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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 historical-f

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 the

দীর্ঘ উপন্যাস!
দু হাজার বছর পূর্বে মাত্র খ্রিস্টধর্মের শুরু, রোমান আর ইহুদীদের যুদ্ধ, চারিদিকে হত্যা,খুন,রক্তারক্তি,আর এক অসহায় অবস্থা! এমন সময়েই মিরিয়ামের জন্ম,তার বেড়ে উঠার চারপাশে এই প্রতিকূল সময়ের নিখুঁত বর্ণনা।
বহুবার জীবনের ঝুঁকি এসেছে,তবুও সত্য ও ন্যায়ের পথ থেকে অবিচল নয়।
এসেনিতে মিরিয়াম

This went up half a star in my rating from when I read it nine years ago (3.5 to 4). The main things I don't appreciate are the occasional historical inaccuracies and the subtle antiSemitic tone, but the plot is well constructed, the writing is strong and vivid, the action is intense, and the charac

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!

Not terrible, but not great either... The writing style was not the greatest, and the love triangle.... ugh.

(view spoiler)[ In books, I never like when the non Christian guy becomes Christian so he can ever-so-conveniently marry the Christian girl, and that's where I thought this book was going... But no. He ende (hide spoiler)]

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.

স্যার হ্যাগার্ড অসম্ভব পছন্দের একজন লেখক হলেও একটা সময় একটানা তাঁর অনেকগুলো বই পড়ার পর একঘেয়েমী এসে গিয়েছিল। ফলশ্রুতিতে অপরিকল্পিত লম্বা বিরতি। নতুন করে আবার শুরু করার জন্য যে বইটা বেছে নিলাম সেটা অনেকদিন থেকেই টু রিড লিস্টে ছিল। ইনফ্যাক্ট, বেশ কয়েক বছর আগে বইটি যখন প্রকাশিত হয় তখনই এর দৃষ্টিন

হ্যাগার্ডের এই বইটি তার অন্যান্য বই থেকে সম্পূর্ণ আলাদা। খুব ভাল একটি বই।আর অনুবাদের গুনে বইটি হয়ে গেছে আরো অসাধারণ।

বইটা চমৎকার। সেই সঙ্গে নিজের অনূদিত প্রথম পূর্ণাঙ্গ বই বলে এর প্রতি দুর্বলতাও একটু বেশি। যারা পড়েননি, তাঁদেরকে পড়ে দেখার অনুরোধ রইল।

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