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By Kent Larsen

Card's 'Sarah' Reviewed in Jerusalem Post

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL -- The Jerusalem Post published Sunday an unabashedly positive review of Orson Scott Card's "Sarah: Women of Genesis," calling the book, part of a projected trilogy on the women of Genesis, "a lively novel that enlarges our appreciation for this complicated matriarch." While admitting that the orthodox may reject the book because it uses the bible as the basis for a novel, most readers will "simply appreciate the book as a good yarn," says reviewer Morton Teicher.

In "Sarah," Card 'fleshes out' the story of Abraham's wife from a fictional visit by Abraham and Lot to Sarah's family when she is 10 to her death at age 127. While the bible uses no more than 20 pages to tell her story, Card takes nearly 400 pages in his account, adding dialogue, characters, scenes and motivations to the biblical narrative.

Card has had practice at this "flat-out manipulation for fictional purposes" (Card's words) of other narratives. In two previous science fiction and fantasy series, Card fleshed out stories well known to Mormons. His 'Homecoming' series retells much of the Book of Mormon in a science fiction setting, while his 'Tales of Alvin Maker' series tells the life of Joseph Smith in an alternate world. Card even retold, and even changed, the life of Christopher Columbus in his 1992 book, "Pastwatch."

The Post's reviewer, Teicher, is clearly impressed with the results in "Sarah." He says "Sarah fully demonstrates [Card's] remarkable versatility and his rich imagination, attributes that contribute considerably to his recognized accomplishments . . . " He also credits Card with producing "an impressive tribute to contemporary feminism."


A strong woman married to a Patriarch
Jerusalem Post 18Mar01 A2
By Morton I. Teicher


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