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3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  108 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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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Jul 30, 2007 Mark rated it really liked it
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.
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Aug 28, 2014 Marco Freccero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: svedesi
Quella era l’essenza dell’amore: essere oggetto dell’amore di qualcuno.

Prima di parlare di questo romanzo, avviso che la prima edizione cartacea risale al 1988 (io ho quella elettronica); non è un libro recentissimo quindi. Però dello scrittore svedese Torgny Lindgren ho scritto in passato alcune considerazioni a proposito dei suoi romanzi. Mi riferisco in particolare a Acquavite; Miele (dal quale è stato tratto anche un film: chissà quando e se lo vedremo in Italia); Il pappagallo di Mahler; Pe
Aug 18, 2012 Carol rated it did not like it
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
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Jan 31, 2016 Booky Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plus qu'une lecture, une expérience intense et déchirante. Une histoire d'amour sublimée par le courage et la force de son héroïne, qui affronte la rudesse de l'histoire avec une philosophie remarquable et une détermination saisissante. Laissez-vous séduire par la plume voluptueuse de son auteur et les émotions divines qui émanent de cette histoire. D'une beauté, d'une force et d'une puissance littéraire que j'ai rarement lu, lisez "Bethsabée" de Torgny Lindgren : ...more
Jul 17, 2007 Joey rated it it was ok
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.
Jan 29, 2015 Marjo rated it really liked it
An engaging story, with a very individual writing style. I found it a great page turner, adding lots of depth to the original bible story of David the King and Bathsheba.
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Gustav Torgny Lindgren was a Swedish writer.
Lindgren was 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.

Lindgren began as a poet in 1965 but had to wait until 1982 f
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