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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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Review: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

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I decided to read this book because I read about the author's real-world exploits as a Union general in the Civil War in A Blaze of Glory. The book seems to have made quite a sensation when it came ... Read full review

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I just finished this again Nov 23 2015 it is one of the best books that I have read. Many different levels of meanings. Awesome book. 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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