Saturday, August 20, 2016

677 (2016 #32). Sarah

by Marek Halter,
read by Kate Burton

I was listening to a very long e-audiobook when its checkout period expired, and had to get on a wait list to finish it.  I searched for a shorter audiobook to listen to in the meantime, and found this abridged version of Marek Halter's novel, the first in his "Canaan Trilogy" about Biblical women.

Halter takes the wife of Abraham and primarily weaves a backstory for her.  He ignores the possibility that Sarah was actually Abraham's half-sister, and instead makes her the daughter of a lord of Ur.  He comes up with an interesting premise for her infertility and her lasting beauty.

I very much enjoyed this novel.  It is fiction, so it does not bother me at all that Halter took "liberties" with Sarah's story.  Her story (as well as that of Abraham, his father Terah, and so on) is slightly different in the Biblical book of Genesis, in rabbinic tradition, and in Islam, and there is no other historical source material, so she is a perfect character for fiction.

I was surprised to learn author Marek Halter is a man, as the book has a somewhat feminist tone, and the female voice rings true.  I felt he depicted life at that time - especially for women - quite well.

The audiobook was an abridgment; nevertheless, there was still plenty of description of the settings of the story.  Kate Burton (daughter of Richard Burton) was the narrator.  Her deeper voice was fitting, but I felt the book was read too quickly - or sped up to make it fit in just four discs.


© Amanda Pape - 2016

[This audiobook was borrowed from and returned to my university library.]

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