military man, a man that played a key role in the Civil War and was a man of war Ben Hur is a book set during the life of Christ and the Crucifixion is a pivotal scene in the story Why would such a man write such a book I thought about this while reading and I was able to see parallels between Wallace s story and the Civil War and the Reconstruction The book is about misunderstood causes and rebellion, unjust enslavements, the useless pursuit of revenge, forgiveness and rebuilding Upon thinking about it I could believe the writing of this book might have been very cathartic for a combat general in such a horrible war The book might be very old but it is worth reading and I m glad I did.Now I have a question that I hope some of youknowledgeable in literary history and trivia can answer The book I have is a Wilder publication from 2011 and it is titled Ben Hur by Lew Wallace, however, at the top of every lefthand page in bold type is the name Sir Edwin Arnold as though Arnold was the author I Googled Arnold and discovered he was a 19th century author and poet but there was no apparent relationship to Wallace or Ben Hur mentioned I checked Wallace and there was nothing to be found connecting him to Arnold Can anybody explain why Arnold s name is on every page of this book Ben Hur A Tale of the Christ is a novel by Lew Wallace published by Harper Brothers on November 12, 1880, and considered the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century The story recounts in descriptive detail the adventures of Judah Ben Hur, a Jewish prince from Jerusalem who is enslaved by the Romans at the beginning of the 1st century and becomes a charioteer and a Christian Running in parallel with Judah s narrative is the unfolding story of Jesus, from the same region a Ben Hur A Tale of the Christ is a novel by Lew Wallace published by Harper Brothers on November 12, 1880, and considered the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century The story recounts in descriptive detail the adventures of Judah Ben Hur, a Jewish prince from Jerusalem who is enslaved by the Romans at the beginning of the 1st century and becomes a charioteer and a Christian Running in parallel with Judah s narrative is the unfolding story of Jesus, from the same region and around the same age The novel reflects themes of betrayal, conviction, and redemption, with a revenge plot that leads to a story of love and compassion 1971 1339 8 535 19 1363 337 1880 The first thing I want to address is the speed of this book I first read this book in the fall or winter of 1971, and at that time, as a high school senior, I was well accustomed to reading Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, and all those other authors of the Victorian era and before Back then, I read one Shakespeare play every year for high school English literature with support from my friends and the teacher , and had even slogged through the assigned portions of Beowulf That The first thing I want to address is the speed of this book I first read this book in the fall or winter of 1971, and at that time, as a high school senior, I was well accustomed to reading Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, and all those other authors of the Victorian era and before Back then, I read one Shakespeare play every year for high school English literature with support from my friends and the teacher , and had even slogged through the assigned portions of Beowulf That said.in 1971, I was just awestruck dumbfounded enthralled by the book Ben Hur on so many levels It was one of the foundational books of my adolescence I tried to pick the book up again in 2011, 40 years later, and found it to be much harder to get into By this time, I d seen the 1959 version twice, and had even seen the 1925 version twice Incidentally, some critics say the 1925 chariot race is superior to the 1959 version, because of some of the heroic camera shots and stuntmen of the 1920s Check it out for yourself So I ve completed Ben Hur again now, with the help of Audible books My point about the speed of this book, is that we have all succumbed to the fast pace of Sesame Street In this fast moving era, we can no longer tolerate pausing for a moment in the story to feel the breeze, observe the delicate nuances of facial expressions and well chosen words, smell the gardens, marvel at the stars, understand enough history of a childhood friendship to be able to comprehend the incomprehensible betrayal of that childhood friend, absorb the emotion of innocent women incarcerated in a jail cell known to be infected with leprosy and to read long enough to fully be able to empathize with the women who are coping with the long term symptoms of leprosy as they mentally prepare for death from the disease I m ready to go back pull out my nursing textbooks to brush up on signs symptoms treatment