[EPUB] ✻ Lilah Author Marek Halter – Saudionline.co.uk

Lilah pdf Lilah, ebook Lilah, epub Lilah, doc Lilah, e-pub Lilah, Lilah 99eb2f12f5f Set In The Magnificent Culture Of The Middle East Than Four Thousand Years Ago, Lilah Is A Rich And Emotionally Resonant Story Of Faith, Love, And Courage Living In Exile, Lilah Is In Love With Antinoes, A Persian Warrior They Have Known Each Other Since They Were Children, And Antinoes Dearly Wants To Make Lilah His Wife Yet Lilah Does Not Feel She Can Marry Without The Blessing Of Her Brother, Ezra She And Ezra Are Close, And Lilah Knows Her Brother Well He Does Not Want His Sister To Have A Husband Outside Their Faith Ezra Is A Scholar Of The Laws Of Moses, And Lilah Believes It Is Her Brother S Destiny To Lead The Jewish People Back To The Promised Land While Antinoes Pressures Her To Accept His Proposal, Lilah Realizes That Before She Can Consider Her Own Happiness, It Is Her Duty To Help Her Brother Accomplish The Seemingly Impossible Task That Is Before Him Putting Herself In Grave Danger, And With The Help Of Antinoes, Lilah Wins Ezra An Audience With Artaxerxes II, The King Of Kings, Who Grants Permission To Lead The Exiles On Their Journey Back To The Promised Land After A Hazardous Trip Across The Desert, Lilah, Ezra, And The Thousands Who Join Them Arrive In Jerusalem But The Hardship Of Rebuilding The Temple Takes Its Toll, And The Religious Enthusiasm Of Some Turns To Extremism Ezra, Listening To The Zealots, Orders All Non Jewish Wives And Their Children Banished From Jerusalem Lilah, Whose Love For Antinoes Has Never Wavered, Is Horrified By This Command She Knows She Must Now Choose Between Her Brother And Her Conscience, Which Tells Her That The Time Has Come To Defy Him Lilah Is A Timeless Story Of One Woman S Stand Against Intolerance It Will Linger In The Reader S Mind Long After The Last Page Has Been Turned From The Hardcover Edition


10 thoughts on “Lilah

  1. says:

    This is my least favorite book in the trilogy, probably because I was not as familiar with the story of Ezra and Lilah as I was with Abraham and Moses But this book is enjoyable because of the diversity of the characters that evoke emotion Lilah is strong, proud, and full of love, like Sarah and Zipporah However, we have a wider range of characters Some are easy to root for, like Ezra s mentor, his servant, and Lilah s lover And others are easy to despise, like the Queen, and even Ezra himself, who is not a very sympathetic character Yes, the Jews are lead to the Promise Land and the Temple is rebuilt, but Ezra does not care at what cost these tasks are done MY REVIEW OF THE TRILOGY AS A WHOLE SPOILER ALERT I may seem like I m slightly bashing these books just because I m pointing out some flaws, but I did give these books 4 or 5 stars Halter should not switch from first person to third Yes, he distinctly separates them via prologues and epilogues and parts, but once he s really established style in one or the other, he changes ineloquently These women of god were not as chaste as we were lead to believe Mind you, I m no conservative, but generally, when people are reading biblical stories, they re not reading it for moderately steamy romance Sarah committed adultery with Pharaoh, Zipporah slept with Moses before they were married and acknowledged that she lived in sin, and Lilah slept with her lover before they were married and did so with considerable passion All of these women had a bit too much in common, and having concluded the third book, the trilogy seemed a bit redundant All three women were raised in privilege and wanted men outside of their class They all embarked in holy journeys and received both blessings and sorrow It was a bit formulaic Overall, I enjoyed the series It was a quick read with familiar characters and a good sense of setting and atmosphere I felt the heat of the deserts and texture of the fabrics But while I knew what was in the character s hearts, I never FELT it As I said in my review of Sarah, I don t typically compare books to other books, but this series didn t hold a candle to The Red Tent.


