|Plot Summary of The David Story|
|"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."
Michael JR Jose, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The David Story|
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- religious figure
Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)
- religious Jew
- Politician trying to reform
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- soggy whimpering jelly muffin
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- hostile arabs
Small town people:
- dumb Rednecks, like Gomer Pyle
- distant past
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
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
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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