Sunday, August 17, 2014

Like David, we become peeping Tom's

Dan Strawn is the author of Isaac's GunBody of Work, and Breakfast at Blair'sLame Bird's Legacy, and Black Wolf's ReturnI am truly honored that he posted this thoughtful review for A Peek at Bathsheba:

5.0 out of 5 stars Like David, we become peeping Tom'sAugust 17, 2014
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This review is from: A Peek at Bathsheba (The David Chronicles Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
From the outset, Uvi Poznansky lets her readers know her's is a new take on an old story—the cover reveals a Bathsheba ripe in her feminine appeal, yet at the same time devoid of a temptress's traits. Uvi lets us see her as David first saw her: just a woman, entering her bath. Like David, we become peeping Tom's, violating her privacy, taken by her innocence.

Why should the text that follows surprise us: a told-in-his-own-voice story of David, his rise to power, and his subsequent downfall? The tale, like the picture, gives us pause, causes us to retreat to more comfortable renditions, in my case the King James version, to verify the accuracy of Uvi's telling of watershed moments in David's life, only to find she's spot on.

Believe it is a God story, a chronicle of a great culture, or mere fairytale worthy of literary consideration. It won't matter, Uvi's telling satisfies all of these versions. Her telling of it in David's voice, mixed with modern language, and modern idioms (“ … a war to end all wars … .” combine to give it new insights, new appreciations for that tarnished hero of old.

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