  2. says:

    Absolute rubbish, I m sorry to say The writing obscured the plot and distorted the characters, which where little than cookie cutouts to begin with The books structure was awkward and meandering and it changed in tone abruptly It s a shame too, I really wanted to like this piece of biblical fiction


  3. says:

    This is suuuuuper boring Full of needless dialogue and a reach as far as the story of Lilah There s also some creepy vibe between her and her brother I m not sure what about this installment is the worst, its droning and repetitive descriptions or its lack of getting to the point Cannot finish past 20%


  4. says:

    I came upon Marek Halter s Canaan Trilogy by pure happenstance I also read it out of order Zipporah, then Sarah, and Lilah , but it not necessary to have read this series in order I loved that the book trilogy encompassed almost 1600 years, starting with Sarah which was placed around 21st century B.C.E Zipporah 15th century B.C.E to Lilah which is set in around 550 B.C.E Sarah was an engrossing and beautiful tale, and Zipporah was an enriching treat Lilah however, misses the mark completely One of my major issues is that Lilah, however dynamic and interesting of a character Halter made her out to be, was just that Unlike Sarah and Zipporah, Lilah was not based on any sister of Ezra, as she is not mentioned anywhere in the Old Testament of the Bible Book of Ezra or Book of Nehemiah , but I digress The first half of the novel is very engaging and wonderful In the Persian town of Susa, Lilah is an aristocratic young Jewish woman, torn between the love of her childhood non Jewish friend Antinoes and the loyalty she has for her older brother Ezra While these three were practically raised as siblings, Ezra s dogmatic studying of the Torah and its rules make them both as strangers to him now While Lilah s aunt and uncle welcome a marriage to such a highly respected member of the royal court, Lilah refuses to unless Ezra gives his blessing to their union which is not needed, but deeply desired by Lilah She schemes a way for Ezra to leave the city of Susa with a band of conservative zealotsbut it backfires and leaves Lilah forced to venture with her brother, without a husband or a place to call home The second part of the novel, which I have the most problems with is written a long Epistolary style Lilah documents the long, arduous journey she, Ezra, and the Babylonian Jews undertake They return to Jerusalem facing exclusion and oppression from other ethnic groups around them who also inhabit the land The temple and settlements are built for the community, and unfortunately divisiveness among the community surfaces The Zealots and other conservative members of the community call for the expulsion of the foreign the Jebusite, Moabite, Ammonite to name a few women who married Hebrew men and their progeny so that the Hebrew men will be forced to marry their own kind Lilah begs Ezra to reconsider this expulsion, but he follows the archaic and hurtful Mosaic Laws without question or consideration Lilah decides to become the leader of the Outcast Women, and they make their journey in hopes of a better life One of my major pet peeves in the novel is the fate of the Outcast Women I found it ironic that Ezra would condone the expelling of these women, when some of the most prominent Biblical Patriarchs Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Boaz to name a few married non Jewish women The whole point I got from the book trilogy is that women like Sarah and Zipporah proved that being Jewish is NOT about being born into the religion, but making a conscious effort to The series shows over and over how different groups of people joined Abraham and Moses, and were welcomed with open arms I kept hoping a consolation would occur, that the foreign women and their children would be able to fully convert to Judaism and abide by the Mosaic Law But unfortunately that was not the case I did enjoy the ending sanctimonious Ezra thought he would go to bury his sister, a fallen forgotten woman Instead he was shocked at the celebration in honor of her Ezra saw her as just a pariah others saw her as a leader for the downtrodden.I also saw heavy parallels to the current sociopolitical situation in Israel, wherein the Conservative Orthodox Israeli factions Ezra and the Zealots and the secular progressive moderate Jews and Arabs Lilah and Outcasts are in constant conflict as to who Israel truly belongs to, and does religion really matter so much in a national identity when you don t live in a Theocracy


  5. says:

