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Outline ReviewFrom New York Times bestselling author Orson Scott Card comes the finely crafted novel of Sarah, about a beautiful and courageous Jewish woman who changed the course of history through her faith, wisdom, and commitment to her husband, Abraham. As a man writing from a woman's perspective, Card nevertheless shows great perspicacity. Sarah's range of emotions is credible, including her fear as she pretends to be Abraham's sister in order to fool the Egyptian pharaoh Neb-Towi-Re, and her pain as she deals with her barrenness. Later, the kindness Sarah showers on Hagar, her personal handmaid, conflicts believably with her agonizing jealousy over her decision to let Abraham father a child with Hagar. Card's research for the book results in detailed descriptions that help make it memorable, from the practice of religion and styles of dress to the accounts of desert and city life. He succeeds in offering a memorable tale for both those who are interested in biblical women as part of their faith and readers who just enjoy a good story. --Cindy Crosby
Product Description Sarai was a child of ten years, wise for her age but not yet a woman, when she first met Abram. He appeared before her in her father's house, filthy from the desert, tired and thirsty. But as the dirt of travel was washed from his body, the sight of him filled her heart. And when Abram promises Sarai to return in ten years to take her for his wife, her fate was sealed.
Abram kept his promise, and Sarai kept hers they were wed, and so joined the royal house of Ur with the high priesthood of the Hebrews. So began a lifetime of great joy together, and greater peril: and with the blessing of their God, a great nation would be built around the core of their love.
Bestselling author Orson Scott Card uses his fertile imagination, and uncanny insight into human nature, to tell the story of a unique woman--one who is beautiful, tough, smart, and resourceful in an era when women had little power, and are scarce in the historical record. Sarah, child of the desert, wife of Abraham, takes on vivid reality as a woman desirable to kings, a devoted wife, and a faithful follower of the God of Abraham, chosen to experience an incomparable miracle.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 6.5" Height: 1.5" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2000
ISBN 1570089949 ISBN13 9781570089947
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More About Orson Scott Card
Best known for his science fiction novels Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, Orson Scott Card has written in many other forms and genres. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelette version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog.
The novel-length version of Ender's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.
While Card's early science fiction stories and novels were earning attention (Card won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer in 1978), he supported his family primarily by writing scripts for audiotapes produced by Living Scriptures of Ogden, Utah.
Later, in the mid-1980s, while the novel version of Ender's Game and its sequel Speaker for the Dead were winning the Hugo and Nebula awards, he also wrote the screenplays for animated children's videos from the New Testament and Book of Mormon.
Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.
He is the author many novels, from the 18 science fiction books set in the Ender Universe, to the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), to stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.
Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, where his primary activities are writing a review column for the local Rhinoceros Times and feeding birds, squirrels, chipmunks, possums, and raccoons on the patio.
Harlan Ellison has written or edited 75 books and more than 1700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns as well as two dozen teleplays and a dozen motion pictures. He won the Hugo award nine times, the Nebula award three times, the Bram Stoker award six times (including The Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996), the Edgar Allan Poe Award of the Mystery Writers of America twice, the Georges Melies fantasy film award twice, and was awarded the Silver Pen for Journalism by PEN, the international writer's union. Harlan has garnered two Audie Awards for the best in audio recordings. Along with Stefan Rudnicki and other narrators, Harlan read the 20th anniversary edition of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, published by Macmillan Audio.
Stefan Rudnicki was born in Poland and now resides in Studio City, California. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, and has participated in more than a thousand as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He is a recipient of multiple Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as a Grammy Award as an audiobook producer. Along with casts of other narrators, Stefan has read a number of Orson Scott Card's best-selling science fiction novels, published by Macmillan Audio. In reviewing the 20th anniversary edition audiobook of Card's Ender's Game, Publishers Weekly stated, "Card's phenomenal emotional depth comes through in the quiet, carefully paced speech of each performer...In particular, Rudnicki, with his lulling, sonorous voice, does a fine job articulating Ender's inner struggle between the kind, peaceful boy he wants to be and the savage, violent actions he is frequently forced to take. This is a wonderful way to experience Card's best-known and most celebrated work, both for longtime fans and for newcomers."
Orson Scott Card currently resides in Greensboro, in the state of North Carolina. Orson Scott Card was born in 1951.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sarah: Women of Genesis?
I recommend it! Sep 29, 2008
Wonderful storytelling, as always with Card. This was a great way to get you thinking about the women in the Bible, and the faith it took for them to live a life devoted to God and their husbands.
I very much enjoyed Card's comments at the end explaining how he researched the stories, and why he changed things in order to make a biblical story into a novel. Even if it's fictional, it's fun to take a peak into an ancient world and it gives one a thoughtful perspective, and maybe even some motivation to be more faithful. I'm a better person for having read this book.