of leprosy Well, so, I had an uncomfortable feeling that my life has accelerated enough in the last 40 years, that the style of Ben Hur s author has become probably 4X as difficult for me to read, as it was when I was 17 and well used to reading classics of the 1700s and 1800s This makes me feel some shame No wonder we get Alzheimer s I m well on my way OK Enough of that.The plot of this book is earthy, emotional, spiritual, exciting just watch 1959 and 1925 All the elements of a fast moving plot squeezed into 90 120 minutes But I think some of us have ignored the philosophical, ethical, and spiritual questions posed and addressed in the book Some of the Victorian descriptions are begging us to slow down first, and then take time to pick up and ponder the weighty questions of man s existence, and God s slow unfolding of His passionate pursuit and redemption of man throughout history.This is the book that untimately led me to firm faith in Christ The book I read in 1971 it was a version printed in 1901, given to my Grandpa as a high school graduation gift, illustrated with photographs of actors on a stage in New York City At the time of this printing, the author Union general Governor Lew Wallace was still alive He insisted that if this book were to be portrayed onstage, that no human was capable of playing the part of Jesus Christ, the Son of God The Christ was to be represented as a light shining into the midst of the actors This is another indictment of our age In 1901, even the Broadway producers could be persuaded that Jesus Christ was too holy to be represented by a human actor You undoubtedly know the story from the Paul Newman movie Slow down your life for a couple of hours every day, and soak in this book Take time to understand the viewpoints of Ben Hur s associates that baby who had such an unusual birth, attended by one incredibly bright star, a chorus of angels in the sky, a rush of shepherds to the postpartum recovery room, the arrival of mysterious Wise Men from the East Was he to be a Savior of the eternal souls of man Was he to be a victorious King of Israel forever Was he to be both And if so, how COULD he be both And was He GOD Take time to feel with Judah Ben Hur the thirst for revenge His enemy his childhood playmate twisted an accusation to condemn his widowed mother, his sweet little sister, and Ben Hur himself to incarceration, slave labor in a galley ship, and inevitable death Of COURSE Judah Ben Hur wanted to overcome that enemy publicly Maybe even death in a chariot race And the search for his lost mother and sister that led him to the leper colony outside the city Wouldn t you want to kill the bastard He deserved to die for his flippant accusation of the Hur family And the restored fortune of Judah Ben Hur himself How to use it for the promised Messiah of Israel This Jesus is a poor man He does not lead an army What better use of a fortune, than to devote it to the heir of King David This man who restores sight to blind men, and heals lepers Surely this is the man God promised to restore the eternal throne of David And Judah Ben Hur could be in on the ground floor And the two women who were attracted to by Judah Ben Hur Which was most exciting Which was most pure Which was most beautiful Which would be the best choice for Ben Hur as a lifelong companion See what I mean This is an EXCITING book And you need the time to sit back from the action to ponder the fathom deep philosophical spiritual questions posed in the midst of this book This book was the best selling novel of the whole 19th century it surpassed Uncle Tom s Cabin To this day, Ben Hur has never been out of print This is an exceptionally significant book, in terms of literary history.All I can say now, is that it s written in a different style than we re used to Over the years, we ve gradually become used to RUN, Sally RUN faster, faster, faster and have drifted away from an afternoon playing a board game with the family with a pitcher of iced tea on the porch Just look at the previous reviews good movie, but the book is weighted down with descriptions philosophical questions I would encourage you to tighten up your belt, squeeze on your thinking cap if you can find it, and wade into this book like you KNOW you can conquer the distance in years Because if I can do it, you can easily do it Take some time to lay the book down when the questions get too heavy, and just THINK about it for a while While you re shoveling snow or mowing grass or driving the kids to soccer Think about the questions Ben Hur and Simonides and Balthazar are wrestling with Or think about the injustice Ben Hur s mother and sister are living and dying with Because these questions and issues are the same ones we have, while we re cheering Sally to Run, Sally, Run Gee, Sally, can t you run any FASTER This book takes fight and determination