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About the Author

Lloyd Cassel Douglas (1877-1951) began his writing career in midlife, after working for many years as a minister. He gained international fame with his novels Magnificent Obsession 91929) and The Robe (1942).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (April 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395957753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395957752
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. VELLKY on February 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a classic many recognize in the movie version, I'd have to say to anyone that has seen the movie and not read the book, you're missing a lot. The movie is a cheap imitation of a novel that sucks you in from page one and doesn't let go until the end. Rarely do I read a book more than once ... I have read this book several times. Some authors have the inherent ability to draw you into the world they've created. Some authors possess the uncanny talent to make you really know the characters - love them or hate them. Some authors can make you feel as though you're walking side by side with the characters, living with them and enduring their emotions, seeing the things that they see. Some authors just have IT, and Lloyd C. Douglas is one of them.

The sweeping pageantry of one man's quest to find truth in a world corrupted is a quest that will stay with you long after the final page has been turned. Without giving too much away, the quick synopsis would be this: The story begins with Marcellus Gallio, the son of the rich Roman Senator Marcus Lucan Gallio, being commissioned to take command of the Roman fort at Minoa (Gaza). His trusted slave and friend, Demetrius, makes the journey with him, and they find at the fort a desolate scrap of land and a group of ruthless ruffians who don't take kindly to leadership. Marcellus takes firm control at Minoa, and it is from here that he and Demetrius end up in Jerusalem during Passover. It is at this particular Passover that Jesus is tried under Pontius Pilate and crucified. The detachment from Minoa, lead by Marcellus, is ordered to execute Jesus. During the Crucifixion, the officers get drunk to avoid the harsh reality of the task they've been assigned. They start to gamble and at one point, they gamble for Christ's robe.
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By A Customer on April 18, 2000
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Lloyd C. Douglas' The Robe has become my favorite book. I came upon the book quite by accident a few years ago, and I have since read it 3 times. This book is not just a great religious novel, it is a great novel. Even if the reader is not a Christian, he/she will find it hard to put down. The reader is drawn in from the very first paragraph. Douglas certainly has a knowledge of ancient Rome and Judea, and he uses historical references to great effect. The characters are some of the most richly crafted I have ever read. The tale works on many levels: a love story; a tale of suspense; a tale of political intrigue; and, ultimately, a triumph of the human spirit and the power of personal redemption. For those without a clear view of Chritianity (which is easy to understand these days), this book is for you. While a novel, this book is probably a fairly accurate portrayal of the early Jesus movement in Judea and in Rome. This book should be on every bookshelf.
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'And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots' Matthew 27:35
One day in March, I was completely bored to death. My Grandma, tired of seeing me mope about, told me to get interested in a good book. Having no good books to read I told my Grandma to pick one out for me. She casually told me that The Robe was a good book and told me to find it off of the shelf that held all of her books that she got from The Peoples' Book Club. It had beautiful illustrations. I sat down to read it and from the first page I was immediately hooked.
That was in the year 1997. It is the year 2000 now and ever since then I have read The Robe 3 times and am in the middle of reading it again.
It is the most enduring story of Marcellus Gallio, a wealthy Tribune and son of a senator in ancient Rome. When he is ordered to put a man he knows is not guilty to death by crucifixion, he goes insane. Marcellus is accompanied in this story by the tragic Demetrius, his slave, and Diana, the woman he loves and a niece to the Emperor. Marcellus, after being healed, goes on a quest to learn of the mysterious man he put to death. And discoves he is not dead at all.
This book takes 508 pages to unfold. But it is told with such mesmerising characters and such keen historical detail that you wish it would never end.
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I'm really torn on rating this book. Lloyd Douglas shows himself in this book to be an excellent storyteller. The first 100 or so pages of the book (out of 500) were wonderfully entertaining and carried me right along. I read snippets aloud to my husband. The characters are well-developed and engaging and are like real-live people.

But once, the story got into Marcellus' interest in the Christian faith, that's when there started to be problems. I believe the Bible is the Word of God, and I do my best not to pick and choose what to obey or to explain things away. I think it is a very serious matter to add to or take away from what it says. That's one reason when researching this book that I was glad to read that Jesus was not present as a character, but learned about from others. That is slightly inaccurate, He is seen at a distance by Demetrius on Palm Sunday, and his impressions are shared, but there's no interaction. There is plenty of interaction later on with some of the disciples, and events, including miracles are described that are not mentioned in the Bible. Barnabas is portrayed extensively, and it's all speculation. And Peter seems a bit too welcoming and friendly with Gentiles based on the Biblical account. One concern is what's actually given as a positive in the Afterword, that the mental picture of the individuals in the Bible is greatly influenced by their portrayal in the story. That's a concern of mine.

The robe of Jesus, won by Marcellus gambling at the foot of the cross, shows up throughout this book. The Bible tells of a woman who touched the hem of Jesus' robe and was healed. Based on this, Douglas endows the robe with healing properties after Jesus' death, like a talisman.
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