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An exceptional translator of ancient Hebrew into contemporary English, Robert Alter brings the historical King David to life in a story of 3000 years ago. As the book's blurb says: "the greatest single antiquity of a human life evolving... shaped by pressures of political life, family, the impulses of body and spirit, and the eventual sad decay of the flesh." It is a shock to have to have to review a book of the bible with so much adultery, murder, revenge, the gore of wartime, betrayals, and deadly familial rivalry - but it is all in here. This is an account of a "historical personage" and a "full-blooded imagining". The commentary supplied by the author is generally useful but entirely secular in nature and tone.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   religious figure Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   religious Jew Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Politician story?    -   Politician trying to reform Royalty bio    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Ethnicity    -   Jew


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Israel Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   hostile arabs Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   dumb Rednecks, like Gomer Pyle Century:    -   distant past

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   spiritual Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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