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Reference Information for the Book
- Name of Book: MARY called Magdalene
- Author Name: Margaret George
- Publisher: Penguin Books
- Year Released and/or ISBN Number: 2002 Penguin Putnum Books, ISBN: 0-670-03096
Type of Book
- Historical Fiction
About the Writing
- This is the second book I have read by Margaret George. It was a 630 page surprise to me. I was afraid that she would go off on a wild tangent which would deviate from scripture, but she stayed on the straight and narrow. There are very few passages in the Bible which cover enough information about Mary Magdalene to tell a life's story but this author was able to weave a suspenseful tale which was essentially faithful to the scripture. George inserted some surprises to known facts in history that made the story exciting and enjoyable.
About the Author
- Margaret George, a tenth-generation American, is the author of the best-selling The Autobiography of Henry the VIII, Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles, and the Memoirs of Cleopatra, et al. When not conducting research for her novels in places such as Egypt, Israel, Rome and Greece, she lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin. Her spiritual background on a long pilgrimage as a Baptist, to the traditions of the Episcopal and Catholic churches, married to a Jewish man, and she is now discovering New Age spirituality. Georges' factual depiction of the geographical make-up of a novel is a delightful addition to whatever fictional parts she adds to the already unknown history. It makes the story believable and plausibly possible.
Some Quotes about the Book
- ---The Washington Post: "Mary called Magdalene, evokes with great authenticity the smells, sounds, crowds of ancient Judea….best of all….is her evocation of the mysterious evil of old gods and demons." ---The New York Times, "The premise of Ms. George's novel is intriguing…with rigorous research, [she] paint the landscape and ritual of Judea and makes 'educated guesses' about her mysterious subject." ---Greenbay Gazette, "Mary called, Magdalene is the story of every woman who has ever been on a spiritual journey and a celebration of the heroic uniqueness of this single woman….The story brings to light the indomitable spirit and moving tenderness of Mary Magdalene."
Why I Enjoyed Reading the Book
- George tells you a story like she was right in the middle of the whole thing every moment of the saga. Now, even though a person may know the Bible story of Mary Magdalene and Jesus' story as a Jewish rabbi that teaches in Galilee, she manages to present the story with amazing integrity and intrigue.
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Georges storytelling prowess overcame my initial doubt about someone's capacity to tell a credible story about the woman of controversy in the bible. The bad part of the tale is that it did not have a fairytale ending. Reality struck and even though I wished for certain things to resolve themselves and happen, they were left in God's hand without a clear resolution. The ugliest part of the story drew itself out during the span of Mary's life where she was shunned by her family in worse ways than is humanly comprehensible. The role that the author depicts for Judas Iscariot reveals itself in an ugly way. The clandestine confrontation in the house of Herod Antipas during Jesus' long day and night before his arrest shows the depth of George's creativity as a writer.