The Gardens of Light

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The Gardens of Light
Author Amin Maalouf
Original title Les jardins de lumière
Translator Dorothy S. Blair
Country France
Language French
Publisher Lattès
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 317
ISBN 2253061778

The Gardens of Light (French: Les jardins de lumière) is a 1991 novel by the French-Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf. It focuses on the parthian religious thinker Mani, founder of Manichaeism.


David Guy wrote in The New York Times: "The Gardens of Light has the feel of a 1950's Hollywood epic, in which men gesture boldly and deliver words that deserve to be immediately carved in stone. ... Maalouf's epic style and wooden characters, as rendered here in Dorothy S. Blair's functional translation from the French, are burdensome. We follow Mani's actions, but we long for an imaginative journey into his inner life, some insight into how his liberal convictions were formed at a time when so much religious belief was marked by extreme factionalism and rigidity."[1]

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  1. ^ Guy, David (1999-03-14). "The Gardens of Light". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-04-12.