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`That moment Malluch, in the gallery, saw Ben-Hur lean forward over his Arabs, and give them the reins. Out flew the many folded lash in his hand; over the backs of the startled steeds it writhed and hissed...' Ben-Hur is readily associated with its four film versions, yet Lew Wallace's epic novel of 1880 was a huge bestseller, written by a former soldier who had fought in American Civil War. Intended as a moral and inspirational narrative, Ben-Hur's life parallels that of Jesus as he makes a journey ofdiscovery and enlightenment through the Mediterranean world from Jerusalem through Nazareth to the galleys that carry him to shipwreck in the Aegean, and, finally, Rome. A spiritual tale of the quest for love, the recovery of identity and patrimony, Ben-Hur's vivid description is based on a breadthof research into the Bible and the Holy Lands that never fails to delight in its detail and realism. Like many other `toga novels', Ben-Hur is also marked by traces of contemporary issues - the dissent, division and moral contradiction of emerging imperial cultures, the `New Woman' question, andeven trade unionism. Unlike the film versions, the novel is a rich source of American Victorian concerns and tensions, as well as being one of the most entertaining of its genre.
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Grouping Title ben hur
Grouping Author wallace lew
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author Wallace, Lew, 1827-1905.
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display_description Ben Hur could be said to be the first blockbuster. When it was published in 1880, it sold over two million copies and was translated into numerous languages. It combines all the best elements of popular classic, epic and action story against a background of authoritative historical detail. The pace and immediacy of Ben Hur was the basis of its appeal to film-makers - Charlton Heston's portrayal of the title role is one of the classics of the cinema. Wallace's original novel has been largely forgotten now, but as this vivid reading shows, the story - together with the sweeping rhythm of the writer's prose - make it ideally suited to the audiobook.
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publishDate 1953, 1998, 2006
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subject_facet Bible. -- N.T. -- History of Biblical events -- Fiction, Bible. -- New Testament -- History of Biblical events -- Fiction, Jesus Christ -- Fiction, Rome -- History -- Tiberius, 14-37 -- Fiction, Tiberius, -- Emperor of Rome, -- 42 B.C.-37 A.D. -- Fiction
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title_full Ben Hur [electronic resource] / Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur / Lew Wallace ; edited with an introduction and notes by David Mayer, Ben-Hur. With 16 full-page illustrative and biographical pictures together with introductory remarks and captions by Basil Davenport
title_short Ben-Hur
topic_facet Fiction, History, History of Biblical events, Jesus Christ, Tiberius