Review by Shrabastee -- First Family by Alice Langholt

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Review by Shrabastee -- First Family by Alice Langholt

Post by Shrabastee » 08 Oct 2018, 06:26

[Following is a volunteer review of "First Family" by Alice Langholt.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Have you ever wondered if Adam had felt lonely before Eve came into being? Did the snake entice Eve to eat the forbidden fruit? Or was she inclined to do so herself? Once banished from the Eden, how did they survive? How was Cain and Abel’s childhood? Did they grow up like two normal siblings, or did they have any special ability as God’s grandchildren? The answers can be found in Alice Langholt’s novel First Family, an intriguing narration featuring the very first family on Earth.

Before going into details, I should mention that I haven’t read the Bible. My meager knowledge on the Biblical stories is based solely on books and movies depicting the same. Moreover, I personally believe in evolution, not in Creation. Surprisingly enough, this helped me read the book with an open mind and I loved every bit of it.

Narrated from the perspective of all the characters, the story puts the readers in everyone’s shoes, including God’s. The smooth flow of the book kept me engrossed from start to end.

The major theme that kept surfacing throughout the book is contrast. While Adam is absolutely reliant on God and will do anything for His favors, Eve is strong-willed and does not seek His appreciation. Adam is cautious in nature, but Eve wants to explore. Abel is kind and obedient while Cain is headstrong and proud. Each character with its unique attributes made a lasting impression. I could easily sympathize with Adam’s insecurity, Cain’s resentment over the lack of appreciation from God, or Eve’s despair at the loss of her boys. Even the snake’s perspective showed why he was continually in a war with God.

I absolutely loved the portrayal of God. I always had this idea that banishing Adam and Eve from the garden was a form of punishment. This story shows that God actually let them make their own way into the world. An affectionate father, He was always there, looking out for His children. Though affected by their distress, He never interfered in their life so that they could learn to be self-reliant.

Another interesting aspect of this book is that the author repeatedly emphasizes the importance of free will, stating that we are supposed to make our own choices. We should not rely on divine intervention at every problem or should not blame God for every single thing that goes wrong, instead should learn to take responsibility for our actions. I was glad that the author never tried to preach anything. She just tells a story, and the readers are free to make their own judgment.

To be honest, I could not find a single negative aspect in this book. The absence of any grammatical or typing error shows that it was professionally edited. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Those who are interested in the Biblical story can take up First Family. This is undoubtedly a perfect book for readers who believe in the story of Creation. However, in my opinion, the non-believers will equally enjoy the novel.

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Post by Fozia-Bajwa » 10 Oct 2018, 07:21

The story of relationship and life of Eve and Adam will remain alive till the end of this universe. It is a wide topic at the creation of human being by God and it was the time when humanity was started.

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Post by Shrabastee » 11 Oct 2018, 01:01

Fozia-Bajwa wrote: ↑
10 Oct 2018, 07:21
The story of relationship and life of Eve and Adam will remain alive till the end of this universe. It is a wide topic at the creation of human being by God and it was the time when humanity was started.
Yes, I agree. I was delighted to read this account of their life.
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Post by Cotwani » 16 Oct 2018, 06:52

God's grandchildren? Lol, I had never thought of that! Thanks for the great review!!
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Post by Shrabastee » 16 Oct 2018, 14:24

Cotwani wrote: ↑
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God's grandchildren? Lol, I had never thought of that! Thanks for the great review!!
Thanks for stopping by! Yes, it sounds kinda hilarious when you think like that..!
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Post by Samisah » 22 Oct 2018, 12:07

Beautiful review. While there are many books attempting to explain events of the first men, I haven't quite found one that is very satisfactory. I might take a look at this and see. Thanks for the review too.

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Post by Shrabastee » 23 Oct 2018, 00:38

Samisah wrote: ↑
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Beautiful review. While there are many books attempting to explain events of the first men, I haven't quite found one that is very satisfactory. I might take a look at this and see. Thanks for the review too.
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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 25 Oct 2018, 08:31

Great review! I too have never read the Bible and thought that I will not be able to relate to this story. However, your review has allayed my fears. I am pinning this to my TR list.

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Post by HollandBlue » 25 Oct 2018, 08:40

I already have this book on my shelves, and your review makes me even more interested in reading it. I haven't read about the story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Able in the Bible, but am familiar with the stories. It will be fun to see how this author interprets it.
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Post by Shrabastee » 26 Oct 2018, 00:31

Debjani Ghosh wrote: ↑
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Great review! I too have never read the Bible and thought that I will not be able to relate to this story. However, your review has allayed my fears. I am pinning this to my TR list.
Thank you Debjani for your comment! I believe you will enjoy this. It was rrally wonderful to put myself in their shoes and explore the world through their eyes.
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Post by Shrabastee » 26 Oct 2018, 00:35

BookReader+6 wrote: ↑
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I already have this book on my shelves, and your review makes me even more interested in reading it. I haven't read about the story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Able in the Bible, but am familiar with the stories. It will be fun to see how this author interprets it.
Thanks for stopping by! Yes, even a little familiarity will do, because in my opinion, the book will do the rest for you. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I have, if not more.
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Post by Sunnyroyish » 26 Oct 2018, 04:43

I also think that evolution is a better explanation of life. Maybe it's not perfect but atleast it's the best we have. The story doesn't interest me but I really liked your writing. It was well-written and your efforts are clearly visible in the review. Thanks for your wonderful review. I wish you best of luck.
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Post by Shrabastee » 26 Oct 2018, 07:44

Sunnyroyish wrote: ↑
26 Oct 2018, 04:43
I also think that evolution is a better explanation of life. Maybe it's not perfect but atleast it's the best we have. The story doesn't interest me but I really liked your writing. It was well-written and your efforts are clearly visible in the review. Thanks for your wonderful review. I wish you best of luck.
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Post by Espie » 10 Nov 2018, 10:15

This seems to be a closer adaptation of a biblical story than the Witch of Endor, whose review I just read and commented on a few seconds ago. Thank you for your candid review.
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Post by Dael Reader » 10 Nov 2018, 15:36

I normally don't like novels based so closely on Biblical texts. But then again, the story of Adam and Eve does leave a lot of room for speculation. And why shouldn't we be willing to consider imaginative interpretations? Nice review.

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