Saturday, April 14, 2012

Book Review: Fires of Jerusalem by Marilyn Brown (Whitney Finalist)

Title: Fires of Jerusalem
Author: Marilyn Brown
Enjoyment Rating: 5/10
Referral: Whitney Finalist
Source: Electronic Copy
Books I've read this year: 47

I used to read a lot of biographies when I was a kid, and I frequently had the experience of getting really interested in a story the biographer was telling, only to have the chapter end and five years pass in that character's life, and never pick up the story again. In that sense, Fires of Jerusalem, a historical novel about the biblical prophet Jeremiah, feels more like a fictionalized biography than like historical fiction. The 240-page book tries to encompass the entirety of Jeremiah's life, with huge gaps from teenager to young man to great-grandfather, and it would have been a much more satisfying read if Brown had focused on a single time period and tried to create a story rather than hitting the highlights of Jeremiah's life.  


Emily M. said...


FoxyJ said...

That was pretty much my reaction to this book as well.