By James Goodman
'I did not imagine he'd do it. i actually did not imagine he may. i presumed he'd say, whoa, carry on, wait a minute. We made a deal, consider, the land, the blessing, the state, the descendants as a variety of because the sands at the shore and the celebrities within the sky.'
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And those are just the words you see. You can’t imagine and don’t want to know how many complete sentences, pages, chapters, you will never see, earlier versions in which the voice was wrong or the perspective was wrong or the language or imagery or sound of the words was wrong—or, and this may be the most painful of all, something was wrong he could hear or feel but not name. It was hard work, and there was no shortage of writers in need. He had to be choosy. But there were some projects that had his name written all over them, and the story of Abraham was one of them.
I know historians who don’t read fiction, let alone write it. They can’t understand why anyone would waste their time reading stories that aren’t true. I know poets who read only poetry. ” No other form of experience-based prose ever penetrates their literary airspace. G was partial to short stories, family history, and brief lives. When he was young, he dabbled in poetry. He steered clear, despite ample opportunity and plenty of evidence he’d be good at it, of the law. Even if he had been interested, he would not have had the time.
It’s a great story, a gripping family saga that took on, in the most unabashed way, some of the great issues of its day, of any day—migration and dislocation; family, sex, and marriage; sibling rivalry and inheritance; might, inequality, and right; crime and punishment; war and diplomacy; honesty and duplicity; jealousy, love, fear, death, doubt, and belief—all complicated by the comings and goings, the commands and the promises, the blessings and curses of an unfamiliar and mysterious God. G liked what he read but agreed with them that something was missing.
Abraham and His Son. The story of a story by James Goodman