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The Sorry Tale: A Story of the Time of Christ Paperback – June, 1976

ISBN-13: 978-0787309817 ISBN-10: 0787309818

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  • Paperback: 644 pages
  • Publisher: Mokelumne Hill Pr (June 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787309818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787309817
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,295,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anything written by Pearl Curran, Patience Worth, or Casper Yost is worth reading.
devin6@uslink.net
And, unless one starts from the beginning, it's easy to get confused because some characters have several names.
Charles J. Mertz
The story is a history of the Jews and the Roman's over them in Jerusalem and extending into Nazareth.
Judith A. Gauntt

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Mertz on August 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a story of the time of Christ, but not really a story about Christ. It is a rich exotic story of peoples and cultures 2000 years ago, rich in detail, color, customs and smells of daily life, probably impossible to know unless one had lived there at that time and perhaps, Patience Worth, the author, really did! The circumstances surrounding the writing of this book are part of an enigma of spirit posession, multiple personality and past life recall. Perhaps it is unrefutable evidence of life after death. Whatever it is, the reader will come away from it with indelible images of daily life of Romans, Greeks, and Jews at the time of Christ. It fills in many of the gaps in the biblical story of the time of Jesus Christ through the telling of the life of Theia, a concubine slave and dancer for Roman nobels and her illegitimate son, Hate sired by Tiberius, one of the Roman nobels. An intricately woven story of three lives, Panda---Theia's handman; Hatte---Theia's son Hate; and Jesus Christus. The story culminates with Theia, Hatte and Jesus alone at the crucifixion in a final scene where Theia dances through the night around the cross on which her son was crucified next to the cross of Jesus. In the morning, she is found dead at the foot of the crosses stained with the royal blood of Jesus and her son Hatte. It's unforgettable.
The construction is sometimes difficult to follow and it takes some getting used to certain word usage. It's written as an observer would see and hear it. Often times there is no introduction of characters, they just walk into the scene and start talking as if everyone knows who they are and probably everyone there at the time did know, but it is sometimes confusing to the reader in this day and age.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1997
Format: Paperback
Those of you familiar with the story behind Patience Worth will marvel over this writing. It includes an exceptional amount of detail concerning the era, and a large amount of feeling. The story behind Patience Worth makes this book all the more fascinating. Is she a voice from the past or was she really there?

The book is set in Roman times around the life of Christ. One gets a feel for the way people lived, the houses they lived in, and the hardships endured. The story of the passion of Christ is unparalleled.

It is only fair to say that to read this book the reader will have to work. It is written in an ancient style of English and makes for some getting used to. In addition, there are some instances where the editor needs to interpret some of the words used by Patience. In any event, it wouldn't matter if it was written by Patience or anyone else. It remains one of the most powerful stories I have ever read, and makes for a book which the reader will have a hard time trying to put down.

If you choose to read this book, be prepared to spend some time on it, and experience greatness first hand.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
After reading about the Patience Worth phenomenon and the high praise this book received on its literary style and content after publicaton in 1916, I searched for a copy. My elation at finally finding a copy was surpassed by the sense of exultation I experienced after reading it. The story is complex, but interesting. It creates an uncanny sense that you are reading an eye-witness account of the events described in the story. It is the only 600 page book I have ever felt compelled to re-read, not once, but twice. It is a story of Christ, but more so, it is a story of fate, religious beliefs, and the irony of life, interwoven with a fairly unbiased view of the political and social settings during the time of Christ. It is suspenseful, humorous, and moving, particularly the last few chapters and the description of the crucifixion. Roy Franc Baas
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Judith A. Gauntt on January 30, 2005
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This story is not easy to begin reading as it's written in an old English style. But it's well worth the effort - this book was never edited, just a straight dictation from a spirit and it ranks right up there among the best books I've ever read. It is the story of the parallel lives of love [Jesus Christus] and hate [Hate/Hatte]; their birth aligned [both were born in the most low circumstance at the same time in Bethlehem] and how the population denied both their birthrights [one was the Son of God and the other the illegitimate son of Tiberius through a nobeled mother] and how one stood strong and lifted up the people and the other weakened and cast fear on the people. Their lives touched periodically with the hate mocking love continually until they came together at the end and died on the hill, each bearing his own cross. And when things could get no worse for Hatte, he let go of his hate and Jesus Christus welcomed him into the arms of the Father, as he did to the thief who was already positioned on his cross before Jesus and Hatte arrived at the hill. The story is a history of the Jews and the Roman's over them in Jerusalem and extending into Nazareth. It's a book that I cannot rank high enough.
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