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Product Details

  • Paperback: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Backinprint.com (April 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595345271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595345274
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joel Gross? novels, including The Books of Rachel, have been selected by the Book of the Month Club and the Literary Guild. Also a playwright and screenwriter, Gross received his M.A. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is a member of PEN, the Dramatists Guild, and Writers Guild. Gross lives in New York City and Los Angeles.

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JOEL GROSS

Joel's ten published novels include THE BOOKS OF RACHEL. His play, MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE COLOR OF FLESH, is published by Dramatists Play Service. Joel has worked on films for Fox, Universal, Sony, and HBO. Joel has an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and is a member of P.E.N., the Dramatists Guild, the Writers Guild, and the Authors Guild.
www.joelgross.com

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Very interesting book and hard to put down.
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The reader of either book will be transported to a different place and era, surely learning something of that history along the way.
Rachel Elaine
The historical information is wonderfully researched, and the characters are fascinating and beautifully developed.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Elaine on February 10, 2007
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Published after its best-selling predecessor, "The Books of Rachel," this sequel - "The Lives of Rachel" - actually takes place during an earlier time period.

Like the prior book of author Joel Gross, this one is also divided into five parts, each one a depiction of the life of a particular Rachel, born of an ancient Jewish family. Part One takes place in Judea, 168 B.C., Part Two, in Rome, 63 B.C., Part Three, in London, 488 B.C. Part Four is set in the Byzantium empire during the year 756, and Part Five takes place in Mainz during the year 1096. Each Rachel is unique with a different story to share, yet similar in her nobility, strength, spirit of conviction, courage, beauty and in being either gifted in healing or in the possession of second sight.

Although the stories are each fiction, it would seem they were recorded from truthful history, so precise are the immaculate details saturating each. The reader of either book will be transported to a different place and era, surely learning something of that history along the way.

This book and "The Books of Rachel" are both equal favorites of mine. In addition to the intriguing stories, the writing is beautifully superb, flowing perfection.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Horne on April 22, 2012
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As with "The Books of Rachel", Joel Grosss has captured the history and religious feel of the ages. Tracing the lives of 5 different Rachels in the Cohen family through history, we find the richness of the family and the details of the ages. The "Lives of Rachel" is every bit as good as his original "Books of Rachel". Engrossing, well researched, a real page turner. Leaves one wondering why a movie deal has not been made for thiese, although it is doubtful that even a mini-series could capture the detail and history covered in these volumes.
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52 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Sherri in Georgia on August 21, 2012
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The book started out great, it provided good insight into the culture and region of that time. I was not at all prepared for the graphic sexual content, even thought it was presented as a part of the time and culture. Though I have tried to just skip over the sex scenes after being shocked by the first one, I find the content too troubling to even want to finish this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenni from the farm on January 5, 2013
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This is not a light read. It requires some work. There are some very graphic portions that serve the purpose of describing just how bad some situations were. It's obviously fiction but well-done fiction in that you are able to get a real sense of each time period and the social pressures that occurred in each unique situation. I felt that the end was just sort of tacked on. I have not read the prequel/sequel Books of Rachel that is mentioned in some other reviews. Perhaps when read together the ending makes more sense. I felt that this novel expanded my knowledge base of the Jewish diaspora and gave me a sense of empathy for some of the prejudices the Jewish people have suffered through the millenia. It was a worthwhile read but now I'm ready for a little fluff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GG on May 10, 2012
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History can be so ugly it makes me wonder how we all got here! This ties in with the Books of Rachel with more emphasis on the history than on the Rachels. It is a good companion to the Books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jenn J. on May 3, 2012
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Intriguing concept and definitely a page turner with great historical insight. It held my interest from beginning to the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GBASH on May 26, 2013
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Such a unique perspective. I was thoroughly engrossed from the beginning. One thing that struck me throughout the book was the issue of slavery. As an American it is very easy to see slavery as a sad part of our history and unique to us. It makes you remember the role slavery has portrayed historically. The nations that passed back and forth through history and slave owners turning into slaves and losing everything they had is frightening. They say history is written by the winners and there is truth in that. It is very easy to feel absolute sympathy for conquered nations forgetting at one time they were the conquerors. It's easy to feel like today the lines are written in stone regarding who lives where and what country belongs to what people but I'm sure that people felt that throughout history. The "We are too big to fail" is a simplistic view of our global geography and if history is any indication not true at all. I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. It is a long story and very engrossing. I love that it was written from a woman's perspective and how the book flowed throughout various times in history. Not a light read. Well written. Worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Ogden on January 3, 2013
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I've read both of the Rachel books and really enjoyed them. Not light reading at all but worth the time. I'm a big fan of strong, women and the Rachels are truly amazing, spiritual women.
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