to read, for those of us born in the 20th century It isn t written for a lazy reader of Harlequin romances It s written for someone who wants to develop teeth and the digestion to read a book you have to churn a bit Lew Wallace, who wrote this book, was a general with the Union army during the Civil War he witnessed some of the bloodiest battles this nation ever saw, and wrestled with the weightiest spiritual reasons for fighting a war the value of a slave s soul and being He struggled for most of his life with having been blamed unjustly and unfairly for the direction the battle of Shiloh took He later served as governor of New Mexico during a time of violence and political corruption had to wrestle with justice versus forgiveness He had negotiated a contract of forgiveness with the outlaw Billy the Kid, and wrestled with the powers that be to try to deliver this pardon, even though he was living in a world of politicians This author was not a shallow man, and when this book was written in 1880, it undoubtedly presented the dilemmas he d wrestled during this difficult period of American history I think he presents these stories concepts in a poetically beautiful manner, and a spiritually cleansing manner Although the literary style is different from what we ve become accustomed to, the concepts and questions are cutting edge.Weight Watchers isn t easy Curves isn t easy 5K s aren t easy Marathons aren t easy You can sit on the couch and watch reruns on Me TV You can read through a Harlequin romance in a couple of days Or you can determine to train your mind and spirit, and read one of the BEST BOOKS you ll ever read Although it was harder to tackle at age 60 than it was when I was 17, this is still one of the very best books I ve ever had the privilege to read I still have my 1901 edition, and it is one of my most highly treasured heirlooms But my recorded version of Ben Hur is something I want to burn to CD to share with my kids, grandkids, descendants It is truly one of the most significant books I ve EVER read Or listened to.Tackle it Is not his the law, Eye for eye, hand for hand, foot for foot Oh, in all these years I have dreamed of vengeance, and prayed and provided for it, and gathered patience from the growing of my store, thinking and promising, as the Lord liveth, it will one day buy me punishment of the wrong doersWho s in for a revenge tale set in the first century a.C Ben Hur is a man who s perfectly happy He has a mother and a sister who love him, and he s friends with a Roman, and that puts him in a posit Is not his the law, Eye for eye, hand for hand, foot for foot Oh, in all these years I have dreamed of vengeance, and prayed and provided for it, and gathered patience from the growing of my store, thinking and promising, as the Lord liveth, it will one day buy me punishment of the wrong doersWho s in for a revenge tale set in the first century a.C Ben Hur is a man who s perfectly happy He has a mother and a sister who love him, and he s friends with a Roman, and that puts him in a position of privilege All is well until one day he killed a Roman governor It was an accident, but no one believes him He s desperate, yet he can do nothing.But wait, he has a friend Messalla who can help him Too bad he betrays him and sends him to the galleys in a life sentence.Obviously, Ben Hur is angry His life has been completely ruined He will never get to see his family again because the passage to the galleys is a one way ticket.By some turns of events call them fate or luck the ship in which he worked sank and he managed to get out and save a governor Saving that governor gained him a great price Fortune Now, with money, his hatred turns to a desire of revenge and he s willing to make Messalla pay for what he did.All of the above may make the book sound like some epic tale of revenge, perhaps as epic as The Count of Monte Cristo Well, it wasn t.Let me tell you how the book starts Part 1 of the book is a complete recollection of Jesus birth It s evendetailed than in the Bible Well, to be honest, that would not have been so bad if it weren t for the writing.The writing gave me many, many headaches It was T E R R I B L E Look at this passage, for example A moment they looked at each other then they embraced that is, each threw his right arm over the other s shoulder, and the left round the side, placing his chin first upon the left, then upon the right breast Do you think it s necessary that amount of detail I mean, I understand they hugged, but I need not a description of how a hug is That s excessive Now imagine 500 pages of descriptions like those A nightmare, isn t it Not only is the writing like that The author also assumes the reader is stupid I couldn t find the quote, but there s a line at the beginning in which the author basically says I know you don t know anything about history, so I