Babel Tower

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Random House Large Print, 1996 - Fiction - 966 pages
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"Resurrection draws on actual events surrounding the discovery of the Lost Gospels of Nag Hammadi. Suppressed by officials of the early Church, these sacred texts disappeared nearly two thousand years ago and were rediscovered unexpectedly in the 1940s in the desert south of Cairo. Around these remarkable events, Tucker Malarkey has crafted a suspenseful and eye-opening tale of love and war, religion and murder." "When Gemma Bastian receives a telex that her archaeologist father has been found dead in Cairo, she flies from ravaged post-World War II London to Egypt to bury his ashes and close his affairs. While staying at the home of her father's oldest friend in Cairo, Gemma finds nothing is as it seems. She is both helped and hindered by David Lazar's handsome, enigmatic sons, half brothers who appeal to different parts of her war-weary heart." "As Gemma sifts through her father's office at the Egyptian Museum, she is soon aware that her movements do not go unnoticed; she is being watched by at least one man who wants something her father had. As she stumbles clues to her father's last and most closely guarded project, she becomes convinced that his death was not natural, and that he was involved in a great archaeological discovery, one that many want to stay buried, one that might change the Christian world forever." "Torn between brothers, beset by ominous warnings and threats to her safety, Gemma presses on in her investigation, finding herself caught in an intricate web of belief and betrayal in which she is fighting to rebuild not only her own shattered life but a faith that was lost to all of humanity. Here is the story of resurrection in its many forms: of a dead father, of a love between a man and a woman, of a world ravaged by war, of a faith that might have been."--BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - karl.steel - LibraryThing

You get: * Charles Fourier vs. Sade (in the novel, babbletower, within a novel) * An affectionate send-up of the medievalism and attractions to Apocalyptic Blake in 60s counterculture (and a perhaps ... Read full review

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I do find Frederica rather a frustrating character - a bit limp - or maybe I'm just annoyed by her liking for DH Lawrence (whom I can stand in only very, very small doses); and I find her marriage to ... Read full review

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A. S. Byatt is the author of Possession. Her two novels that lead up to Babel Tower, tracing the fortunes of Frederica and her family through the 1950s, are The Virgin in the Garden and Still Life. Her other fiction includes Angels and Insects, The Shadow of the Sun, and The Game.

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