Too much religious whacko crap Sep 14, 2008
I was looking for science fiction. Instead I got a double handful of religious crap. Someone already wrote this story. If I wanted to read this crap, I'd read the original, not that the original is any better.
I don't mind that Card wasted his time with this book, but it should come with a warning label: Warning - Religious crap.
Then I would know not to spend my time and money on it.
Not sci-fi- but as well crafted as always Jul 17, 2008
I have to start this by saying I am already a fan of Orson Scott Card's other books, and have read just about everything he's ever written. I also am not religious and normally shy away from books and movie with religious overtones, but I ordered this book by accident off of one of those "Look your favorite author has a book you don't own" lists.
I was originally disappointed when I found out that the book was based on a bible story, but instead of returning the book I decided to read it. I have to admit that as a story, it was as well written and crafted as any other OSC novel or story has been. While I am in no way religious in my adult life, I am familiar with the basic stories of the bible and liked the depth of the characters not portrayed in other classic bible stories.
In the end, even though it was an unexpected OSC book, I appreciated and enjoyed it.
Even atheists like this book! Feb 8, 2008
Well, this atheist does, anyway.
I found the first in Card's Women of Genesis series to be engaging and exciting reading. Being a great fan of "ancient times" historical fiction, I have never been opposed to cracking open a good Biblical fiction novel in spite of my personal beliefs (or lack thereof). Yet I am very familiar with the Bible and I found myself amazed that Card was able to construct such a deep story from the brief mentions of Sarah's life in the Book of Genesis.
I've read most of the other reviews here and I know that many people were disappointed by Card's decision to tinker with the Biblical writings to make his Women of Genesis novels flow more logically. For example, the Bible states that Lot's wife is turned to a pillar of salt when she turns back to look on Sodom's destruction, but Card has her running back into the city to be killed when "fire from Heaven" (a comet? the falling brimstone of a volcanic eruption?) rains down on the city. As a person who does not believe in the inerrant and literal truth of the Bible, yet appreciates it as a look into the lives of an ancient civilization, I found myself even more enthusiastic about Card's take on the Biblical story when this and other ambiguous "acts of God" were revealed in Sarah.
The logical, rational handling of Biblical stories in Sarah makes for truly enjoyable historical fiction, whether you're religious or not. Card's God (as a character) is rather easy to interpret as a real god or as simply the spiritual conviction of Abrahm and Sarai, as the reader prefers. I find his sensitive handling of a potentially controversial character/concept to be a testament to his talent as a writer and his respect for readers of all beliefs.
I also own the audio version of this book (which is awesome, by the way) and it includes a really excellent afterword by the author, in which he explains his reasons for choosing a nonliteral interpretation of Biblical events. I practically cheered as he explained how he could imagine that the original tales told in Genesis could have been expanded and elaborated and mixed up over time, so that they turned into something more mystical and improbable than the literal, historical truth of the story. What a rare thing to read a book written by a profoundly religious man who still chose to treat human history with the dignity of logic and rationality.
Additionally, the depiction of Egyptian life was well done. Card obviously does his research before sitting down to his keyboard.
I highly recommend this book to any lover of historical fiction, whether they are religious or not. It is not just a good work of Biblical fiction - it is simply an enjoyable and entertaining novel all around.
Not quite right Oct 19, 2007
The plot was okay other then too much dialouge and people argueing, but after reading three books in the series of Women in Genensis I was increasingly trouble by things the books claim didn't happen. Of course I know this is fiction and the author has every right to fill in missing places of the Bible with speculation and imagination, but to repeatly have the characters claim a part of the Bible isn't true distrubs me. At least twice in two of the books it's said that Isaac never tried to pass his wife off as his sister like Abraham did. However the Bible says they did. If the author didn't like that part of the story he could have just left it out, not called the Bible false. There are other Bibical problems with the books, but I wouldn't fault the author for not being totally bibically correct. We can't memorize the whole Bible and get every detail right. I may have kept reading his books anyway because I do really like that a central theme in the books is that there's only God and He loves us and has a wonderful plan for us even when it doesn't seem likely. However something I read in the afterword of the book Sarah made me reject any more of his books. If you don't mind the quote it said, "...I believe in the Bible so seriously that I think it really is what it claims to be - a record, written by men, of stories that seemed important and truthful to them at the time of writing, using the standards of truth available to them at the time. This means that the idea of inerrancy of Biblical scripture is silly on its face." The Bible never claims to be just a book of records. It is inerrant as evidence by how little it has changed over the centuries. We can't just pick and choose what we want to believe or there really isn't a guidline. Maybe next an author will say not all of the ten comandments are real and God probably didn't really tell people not to murder. Maybe that's unlikely, but you get the idea.