Challenge: For two books clubs in June
Genre/Theme: Imaginative Historical Fiction
Type/Source: eBook / Kindle
What It’s About: Sue Monk Kidd allowed her imagination to spark in this possible version of a wife of Jesus. She drew upon the real setting and times, history – events – culture. And threw in a lot independence and fiery determination.
The reader first meets Ana who is the only child of a high ranking government official who indulges his daughter’s thirst for knowledge. She fights against an arranged marriage to an old schemer, …
“Few girls find happiness in the beginning, but this is a marriage of honor. You will want for nothing.” I will want for everything.
… and meets Jesus in the marketplace. Things happen, etc. and then some, eventually Ana lives a most unusual but not impossible life. Kidd had fun with this and she delivers.
Thoughts: I thought this very well done. I did have a few questions, and warning – these are somewhat spoilery:
- What was the reasoning for not having Ana know about Jesus rising from the dead. Obviously, to assume an answer is to suggest it was a good way to end the tale. With Jesus dying, Ana can move on with her life as a widow and be able to pursue a goal to share her voice.
- Did Mary NOT tell Jesus about his status – if that is the right word – about how she became pregnant and what the angels told her? She seemed not to be ‘in the know’ like I would expect. I did like Mary, as she was presented as a very kind woman.
According to Judith and Berenice, the only women who write are sinners and necromancers. I ask you, how do they know this?(For Jeanne of Necromancy Never Pays)
Rating: Four slices of pie. Pie? No mentions that I noticed. Doesn’t fit the time period.
A thin, gray hopelessness crept into the air. I didn’t want them to give up. It was true I no longer believed in the God of rescue, only the God of presence, but I believed in Sophia, who whispered bravery and wisdom in my ear day and night, if I would only listen, and I tried now to do that, to listen.
I bless the largeness within you. I wish nurturing for your creativity and may you be brave.
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