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The Robe

Douglas, Lloyd C.

(Book - 1942)
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
The Robe
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1942, (1986 printing)
ISBN: 0395076358
Branch Call Number: FIC DOUGLAS 1986
Characteristics: 508 p. ; 21 cm


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May 21, 2012
  • crankylibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The source for the overblown biblical movie, yet the book is far more thoughtful and nuanced. Marcellus, the Roman tribune tasked with executing Jesus, resembles a modern day intellectual cynic. As he traverses Palestine, trying to find a "rational" explanation for what has occurred, his encounters with the followers of Jesus lead to his spiritual awakening.

A must-read. Captivating, inspiring, fast-paced and creative, this novel takes full advantage of the dramatic and psychological power of the subject matter. The character of Demetrius is particularly fascinating. The story may not be 100% accurate on biblical/historical details, but the powerful exploration of character and setting makes The Robe a classic.

Oct 31, 2008
  • Wendy Nadine Wright rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best book I've ever read. I've heard that Shogun is on par with this wonderful tale.


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