Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Review - Iscariot by Tosca Lee

In Jesus, Judas believes he has found the One—a miracle-worker. The promised Messiah and future king of the Jews, destined to overthrow Roman rule. Galvanized, Judas joins the Nazarene’s followers, ready to enact the change he has waited for all his life.

But Judas’ vision of a nation free from Roman rule is crushed by the inexplicable actions of the Nazarene himself, who will not bow to social or religious convention—who seems in the end to even turn against his own people. At last, Judas must confront the fact that the master he loves is not the liberator he hoped for, but a man bent on a drastically different agenda.

Iscariot is the story of Judas—from his tumultuous childhood and tenuous entry into a career and family life as a devout Jew, to a man known to the world as the betrayer of Jesus. But even more, it is a singular and surprising view into the life of Jesus himself that forces us all to reexamine everything we thought we knew about the most famous—and infamous—religious icons in history.

Judas Iscariot is probably one of the most hated characters in Roman Catholicism. On the other hand, if not for his betrayal, our belief system may look very different today.... Such is the conflict with reading about the lead up to Jesus' crucifixion, and looking at it from a couple of perspectives. So go ahead, challenge my thoughts on Judas. A novel devoted to an interpretation of his story? Bring it! 

So... after finishing this novel, what were my thoughts? 

Thought provoking? Absolutely.

Inspiring? Sure

Challenging? 100%

Furthermore, I was surprised by the character of Jesus in this novel. For all of his miracles, compassion and touching emotion, there were moments when he appeared utterly mad and at others, someone in need of some serious depression medication. I certainly could relate to the ensuing doubts on the minds of those that observed this behavior and wondered if they were following a madman.

Trying not to spoil anything for any potential readers, Judas' 'betrayal' was quite believable, and it did make me wonder at the possibility of whether there were true elements to this story... after all, there were many that wanted to take Jesus down, and I wouldn't put it past these men to take advantage of someone like Judas to make this kind of plan happen. 

Judas' life story was very interesting and captivating. I don't really know if there is any fact interwoven with fiction as I am not sure how much information on the real Judas actually exists... but it was certainly was a sad story of someone who had a very hard life, and wandered through it looking for a place to belong and something to believe in. 

It is, of course quite clear, that there is no happy ending to this story. That being said, I found the ending a little vague compared to the rest of the novel, and wished there was more exploration of Judas' mind leading up to his impending death. I just felt like something substantial was lacking and I was left with a bit of a disastified feeling. But as with Havah, I enjoyed this novel well enough and looked forward to picking it up where I had last left off. 

Very easy 3 star rating, and though it may not seem like I was not wowed by this novel, rest assured that I thoroughly enjoyed it and will continue on to enjoy other novels by this same author.

Happy Reading!


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