ll tell you something Before Jesus was born, time was not measured by how many years had passed since his birth That s because he didn t exist yet Isn t it a little obvious If the man who s used as reference for measuring years has not been born yet, how can you use his birth as reference It s called logic, Mr Wallace You don t need to be an historian to know that.Also, the writing was bland, boring and stiff Here s your proofWhat has happened What does it all mean she asked, in sudden alarm I have killed the Roman governor The tile fell upon himDoesn t it feel a little lacking of emotion I mean, if you kill someone important by accident, would you be so calm Ben Hur is supposed to be afraid, yet that passage doesn t make him sound like that If anything, he sounds bored, like Hey, look, the tile fell upon the Roman governor and I killed him Bah, YOLO Who cares There s this one too Malluch looked into Ben Hur s face for a hint of meaning, but saw, instead, two bright red spots, one on each cheek, and in his eyes traces of what might have been repressed tearsNo emotions, right Then, Wallace kept addressing the readers I don t have a problem with that, but in this case, I hated it Why Because he did it in almost every page I m going to show you the ones I had enough patience to look for The reader who recollects the history of Balthasar as given by himself at the meeting in the desert will understand the effect of Ben Hur s assertion of disinterestedness upon that worthy Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever Show me Ben Hur is disinterested I want to feel him disinterested I don t want you telling me Here s an advice for you, Mr Wallace Show, not tell He fell to thinking and even the reader will say he was having a vision of the woman, and that it waswelcome than that of Esther, if only because it stayed longer with himNo, you cannot tell what I was thinking at that moment In fact, when I read that line I was wondering what the dinner was going to be If the reader will take a map of Greece and the AEgean, he will notice the island of Euboea lying along the classic coast like a rampart against Asia, leaving a channel between it and the continent quite a hundred and twenty miles in length, and scarcely an average of eight in width See I was so damn tired of it after 20 pages And this block hasthan five Hundred Pages There s also the religious plot I thought it would not bother me, but in the end, it did I ll show you why Exhibit A Who s Jesus Where was the Child then And what was his missionYes, Wallace made a big mystery about Jesus I said he assumes the reader is stupid Here s one example of that He tries to thrill the reader into the mystery as to who the Mesiah is Please, you don t have to be Catholic to know who s the great Mesiah in that religion Everyone knows that Exhibit B Believe in God, or else you go to Hell This was not a revenge tale This was a redemption tale I knew that from the beginning because I ve watched the movie thousands of times and the name of the book makes it obvious and I know the story as I know my house, so I didn t expect to get angry at that What got me was that basically, the message Wallace gives you is the one I wrote as exhibit B If you don t pray, then you re a bad person We all know that s not necessarily true But I ll stop talking about that here.At the beginning of this review, I said this could have been EPIC And indeed, it had all the chances of being so I mean, it s a REVENGE tale I love those, so I was expecting to like this, but what I got was an overdose of BOREDOM Really, you could change the name of the book to Ben Dull A Tale of Tediousness.In the end, this book was bad I do not understand why it has such a high average rating to be exact, it has, at this moment, an av rating of 4.00 stars with 21,073 ratings and 469 reviews Is there something wrong with me I don t get very suspicious about high ratings when we re talking about classics, but this book has made me learn the lesson That a book is a classic doesn t mean you can trust the hype.Oh, and may I tell you something else The movie was better.The movie better than the book Can you believe it No, of course you can t It s always the book better than the movie, but trust me, that s not the case with this book.Now, pay attention to the following quote It s the ending paragraph of the book If any of my readers, visiting Rome, will make the short journey to the Catacomb of San Calixto, which isancient than that of San Sebastiano, he will see what became of the fortune of Ben Hur, and give him thanks Out of that vast tomb Christianity issued to supersede the Caesars If you go there, make sure you thank Ben Hur, or else, Wallace can get angry.P.S Want to have some good laughs Look at my infinite status updates They ll make your day

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