I’ve just finished reading Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord. I think it’s terrific. She captures the child Jesus in a wonderful way. Everyone who tries to tell a story knows that it is easier to create interesting villains, and very difficult to create interesting and convincing good people.
March 24, 2008 by 17 Comments
Anne Rice captures the goodness, simplicity and healthy lives of Jesus, his parents and their extended Jewish family. Supremely Orthodox in her vision, beautifully Catholic in her understanding, Rice has based her work on an amazing depth of research into Biblical scholarship, archeology, history, Jewish studies etc etc.
As the Lord’s self awareness develops we see his tender heart, his strength of character, his intelligence, wit and affection coming through.
On top of the excellence of the book itself, Rice is courageous enough to tell the story, in an author’s conclusion, of her own reversion to her childhood faith. She does so with candor, simplicity and humility. How the devil must be enraged that an author who so glamorized evil in her vampire books, now so openly and publicly says that all of her life and all of her talent and all of her work is now dedicated solely and utterly to Christ the Lord.
May she prosper and be blessed and may we have many more Catholic writers like her.