A revisionary attending at the adventure of Moses.
Kanbar (Don’t Let Your Film Die, 2015, etc.) prefaces his fun, anapestic booty by advertisement some of the questions surrounding the enigmatic, titular biblical figure—the foremost being: why does God debris to let him access the Promised Land? Moses’ tragedy, and decidedly the actuality that his fate is so out of synch with his service, holds a allure for Kanbar. This book is his fanciful, abstract attack at bushing in gaps in the story, demography the anatomy of a date ball forth the curve of the Broadway hit Hamilton. In it, a “Leader” takes on critical account duties, but there are additionally speaking genitalia for a advanced array of characters from Scripture, including Moses; his brother, Aaron; the pharaoh who kept the Israelites in chains in Egypt; a choir of Israelites; and God himself. Kanbar opts not to accept the affected cadences of the King James Bible; instead, he uses a conversational, slangy delivery throughout as he takes his admirers through the accustomed contest of Moses’ life, from killing an Egyptian ambassador (“This Egyptian dude / is goin’ to be dead”) to against the pharaoh and again ambitious that the Israelites be set free. The pharaoh at one point responds, “You complete like a burst record. / Losing chargeless labor, you know, / would amount me a lot of dough. / So the acknowledgment is still ‘No.’ ” Each articulation begins with some active scene-setting by the Leader, gain through affecting exchanges that generally complete as if they’re meant to be articulate rather than spoken, and concludes with a “Source and Commentary” branch for readers. The characters’ contemporary-sounding chat doesn’t consistently work, and it generally feels affected (as back one appearance shouts out “Oy vey!”). Even so, the affecting architecture does an able job of blanket off these approved characters and captivation them up to beginning scrutiny. Indeed, Kanbar’s activity is so communicable that readers will ambition the “Source and Commentary” sections were longer.
A fast-paced and agreeable biblical dramatization.
Leader. Prophet. Liberator. Moses was the only human permitted to know God face to face-- and yet what do we know of him? With humor and deep empathy, this book (mostly in verse) examines some of the questions about Moses that have perplexed Biblical scholars for generations: * Why did God wait 400 years before deciding to rescue the Israelites? * Why were the Israelites subjected to forty years of wandering in the Sinai Desert when it was possible to cross in just a few weeks? * Why wasn't Aaron punished for being the ringleader in the construction of the Golden Calf? Or for his attempt to overthrow Moses? * Why did God kill the innocent together with the guilty? * And, finally, the tragedy of Moses: Why did God so ruthlessly punish Moses for a minor infraction by not allowing him to enter The Promised Land? With insights that make this ancient story relevant to our contemporary lives, 'The Tragedy of Moses' illuminates a complex, humble man who grapples to understand and obey a volatile, mercurial God.
The Tragedy of Moses
- BookThe Tragedy of Moses
- Author:Elliott Kanbar
- Publishing Date:2016-11-11
- Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Number Of pages:118