I remember watching it around Christmas time at my Grandma’s house. I would sit spellbound as I saw the story unfold on the television. The characters seemed real to me and their stories woven in this amazing tapestry of grit, love, and forgiveness. This all came from watching the movie Ben Hur starring Charlton Heston.
The telling of Lew Wallace’s masterful book in film amazed audiences and received high praise and acclamation. It is still enjoyed by many several decades after its release so much so that has been remade into an updated film. Part the of updating comes from Carol Wallace, a great-great-granddaughter of Lew Wallace, and her retelling of this popular classic.
Her book does some updating by using more modern language for an English reader but still retaining the beautiful narrative Lew Wallace wrote. I found the update enjoyable and easier to read than the classic and would suggest that this edition be given to those around the junior-high school age to whet their appetite towards the classic.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.