Monday, March 17, 2008

The Gospel According to Anne Rice

3/17/2008--Anne Rice, former chronicler of vampires, former pornographer, is now writing books about Jesus. Well, if the prodigal son could return…. Her second novel of this genre is Christ the Lord: the Road to Cana, which came out March 4. An excerpt was published in World Magazine’s March 1 issue.

Like most efforts to retell the content of the Bible, the book is not very good. Why do writers do this? Why not leave the Bible alone? Even Sholem Asch could not carry it off.

In addition to not being well-written or interesting in any way, the excerpt is mindlessly literal. Rice’s Satan is simply another character. Her Jesus just so perfect. The Bible itself, in contrast, is light-handed. The Bible is open even to us secularists.

I have a suggestion to Ms. Rice. Write about God in this world we know. You are the one who could do it. No miracles. No supernatural beings. Show us God in the flesh, if you will pardon the expression.

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