- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 4 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: November 13, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009WUEBB8
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Well, Mr. Wouk wants nothing to do with this. Meetings are refused until a rabbi intervenes. Ultimately, it is revealed that the epic film's funding--through unconventional sources--rests upon Wouk's participation. Under duress, he agrees to act as a consultant to the film, with final script approval. A screenwriter for this all-but-unwritable film must be found. Enter Margo Solovei, a young, independent film auteur who has eschewed her orthodox Jewish upbringing. And it is actually Margo who is at the novel's heart, as she pursues this project while dealing with producers, directors, actors, Herman Wouk, and any number of people tying her to her roots.
I doubt I can express how much I loved this novel! Oh, how I laughed! It's true that I am Jewish, and that I have worked in the film industry, so it's possible that the tale "spoke" to me more than it might to some, but Wouk's satire is dead on. Not just of an industry, but of human nature. I guess nearly a century of life gives a man some perspective. Also, as the Booklist reviewer astutely pointed out, there are subtle reflections of Wouk's classic 1955 coming of age novel, Marjorie Morningstar, adding an additional layer of pleasure for fans such as myself. It's really quite amazing the various themes and commentaries that Mr. Wouk manages to work into this slender novel.Read more ›
I was surprised by a short and satisfying novel that reeks of modernity in its epistolary format using only letters, tape recordings, e-mails, text messages, fax and even Skype between the main characters (including HW and his wife) to tell the story. The prose adapts to each method of correspondence and is as sharp, and probably more learned and philosophical than his more action-packed stories from earlier days.
This may not be a book for everyone as it is essentially Jewish, and especially American Jewish which, as a Protestant Australian, is far outside my cultural and religious comfort zone. But the writing and the passion for the subject, and especially for the characters kept me mesmerised and fully entertained.
Basically, the initial plot is that HW (in the book) has long dreamed of writing a novel about the life of Moses, the prophet who is at the foundation of all three of the world's the major monotheistic religions and "the most humble man in the world". The project had only got to the stage of a yellowed, almost empty folder at the bottom of a drawer when HW is approached by a leading Jewish filmmaker to write a screenplay about the life of Moses, to be financed by a Jewish billionaire from Australia.Read more ›
-- From an email in response to the author's query about developing a screenplay based on the life of Moses.
At age 97, the renowned and beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE CAINE MUTINY, MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR, and what many have claimed to be the best World War II novel and television series of the century, THE WINDS OF WAR, pitched the idea to a potential Hollywood producer. No stranger to working with screen and stage adaptations of his bestselling novels, Wouk had been trying to figure out a way to tell the authentic story of Moses, so abysmally treated, in his opinion, by Cecil B. DeMille and various authors over the years.
Wouk felt that no mere novel --- at least one that didn't run 2,000 pages and cause a hernia to hold --- could accurately portray the story of the man who became the father of western religion. The Koran, the Torah and the Old Testament are all based on what Moses created during his remarkable lifetime, and Wouk finally came to the conclusion that only a Steven Spielberg-type treatment, complete with CGI and high definition, could possibly come close to paying the great prophet proper justice.
THE LAWGIVER comes to life in what can be best described as an epistolary novel by an ancient, self-effacing man pursing a life-long dream. It consists of emails, memos, faxes, phone calls, Skype transmissions, texts and margin notes between himself, multi-billionaire potential investors, a scientist developing a futuristic energy source, lawyers, a young award-winning screenwriter, an unknown Australian actor, and central to it all, his adored wife and agent of over 60 years, Betty Sarah Wouk, to whom he refers as BSW.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was about how to do a story on Moses, not on the life of Moses or his impact upon the world stage. I felt that the author put an interesting story together. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Willie J Packer
I didn't find this book very engaging. It was a quick enough read, though.Published 3 months ago by Lisa Barnhart
It was an enjoyable, quick read, but the language and characters seemed old fashioned and not 21st century.Published 5 months ago by Sushimoo
I’ve only made it to chapter 4 in the audio book version, but I am instantly taken by Mr. Wouk’s technique. It hearkens back to his Lomokome Papers. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Hopeless with computers
The book is bad enough if you read it, but i listened to the audio version. I managed to get
through the first 2 discs, but couldn't take it anymore. Awful. Read more
When you read this book the characters become part of your life and you really miss them when the book ends.
A wonderful read.
Wouk is nearly 100 years old and he's still "got it." This is a competent, workmanlike job. Not his best, but for a near-centenarian, an amazing accomplishment. Read morePublished 12 months ago by New River Valley Outdorsman
This was a choice for a book club discussion. The group loved it for several reasons....it was short, it was different... Read morePublished 14 months ago by jag220