Jeff Jensen
March 03, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Christ the Lord

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Anne Rice
publisher
Knopf
genre
Fiction

We gave it a C-

In her second fictional bio of Jesus, the horror icon?turned?true believer dares to conjure a moony, sensitive Christ who wrestles with uncertainty, the expectations of revolution-minded peers, and, yes, sexual temptation. He’s falsely accused of taking advantage of a longtime crush — no, it’s not Mary Magdalene — who wishes he would (”Make me your harlot,” she begs). Then Jesus labors to redeem her honor, leading to his Biblical baptism and water-to-wine first miracle. Can’t begrudge Anne Rice for attempting a devotional on the human Jesus, but Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana is just a Harlequin rehash of The Last Temptation of Christ. C?

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