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Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana [Hardcover]

By Anne Rice (Author)
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Item description for Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana by Anne Rice...

A second volume in the author's series of novels chronicling the life of Christ begins prior to his baptism in the Jordan River and concludes with the miracle at Cana, as he leaves his everyday life in Nazareth to confront his destiny, the Devil's temptations, and the call to be Israel's liberator from Roman occupation. 500,000 first printing.

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Anne Rice's second book in her hugely ambitious and courageous life of Christ begins during his last winter before his baptism in the Jordan and concludes with the miracle at Cana.
It is a novel in which we see Jesus--he is called Yeshua bar Joseph--during a winter of no rain, endless dust, and talk of trouble in Judea.
Legends of a Virgin birth have long surrounded Yeshua, yet for decades he has lived as one among many who come to the synagogue on the Sabbath. All who know and love him find themselves waiting for some sign of the path he will eventually take.
And at last we see him emerge from his baptism to confront his destiny--and the Devil. We see what happens when he takes the water of six great limestone jars, transforms it into cool red wine, is recognized as the anointed one, and urged to call all Israel to take up arms against Rome and follow him as the prophets have foretold.
As with "Out of Egypt," the opening novel, "The Road to Cana "is based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship. The book's power derives from the profound feeling its author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the presence of Jesus.

From Publishers Weekly
In the New Testament, the miracle at the wedding at Cana where Jesus turned water into wine marks the commencement of his tumultuous three-year ministry. In Rice's beautifully observed novel, a sequel to 2005's Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, however, the wedding miracle is in fact the culmination of an intimate family saga of love, sorrow and misunderstanding. As the novel opens, Yeshua (Jesus) struggles with a sense of restlessness of purpose and a deep love for a comely kinswoman. Waves of isolation sweep over him as he comes to understand that serving the Lord's will takes precedence over the desires of his own heart. Whereas the first novel in this series hewed so closely to Scripture and to the author's meticulous research as to be somewhat arid as fiction, this book, imagining the "lost" young adulthood of Jesus, offers wise and haunting speculation where the Bible is silent. And the final chapters, which pick up the story with the New Testament's accounts of Jesus' baptism, temptation and early miracles, manage to be soulfully insightful even while faithfully tracking the Gospels. Rice undertakes a delicate balance: if it is possible to create a character that is simultaneously fully human and fully divine, as ancient Christian creeds assert, then Rice succeeds. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana by Anne Rice has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • LJ Best Books of Year - 12/01/2008 page 67
  • Library Journal Prepub Alert - 11/01/2007 page 42
  • Booklist - 12/15/2007 page 4
  • Kirkus Reviews - 01/15/2008 page 64
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/04/2008 page 40
  • Entertainment Weekly - 03/07/2008 page 95
  • Library Journal - 03/15/2008 page 60
  • Wilson Fiction Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 769
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books - 11/03/2008 page 32
  • LJ Best Books of Year - 12/15/2008 page 67
  • Wilson Fiction Catalog - 01/01/2009 page 77

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Item Specifications...

Format: Deckle Edge
Studio: Knopf
Pages   241
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 4, 2008
Publisher   Knopf
Series  Christ The Lord  
ISBN  1400043522  
ISBN13  9781400043521  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Anne Rice is the author of thirty-two books. She lives in Palm Desert, California.

Anne Rice currently resides in New Orleans, in the state of Louisiana. Anne Rice was born in 1941.

Anne Rice has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christ the Lord
  2. Lives of the Mayfair Witches
  3. Songs of the Seraphim
  4. Vampire Chronicles
  5. Vampire Chronicles (Hardcover)
  6. Vampire Chronicles (Paperback)
  7. Wolf Gift Chronicles

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Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana  Mar 31, 2010
I am not finished reading this, but it is proving to be as interesting to me as the first in this series from Anne Rice. The depth of historical and theological research is astounding.
Well done, once again, Mrs. Rice.
The Road to Canna  Mar 8, 2010
I thoroughly enjoy reading this book. It fascinates me how Anne Rice portrays Jesus feelings and thoughts - interrelating passages from the Bible.
An excellent 2nd book!  Mar 4, 2010
This is an excellent second entry in a story I thought I knew. These 2 books have filled in the majority of what the life of Christ could have been like, not just an open mystery. Yes, it is fiction, but Ann Rice puts everything she has into keeping this story as historicly and humanly acurate as is possible and has given me much to ponder. Anne Rice's writing gets better with each and every story she tells. Quite greedely, I pray for her a long and satisfying life.
Christ The Lord The Road to Cana  Feb 18, 2010
I really liked this book. It makes the Bible come alive. You can imagine how people lived in those times. Anne Rice is such a good storyteller, she can weave a story, so you think you were there.Its easy to read and her story flows from the beginning to the end. If you like biblical novels, this book is a great read.
Christ The Robot  Feb 17, 2010
"GOOD LORD," - How Contrived!

I've endured her lack of proper punctuation for decades, even enjoyed the surreal effects she's had on my brains hemispheres in running two disparate sentences together sans semi-colons (I think she's used TWO of them in toto, in ALL of her previous books LOL) but if she gets any sloppier it will pass from merely disjointed into the realm of unintelligible entirely.

She is clearly an idolater at heart, spinning shiny-shiny bling images, and merely categorical idols, together in previously-interesting mental Mosaics, but in these books on Jesus Christ she goes FAR too far in so-doing.

Her "Jesus" constantly refers to His First Person self as "Christ The Lord," a redundancy if ever there was one, for the Christ means merely The Messiah... He thus only self identifies as "The Messiah, The Lord." Why not keep going, then? As: "The Messiah, The Lord, The Greatest, The Etcetera...!?"


I'm afraid she has simply taken Catholic-Church-approved and vetted lists of "facts" and strung them all together... her robotic version of Christ acts as a somnambulist, whose empty head serves merely as an echo-chamber for the thoughts of others; a hologram image of Christ derived from centuries of wary and self-flagellating committee-thinking.

I 'Believe' it's merely an evasive way for her to cover up and obscure her own true self, to avoid some navel-gazing sense of "guilt," to avoid censure and blame, in case of missing some niggling, sacred 'detail,' in the odious way of ritualization; some sort of myopically self-entranced, hop-scotch stations of the cross re-enactment.

She is inflicting some sort of internalized, delusive and masochistic penance on herself, in writing these wooden books... and we, her loyal admirers, are thus-forced to suffer along with her, albeit not in precisely the same way.

And it reflects so-poorly upon her; her writing has become laboured and boring. Her own inserted self's ex-machina 'Bruria' character, still merely speaks in the same tired voice of her ancient L'estat. The Ego has Landed, shot down by Time.

Moi? I so-miss the 'real' Anne Rice, whose earliest work actually inspired me to better see myself in the mirror, as the blonde and not the Blasco; I had given her such kudos in killing the old ennui, that to see her own mind dessicate like this is a real Tragedy of Error - what she no-doubt would still-regard as 'Sin.'

Has she herself become merely an empty-minded husk, drained of her great and apparently now merely previous potential, a tired, dust-filled puppet mummer of the Company line of the millenniae of time-worn and soon-irrelevant religious self- Salesmen?

And the back cover actually disengeneously states that: "The book's power derives from the profound feeling the author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the presence of Jesus."

*This* book's "Power?!" ...and... "Feeling...?" ...and...

"Summons UP?!" What a put-Down!


I snap my fingers: Anne! Come back to us! Awaken!

We - all - so-miss... the real you!

Your own Dear, Friend,

~Uncle Vladdi~


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