I breezed right through this novel while on vacation and really enjoyed it. I am a fan of biblical historical fiction that is written from a humanistic or secular perspective. Having loved "The Red Tent," I picked up this book hoping it would be similar. It was (though I give it one less star because "The Red Tent" is simply untouchable).
"Only Human" is a novel about Abram and Sarai, more popularly known as Abraham and Sarah from the Old Testament. Diski alt...more Only Human has been on the bookshelf for years. I bought it for about a buck at a used bookstore and just never got around to it. On a whim, I started reading it last week and breezed right through it.
I am a fan of biblical historical fiction that is written from a humanistic or secular perspective. In fact, I bought this novel because it reminded me of The Red Tent, one of my all-time favorites. Only Human focuses on the story of Abram and Sarai, more popularly known as Abraham and Sarah from the Old Testament. The author, Jenny Diski, alternates between an unnamed 3rd person omniscient narrator to God's first person narration. God is an interesting character and, to tell you the truth, not all that likeable. In portraying him this way, Diski flipped the story on its head, which is part of what I loved about Diamant's retelling of a biblical story.
My copy is available on BookMooch if anyone is interested in having it.
I have been reading Jane Eyre through DailyLit emails for months now, but I am finally towards the end. I see that my friend who continually raves about the novel was completely right. I am in love. I will write more when I finish it!
Finally, I have begun William S. Buck's translation of The Ramayana. Ever since reading his fantastic translation of The Mahabharata for a literature course, I have been wanting to read this one. Though I am currently reading several books, I decided while I was at the library that if it was on the shelf, in stock, it would be a sign that I was meant to read it. The computer said it was but it was not in its place. After scouring all of the return carts, I found it. Does that still count as fate telling me to read it? :)