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Lion's Honey by David Grossman
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Mar 03, 10

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I really want to meet Grossman because his prose is heart breaking wonderful.

Grossman looks at the story of Samson and gives the story a very close reading. I doubt anyone who reads this book will look at the story of Samson the same way. Additionally, Grossman makes connections to current events, though not in a heavy handed way.

Grossman's look at Samson presents a rather interesting idea of a man who is chosen by who may lack free will. He also takes about dated readings of the story. (For instance, back in the olden days, scholar thought that Deliah moved away from Samson at a critical point in their physical exercise together, and that's why he was wearied until death).

While funny at points, the book is moving. It is a short and quick read. If you have the read the Bible or are interested in religion (or myth), you should read this lovely little book.
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