This was a thought-provoking and enjoyable read. Scott Card admits that he took some liberties with the Biblical facts and you must know that going into the read. That said, it is interesting, exciting, and frames Sarah as an extremely important part of Abraham's journey through life.
Wow, this is a slowly paced book and an even slower read narriation. I found myself putting my ipod playback speed on 'faster' to try to make it bearable. If I had it to buy again, I would pass.
The characters had no depth, although they may not have been the reader's fault.
I truly enjoyed some of the flourishes added to the story to make the characters feel so real. Such as making Sarai an actual princess of a minor impoverished house, or providing a reasonable explanation for why Pharaoh would want anything to do with these desert people. Those aspects, while fictional, were reasonable possible truths and gave the story some interest, filling in historical gaps in the Bible.
But, if you are looking for a Biblically accurate account of the basis for this story, offering a Biblical perspective on the actions and reactions of Sarah, Abraham, and their kin, then this story is not for you. Orson Scott Card explains some of the choices he made in a short interview at the end of the book. The reasons he gives to defend these characters' actions are Biblically incorrect and actually contradict the moral standards set by the Bible. For example, the Judeo-Christian God as presented in the Bible does NOT allow for immorality of any degree for the purposes of "saving the righteous from destruction" as Orson Scott Card states at the end. The Bible is ridden with examples of people suffering and even dying for the Truth. The righteous are not promised any sort of protection from persecution, in fact Jesus promises that those who follow him will be persecuted. So sorry, Mr. Card, but this is not a Biblical account of Sarah, as you claim, but an account of Sarah through the very skewed lens of the Mormon belief system. Which, by the way, does not present a God consistent with the Judeo-Christian God at all. The Mormon God and his "truths" are ever-changing based on the whims of a human prophet. The Judeo-Christian God claims to be singular and constant throughout all ages, revealing himself through the Bible alone, a collection of books in which His truth is constant and never contradicting itself. Whether you believe that or not, is for you to search out and determine for yourself, and if you see a contradiction, keep reading and let God show you how it actually all fits together.
This Sarah, and even this Abraham, are not the same ones depicted in Genesis. In Genesis, we are presented with both their righteousness and their unrighteousness, and encouraged to see how God's plan continues and His promises are fulfilled despite the mistakes we make. This book tries to portray sin as something that is permissible for the righteous to pursue their own (or excuse me, "God's") ends. That is just a perversion of God and the Bible, and whether or not you believe in the Bible, that is not what is presented in it.
Not any biblical books. He took the story of Sarah the matriarch of the Hebrew nation and turned it into a sweet fairy tail. If you want to read a more truthful account (even though they are still all fiction) Read "Sarah" by Marek Halter. It is much closer to biblical accounts as to what actually happened during this time. I am familiar with Old and New Testament and Mr Card who is a wonderful writer of SiFi just tried to make this into a more Christian tale. It doesn't work,
No. First it is a poor account of the matriarch, 2 it was made to sound to much like a Christian story, 3 many of the thing that happened he cleaned up and made it fit his story line. Sarah was not given to Abraham by her father, Abraham came and had to take her from the city. Many facts were just wrong. That really bothered me. I am an Atheist, however as I said I have studied the text of both Old and New Testament. (which I believe are both great works of fiction) none the less you can't change what happened unless you're making a completely different story.
The performance was passionless, just like the story it's self. This is a story about a man and a woman who started a nation. Not a teenage fling.
Glad I read the other "Sarah" first by Marek Halter. (A world of difference in story line and narration; Bernadette Dune. Much more passion and emotion about the beliefs and how they came upon them
Abraham didn't believe for sure in the one God until after he and Sarah marry and are many years in turmoil. Mr. Card makes you believe that Abraham brought the one god to Sarah before they married. NOT. Many facts are wrong. and Mr. Card really pushes the Christian edge to this story. Mr Card is a Mormon so his writing will reflect that. I feel badly that the author of "The End Game" was a real disappointment.
Very disappointed in this book coming from Orson Scott Card. He missed a great opportunity to have this epic story told from Sarah's point of view come alive.