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Pearl-Maiden

Henry Rider Haggard

Book Overview: 

This is the story of Miriam, an orphan Christian woman living in Rome in the first century. She falls in love with a Roman officer, but knows that her Jewish childhood playmate loves her too and will do anything in order to get her love in return.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .her questions, which she answered freely enough, for Miriam, although she was half Jewish, had been brought up among men, and felt neither fear nor shame in talking with them in a friendly and open fashion, as an Egyptian or a Roman or a Grecian lady might have done.

While they were still conversing thus, of a sudden the bushes on their path were pushed aside, and from between them emerged Caleb, of whom she had seen but little of late. He halted and looked at them.

"Friend Caleb," said Miriam, "this is the Roman captain Marcus, who comes to visit the curators of the Order. Will you lead him and his soldiers to the council hall and advise my uncle Ithiel and the others of his coming, since it is time for us to go home?"

Caleb glared at her, or rather at the stranger, with sullen fury; then he answered:

"Romans always make their own road; they do not need a Jew to guide them," and once more he vanished into the scrub on the furt. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I found this story, intriguing and exciting. There were a couple of minor details that bugged me, (Similar to my opinion on Haggard's book, The Brethren), like, for example, making Christianity look somewhat Catholic.
Regardless, this book is recommended for those looking for an exciting historica...more

13+ for violence.

This story has intrigued me since I first read it at the young age of 12. I was young to read it, but it drew me in even then. I now credit my love for historical-fiction with this book.

I love the historical accuracy of this book! From the Jewish faith to the order of Essenes to...more

This was such a sweet and captivating story told with a real sense of the biblical times! I don't know why there's not a movie of Pearl Maiden!?! Miriam is so sweet and her faith is inspiring; Marcus and Caleb were both intriguing characters; and best of all: the ending was satisfactory!

This was a very inspiring book. There were points I couldn't put it down and points where I put it down and had a hard time taking it back up but once I was done I was so happy to have read it!

I vaguely remember reading this a long time ago, and I remembered that I enjoyed the book a lot! I remember some major plot twists, but I would want to read this again, just to appreciate the details of the book.

“এ গলপ মিরিয়ামের।
পিতৃ-মাতৃহীন, অসহায়, আশরিতা এক খরিসটান তরুণী...
ভয়ঙকর এক যুদধের মাঝখানে যে মেয়েটি নযায়, সতয ও শানতির জনয নিজের জীবন বিপনন করেছিল।
এ-গলপ মারকাসের।
দুঃসাহসী, দকষ, নিবেদিতপরাণ এক রোমান সৈনিক...
মিরিয়ামের ভালবাসা যাকে বদলে দিয়েছিল।
এ-গলপ কযালেবের।
রুকষ, একগুঁয়ে, পরতিশোধ পরায়ণ এক ইহুদি যুবক...more

সযার হযাগারড অসমভব পছনদের একজন লেখক হলেও একটা সময় একটানা তাঁর অনেকগুলো বই পড়ার পর একঘেয়েমী এসে গিয়েছিল। ফলশরুতিতে অপরিকলপিত লমবা বিরতি। নতুন করে আবার শুরু করার জনয যে বইটা বেছে নিলাম সেটা অনেকদিন থেকেই টু রিড লিসটে ছিল। ইনফযাকট, বেশ কয়েক বছর আগে বইটি যখন পরকাশিত হয় তখনই এর দৃষটিননদন পরচছদ আগরহে ব...more

The story of Miriam, born just after the first persecution of the Christians shortly after the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Though her parents don't survive, she becomes a Christian and is an observer of the fall of Jerusalem to Rome.

In the style of the epic historical saga, Miriam is unique in...more

হযাগারডের এই বইটি তার অনযানয বই থেকে সমপূরণ আলাদা। খুব ভাল একটি বই।আর অনুবাদের গুনে বইটি হয়ে গেছে আরো অসাধারণ।

বইটা চমৎকার। সেই সঙগে নিজের অনূদিত পরথম পূরণাঙগ বই বলে এর পরতি দুরবলতাও একটু বেশি। যারা পড়েননি, তাঁদেরকে পড়ে দেখার অনুরোধ রইল।

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