Publish Date: 10/31/2006
(in Inches) 6.5H x 4L x 0.75T
|Presents a new novel by the author of Interview with the Vampire, incorporating the latest New Testament scholarship to chronicle the life of Jesus Christ, from his early years, through his ministry, through his final days, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascent to heaven. Reprint. *Author: Rice, Anne *Subtitle: Out of Egypt *Publication Date: 2006/10/31 *Number of Pages: 350 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 4.00 *Height: 6.50|
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Presents a new novel by the author of Interview with the Vampire, incorporating the latest New Testament scholarship to chronicle the life of Jesus Christ, from his early years, through his ministry, through his final days, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascent to heaven. Reprint.
Anne Rice built her literary reputation through an elaborately constructed Gothic horror mythology of vampires and witches. But now Rice, who has returned to the Catholic faith of her youth, eschews these dark, unholy topics in favor of the sacred, with this first in a series of retellings of the life of Jesus, inspired by the New Testament, scholarly histories, and the Apocrypha. In this first-person account, seven-year-old Jesus studies with the scholar Philo; moves with his family from Alexandria, Egypt, to Nazareth in Roman-ruled Israel; performs miracles; and confronts Satan, all the while aware that he is different from other children, but not entirely sure why.
Born Howard Allen O'Brian, Anne Rice legally changed her name at the age of 6. When she was 16, two years after her mother died in 1955, the family moved to Texas, where she met her future husband, Stan Rice, and graduated from high school. After they married in 1961 and moved to California, Rice received a B.A. from San Francisco State in 1964, had a child named Michelle in 1966, spent two years at the University of California at Berkeley, and then received an M.A., also from San Francisco State, in 1971. Their daughter Michelle then died of leukemia before her sixth birthday. After a period of alcoholism directly related to this loss, Rice wrote INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE over a few weeks in 1973. Eventually published in 1976 to somewhat lukewarm reviews, INTERVIEW..., according to Roz Kaveney in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FANTASY, "is responsible, if not for creating, at least popularizing and in many respects crystallizing the mythology of the revisionist-fantasy version of the vampire." Rice wrote two more novels, THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS and CRY TO HEAVEN, before embarking on a series of novels written under pseudonyms, ranging from soft- to relatively hardcore pornography. She wrote EXIT TO EDEN as Anne Rampling and the Sleeping Beauty trilogy as A. N. Roquelaure. In 1986 she wrote a sequel to INTERVIEW, called THE VAMPIRE LESTAT, in which the title character disputes certain events depicted in its predecessor. With this book, Rice officially became a best-selling author. In 1986, Rice and her family moved to New Orleans, a prominent setting in much of her writing. Since then, she has become simultaneously more and less of a public figure. While the immense popularity of her books has forced her to cease listing her telephone number in the phone book, which she did well into the late '80s, Rice has been active in New Orleans, purchasing a lot of property around the area for restoration. Sometimes to the consternation of other residents, she has taken out full-page ads in the local newspaper to express her opinions on various matters, and she regularly responds to questions delivered to her via the Internet at her official Web site. With a staggeringly huge worldwide fan base, Rice is likely to remain at the top of the bestseller lists regardless of which of her several series titles she is writing.
"A riveting, reverent imagining of the hidden years of the child Jesus....Rice's book is a triumph of tone--her prose lean, lyrical, vivid--and character.....[T]his is fiction that transcends story and instead qualifies as an act of faith." (starred review)
"Rice's painstaking historical research is obvious throughout....[R]eaders...will discover the riches of the sparse prose Rice adopts."
"[Rice] writes this book in a simpler, leaner style [than her vampire novels], giving it the slow but inexorable rhythm of an incantation. The restraint and prayerful beauty of CHRIST THE LORD is apt to surprise her usual readers and attract new ones."
- Janet Maslin
"[S]urely the most literary of...[Rice's] books....[T]he meticulous attention in OUT OF EGYPT to the way faith and communal bonds permeate every aspect of Jesus' family life makes for a far more persuasive picture of spirituality than the operatic agonies of Lestat and his immortal friends."
- Laura Miller