Tropic Of Cancer
  • Tropic Of Cancer
  • Tropic Of Cancer
  • Tropic Of Cancer
  • Tropic Of Cancer
  • Tropic Of Cancer
ISBN: 0802131786
EAN13: 9780802131782
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 6, 1994
Pages: 318
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 8" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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From the prizewinning Jewish Lives series, a meditation on the complex life of the father of the Twelve Tribes and how the ancient writers and storytellers shaped his identity

A powerful hero of the Bible, Jacob is also one of its most complex figures. Bible stories recounting his life often expose his deception, lies, and greed--then, puzzlingly, attempt to justify them. In this book, eminent biblical scholar Yair Zakovitch presents a complete view of the patriarch, first examining Jacob and his life story as presented in the Bible, then also reconstructing the stories that the Bible writers suppressed--tales that were well-known, perhaps, but incompatible with the image of Jacob they wanted to promote. Through a work of extraordinary literary archaeology, Zakovitch explores the recesses of literary history, reaching back even to the stage of oral storytelling, to identify sources of Jacob's story that preceded the work of the Genesis writers.

The biblical writers were skilled mosaic-makers, Zakovitch shows, and their achievement was to reshape diverse pre-biblical representations of Jacob in support of their emerging new religion and identity. As the author follows Jacob in his wanderings and revelations, his successes, disgraces, and disappointments, he also considers the Read More chevron_right

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   Henry's best work
It's hard to follow Henry's thought process at times, but there is no doubt in his creativity or conscience throughout the book. It was an interesting read.
   A LIvely and Thoughtful Read
Henry Miller is a great man. He wrote about his life in Paris as a starving but liberated writer in this fictionalized memoir. He has interests in writing, sex and food. There are bits of wisdom and tons of humor in his experiences. This book has substance to it, unlike some of the cheap erotic books that are being published today. It's a believable slice of life. I like what he's done here. Writerruptus and other stories.
   Good overall read...
I absolutely loved Sexus. I started this and loved it so much that I read it all in one day. For weeks, I couldn't read more than a few pages a day. I think it had to do with Miller's rant for a long time. By the end, I think it was worth it, as I kept at it and finished it. I moved on to Tropic of Capricorn and it was the same thing, but I needed the big picture. Black Spring is the next in the series.
   Really awful
Tropic of Cancer is a historical book but it is not a book. Miller talks about sex and penis talk. Miller liked shock as a niche. A huge bore!
   This book does not live up to the hype
The books are just bad. I am not commenting on morality nor am I judging the content of it, it just meanders with no point or direction. I don't care what the book is about. His writing style is self serving. This book is so bad that people mistake it for a masterpiece. Don't believe the hype, not all books that get attention are great. This one is not very useful.