    I listened to the audio version of this book and found it riveting At times I was uncomfortable with the ongoing relationship between brother and sister and found myself challenged by their dynamics However, the most riveting and compelling part of the book focused on the role of the Persian empire all the way to the Queen and its power over the common person absolute dictator like control over who one marries, and ones very existencesounds a bit too much like the type of control ISIS is attempting to exert, and seems to be quite effective We here in the West do have issues with the way that religion dictates politics in the Middle East, Syria, etc However, when you did just below the surface, we here in the US are not really that different witness the recent case that went to the Human Rights Commission involving an employee of Moody s Diner.how because of this employee s relationship with the diner s owner s son, The owner holds strong religious beliefs , the owner felt entitled to pressure this employee in the name of Jesus It was truly amazing and also heart breaking to witness Lilah s decision to go up against her brother s obvious religious fervor LIfe is extremely messy, and it was amazing how this writer dealt with numerous complex issues Rosie HartzlerWIndham, Maine


  6. says:

    This is the story of Ezra s sister and the events leading up to and included in the book of Ezra in the bible I was disappointed to look up Lilah after reading the book and find out there was no such person mentioned in the bible Still, she could ve existed, and her inner turmoil could ve been as complex and painful as it was in this book Certainly when I read the book of Ezra in the bible I imagine the pain his work caused Personally, I don t think Ezra would ve spared his own sister if he had one I rate this book only a 3, but it s a relatively short and easy read Not a high price to pay in terms of time, and I got my money s worth.


  7. says:

    Listened to this on a road trip to from Vegas.The first half was GREAT The second half was so utterly depressing that it would have been a four star book if not for the sad ending It really left a damper on my mood Still an enjoyable read or listen in this case.


  8. says:

    Pleasant read, nothing spectacular I enjoyed the way that Ezra s story was brought to life as that is a book of the Bible that I haven t spent a lot of time contemplating.


  9. says:

    Ca m a prit le trajet de 16 jours pour pouvoir endurer 10% de ce livre Les premiers chapitres, avec le style maladroit et sec de Monsieur Halter, chouent de nous transfixer dans l histoire de Lilah et son amant Antinoes Ayant d j lu l entr e pr c dente de la s rie La Bible au F minin intitul e Tsippora , je me suis d j accoutum au style de Monsieur Halter, ce style d une lenteur exasp rante et tellement d taill qu il me fallait plusieurs jours pour retourner sur le chemin J ai en fait termin Tsippora avec un esprit d u cause d une fin qui a t press e et faible de mon point de vue En ce qui concerne Lilah malgr une connection brumeuse aux deux autres livres de la s rie qui r ussit m me si faiblement nous connecter ce monde de religion, mythe et amour le d collage de ce roman est tellement maigre qu on ne puisse avoir qu un sentiment d une histoire qui ne devait pas voir la lumi re d s sa cr ation dans l imagination de Monsieur Halter Bref, m me si je n ai pas eu le coeur de terminer ce roman aigre en fait, je n ai lu que 10% seulement des v nements d roulants , je peux en toute s ret ne pas recommander ce livre pour une lecture int ressante ni une lecture pour raison d tudes.


  10. says:

    My opinion on this was that it was not anything that particular or unique The story was quite interesting and the setting also The problem was that the story did not have much of interesting turn of events I liked the writing as it was very poetic and I liked how everything Lilah was described and how she described her own journey I liked Lilah s character, but I could not understand her real intentions At first, it was about sending her brother away to Jerusalem to get married to Antinoes Later on in the second part, she becomes passionate a bit like her brother for the faith of the Jewish people Her relationship with Antinoes was very beautiful and passionate, yet there wasn t any back story or explanation to their story Her relationship with her brother was also quite interesting In a way, I felt that it was too intimate for it to be like a brother and sister relationship I think that it was a normal thing back then for there to be brother and sister relationships and maybe in this way it was written The ending was quite sad It wasn t explained that well, as in the end Lilah dies with no explanation.


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