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Penguin, Feb 4, 2003 - Fiction - 576 pages
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One of the most popular American novels of all time, General Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur vividly reimagines the mighty Roman Empire and the rise of Christianity. The saga of Judah Ben-Hur’s spiritual journey from slavery to vengeance to redemption is both a vivid historical adventure and a powerful story of one man’s religious awakening. As Blake Allmendinger writes in his Introduction to this Modern Library Paperback Classic, “Ben-Hur has endured for more than one hundred years because it offers something for everyone. The story of the Jewish hero Ben-Hur, his conflict with the Roman warrior Messala, and his conversion to Christianity at the foot of the Cross, combines adventure, sentimentality, athletic spectacle, and religious devotion.”

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User Review  - homeschoolbookreview - Borders

I just bought this book and haven't read it yet, but we've seen both the classic film with Charleton Heston and the kid's animated video narrated by Heston. We've also heard the Focus on the Family Radio Theater dramatization of the book. I am looking forward to reading the original. Read full review

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User Review  - Seth Jones - Goodreads

Nowadays, Ben-Hur is mostly known as the basis for the Oscar-winning film adaptation starring Charlton Heston in the title role, usually shown in reruns in this week before Easter. In its own time ... Read full review

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Blake Allmendinger is professor of English at UCLA. A leading scholar of American literature, his books include Ten Most Wanted: The New Western Literature.

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