Wilma R. Forester delivers an entertaining and heartwarming story of a boy who rises from being a household slave boy with a surprise ending in her book “The Adventures of Nagel of Ancient Babylonia” (ReadersMagnet; 2018).
The story takes place many centuries ago in the city of Nippur, in the Empire of Ancient Babylonia. “The Adventures of Nagel of Ancient Babylonia” tells the life, adventure, and struggles of the titular character. Captured at a very young age and sold into slavery, Nagel (his name meaning 'the seeker') feels he is a 'nobody' since he is ignorant of his roots. He serves as a slave in Master Armen's wealthy household, under the supervision of Master Gates and Mirna.
Nagel's life changes one day when he encounters a ferocious lion and is saved by the black slave Nio. When the story reaches the household, Master Armen immediately organizes a hunting party, and Master Gates orders Nagel to join the hunting expedition.
It is just one of the few moments when Nagel feels proud and happy. Little does he know that his life would never be the same after this hunting trip. What would become of Nagel and his hunting companions?
Readers will love “The Adventures of Nagel of Ancient Babylonia” for its imaginative narrative, compelling character and plot development, and vivid description of Ancient Babylonia, which enables readers to experience an ancient civilization or culture as if it is never a distant one from the past. The book abounds with themes of friendship, identity, family, faith, death, and the randomness of life and may even spark conversations around the topics of race, slavery, class distinction, injustice, and liberty.
“The Adventures of Nagel of Ancient Babylonia” also offers a model for reflecting on life and identity, direction and destiny through axioms that Wilma incorporated liberally throughout her story. Some of the axioms are:
- He who pours water hastily into a jar spills more than goes in.
- Potential is not a measure of success.
- Whispered words can be more powerful than shouted petitions.
- The deeper into the palace you go, the fewer the people, but the greater the influence.
Readers will also love “The Adventures of Nagel of Ancient Babylonia” for its references to faith. Attentive readers might notice a few parallels to the classic movie Ben-Hur, starring the late Charlton Heston. The book could inspire them to reflect on how random encounters or events in life could lead to faith.
“The Adventures of Nagel of Ancient Babylonia” was last displayed by self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet at their exhibit at the 2022 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition.
“The Adventures of Nagel of Ancient Babylonia”
Author | Wilma R. Forester
Genre | Fiction
Publisher | ReadersMagnet LLC
Published date | July 5, 2018
Wilma R. Forester was born in Los Angeles. She enjoys writing, painting, and spending time with her family. She lives and writes in Forest Ranch, CA.
Wilma dedicates her book “The Adventures of Nagel of Ancient Babylonia” to her sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons, as well as the free spirit of young boys and girls the world over.
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