Joseph B. Majdalani (JBM)
Here is an epic comprising a heroic love story of olden times… occurrences of which took place along the coastal cities of Sidon and Byblos in ancient Phoenicia – now Lebanon. Had there not been a great love, the alphabet would not have been invented in Byblos and invaded the globe! The book narrates the immortal love story of Adonis and Astarte, which had become a legendary tale… (for legends are more often the facts of semi-gods heroic exploits – a living example to the future generations). In a romantic style, this epic embodies the ambiance of this legendary fact, with all the splendour of its festive nights… portraying in an unmatched attempt the feats of glory in wise adages pulsating with great love, beauty and adoration, and with heroic deeds crowned with sacrifice for the sake of love-sublime… transcending to after-life! With words smoother than flirtation, propelled by an ardent willpower piercing throughout time to attain a great goal…
Adonis noble achievements denoted his godliness in love and warfare… for battling with a ferocious beast is naught compared to navigating the rough seas… the teaching of multitudes, the education of nations… the rising of a culture, the foundation of civilization… and the establishment of an empire of new race disseminating future sciences, to the world at large. This epic could also be regarded as a historic tale narrated by the older generations to the new ones… so that much can be learned from a noble and free generous life vanquishing the powers of evil.