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 narrative...in 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.
This report prepared by Michael JR Jose