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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Apocryphal of Lazarus is a work of fiction in the historical and literary subgenres and was penned by author Pablo Zaragoza. The work is best suited to the adult reading audience for its complex themes and serious emotional content concerning death, faith, and torment. As the title suggests, we follow the biblical figure of Lazarus, who finds himself risen from the dead and leading an endless existence on Earth. As our central protagonist awaits the return of Jesus over thousands of years, we journey through human history with Lazarus while he marries, has children, and sees all his family die, again and again, starting from scratch in his ever-more-difficult ageless state.
Author Pablo Zaragoza has created a fascinating in-depth study of the nature of human life, the power of faith, and the themes and central messages of Christianity in this fascinating work of fiction. What struck me most about the work was the commitment to deep thought into the emotional and psychological damage done to the ever-waiting Lazarus as he goes about hundreds and hundreds of years of life on Earth without end and without being spared the suffering of the mortality of others. Some especially poignant moments relate to the true meaning of life, and the literary style of the work highlights these with contemplative and very descriptive moments. Religious or not, readers will certainly enjoy The Apocryphal of Lazarus, and I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in deep-thinking stories that take history and religion in their stride.