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The familiar tales of the Rape of Tamar, the Fall of Rabbah, Absalom's banishment and insurrection, and the death of King David himself are recounted in this account of the Old Testament legend of Bathsheba.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 1st 1989 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1984)
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This is a wonderful book. It reconstructs the tale of David and Bathsheba, which is one of the Bible's most vivid soap operas, but does it with a true sense of the isolation of kingship and the wild, argumentative, mystical relationship that David had with his Yahweh. Lindgren, I gather, is a highly celebrated Swedish writer, but virtually unknown in America, I'm willing to bet. I stumbled across this book, and was so glad I did.
I did not particularly like this historical novel about the Biblical Bathsheba and her life with King David. The writing style was terse and distant; I prefer my historical novels to be more descriptive. In Lindgren's version of the story, Bathsheba becomes very much the power behind the throne, engaging in subtle and clever machinations in order to ensure that her son Solomon rules after David. Yet Lindgren does note give any sense of immediacy to the plot. Neither of the main characters are pa...more
I found that I preferred Lindgren's short stories and the novel "Sweetness". I do like his writing, but I found with this book I just could not get into it even though I am quite interested in the biblical story.
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Gustav Torgny Lindgren is a Swedish writer.
Lindgren is the son of Andreas Lindgren and Helga Björk. He studied in Umeå to become a teacher and worked as a teacher until the middle of the 1970s. He was for several years active as a local politician for the Swedish Social Democratic Party. In the 1980s he converted to the Catholic faith.
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