A Flesh and Blood King David.,
January 8, 2014
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This review is from: Rise to Power (The David Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)In Rise to Power, Uvi Posnansky brings the Biblical figure of King David to vibrant life. We see him here as a flesh and blood human being, rather than the austere, iconic figure of our Sunday School lessons. David is presented here "warts and all," a study in contrasts. Alternately intelligent and naïve, noble and venal, courageous and cowardly, the David portrayed here comes off as humanly flawed, as well as being the charismatic leader the historical David must have been.
Ms. Posnansky tells the story with fidelity to history, but without excessive reverence. In fact, David's narration of his own story displays a good deal of cynicism, with a dose of self-servingness thrown in. In short, a completely believable man who wants his side of the story told.
Uvi Posnansky resists the temptation faced by most writers on Biblical topics to treat the material too solemly, which would suck the breath and blood out of the narrative. In fact, some passages are downright funny, without detracting from the overall tone of the story. That, in this reviewer's opinion, is entirely a good thing. Adding entertainment value makes the story more compelling to a modern reader, and might just kindle a desire to go back and revisit the original source material.
I anxiously await the next installment of this series.