WATKINS GLEN, New York, USA - There are challenging biographies and there are challenging biographies.
But Judas Iscariot, the ultimate Christian symbol of betrayal?
In Iscariot, author Tosca Lee creates a fictional account of Judas Iscariot's life and times, leading from childhood to his suicide (by hanging himself). The work, although a novel, is based on years of research by Lee who also authored Demon: A Memoir and Havah: The Story of Eve - both bestsellers.
It's a fast-paced book, full of the kind of historical detail that makes such volumes easy to read. After all, you know how it ends. But getting there in this case is everything.
It was a mistake and he knew it right away. But the book postulates it was all way more complicated than that.
Iscariot is actually an uplifting book in many ways. And well worth reading.
It was good enough that I am on the trail of copies of Tosca Lee's two other works.