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- Print Length: 422 pages
- Publication Date: April 17, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CF83WCI
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Wills's debut novel tackles concepts as audacious as Dan Brown's, but her writing far surpasses his. Historical characters "write" much of the novel. The voices of Moses, Eli, and especially Mary, leap to vivid life, describing struggles of ancient peoples whose human flaws resonate even today.
This is a literate, intelligent examination of myth, power, and politics that demonstrates a deep understanding of human psychology and its need to explain the unknown. This novel will challenge ingrained beliefs of centuries and may shake up readers of many faiths. But the questions raised by this author are worthy of examination and contemplation.
This book will stay with you long after you've finished it.
The tablets become the vehicle Wills uses to present elements of the last two centuries of biblical and religious scholarship that challenges the literal reading of the Bible. She rejects both the fundamentalist account of God as the Great Watchmaker whose hand has designed all that is and continues to have a hand in all earthly events, and the positivist scientism which rejoices in dethroning the idea of the Great Watchmaker. The answer is more complicated. Moses is not the Charlton Heston of The Ten Commandments, but a canny runaway slave who understands the power of religious drama and the necessity of a moral code to build a nation that transcends ancient tribal loyalties. Her graphic description of the first "oath-taking" among what would become the nation of Israel made me laugh at the same that it made my skin crawl. Her accounts of other actors and events in the Judeo-Christian tradition are similarly iconoclastic. Not all of these events recorded on the tablets necessarily reflect scholarly consensus, but this is a work of fiction, after all.
And what is the impact of the tablets on contemporary politics in the Middle East? The politicians in Remarkable Silence are not ready to give up the religious ideas and myths that, in Wills's view, stand in the way of a clear-eyed view of the issues and solutions to the many challenges facing the people of the Middle East, whether Jew, Christian, or Muslim. Summoning such courage will have to wait for another day, perhaps the day when another canny risk-taker and leader like Moses takes the stage again. Julia Navarro (The Bible of Clay) and other biblical mystery writers, make room for Karen Wills.