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Bathsheba Paperback – April, 1993

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From Publishers Weekly

If there are only a few basic plots in the world, the story of David and Bathsheba contains elements of them all: incest and family pride, lust for power and abasement before God, fratricide and fraternal devotion, cunning and guilelessness. In this lush and passionate novel, Lindgren fuses several chapters of the Bible into an epic tale of a conquered woman who outwits her conqueror. Here, Bathsheba alternates advice with flattery, coaxing the king away from the women's room and settling her sons in a chamber next to David's own. It is she who suggests that David take the census that bloodies the land; she who tricks Amnon into sleeping with his half-sister Tamar; she who goads David into sending his now-disgraced son to a sheep-shearing where Absalom will kill him; she who covets Absalom at the cost of his life. Her power grows, and consumes her. As Bathsheba waxes, David wanes: the aging ruler, belly sagging to his thighs, eyes sunken in folds of flesh, bears little resemblance to the doughty slayer of Goliath. The vibrant portraits of these legendary prototypes will send readers scurrying back to their bibles.
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From Library Journal

The Old Testament story about King David and Bathsheba is the background for this colorful pastiche, written in archaic, sensuous language by one of Sweden's most talented contemporary authors. With concise mastery of narrative technique, Lindgren fleshes out brief biblical passages to offer a vivid history of David's reign: the wars, court intrigues, family tragedies and, above all, the love between him and Bathsheba. She is portrayed as a woman of remarkable strength, intelligence, and competence who did not hesitate to act independently in matters of state. Brilliantly translated, this novel is highly recommended. --Ulla Sweedler, Univ. of California at San Diego Lib.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002712717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002712712
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,908,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on November 22, 2007
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I am totally amazed by this book and it took me very little time to read, because I was so absorbed in the story. The book is a wonderful retelling of the story of Bathsheba, a 19 year old woman who was torn away by King David from her first husband and somehow works her way up to being his most important wife. She uses her intelligence to take care of her husband and insure that her son Solomon becomes the chosen son to rule after he dies. I found the story fascinating and the author's story absorbing. There were parts I reread to get the full flavor of the book and enjoy it even more. The book is out of print right now and I was just lucky to find an old copy in my basement where there are books I've never read. Boy, am I glad I picked this book up, it's wonderful and I hope that someday it will in print again.
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