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A Peek at Bathsheba (The David Chronicles Book 2) by [Poznansky, Uvi]
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★ The miracle of Uvi Poznansky's writing is her uncanny ability to return to old stories and make them brilliantly fresh -Grady Harp, Hall of Fame reviewer
★ Written with the artistic grace that is her signature style. She writes with a calm, steady hand that plucks the strings of her tale with lyrical precision that leaves the reader deeply entrenched in her words long after the last page -Dii, Top 500 reviewer 
★ Beautifully researched, gorgeously rendered, and enticingly provocative in its blend of familiar and new -Sheila Deeth, Top 1000 reviewer

From the Author

The series The David Chronicles includes the following volumes:
  • I: Rise to Power
  • II: A Peek at Bathsheba
  • III: The Edge of Revolt
  • I+II+III: The David Chronicles

Product Details

  • File Size: 1673 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Uviart (June 29, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 29, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LEPPDV6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Uvi Paznanski has brought the story of King David to life, giving us a very human David with human feelings and struggles, which I might point out, in response to a previous review, have not changed much over the millenia. Her work is informed by her deep knowledge of the biblical story and commentary, as well as art history and she does a masterful job of weaving the psalms into the story. She gives David a contemporary voice, which I like. After all, when people speak to each other during any time period they sound contemporary to themselves and each other. At the same time, the richness of her descriptive language, to me, evokes a sense of majesty that seems, well, biblical.
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Whether poetry, fiction or art, Uvi Poznansky has a talent for enticing the reader into her creations, making us a part of them. Book 2 of The David Chronicles, A Peek at Bathsheba, is no exception. Being religious or biblically knowledgeable is not required. Most everyone is familiar with David's Old Testament psalms so reading Poznansky's imagining of David the poet, the warrior, the king, the wife-stealer, and the cranky (sex-addicted) aging man is a fresh and lively way to have history come alive.

David straddles the world of art and the world of politics, He contains the Apollonian and Dionysian concept of logic vs. emotions (politician/ruler vs. poet). And as Nietzsche has written, we eventually see the Harmony inside the chaotic experience. Certainly, one is not more valued than the other. Instead, David must learn to combine the two as he grows and learns. The best part of Poznansky's character, of course, is David's inability to completely mature and integrate these parts, thus making him human and almost lovable.

I do not mean to intellectualize it. This is an enjoyable book, with lots of humor and commentaries on relationships. Marriage? Well, it would be difficult to relate to a man with a harem of wives and children, yet the human nature of the group is easily identifiable. We also have delightful peeks of an aging Bathsheba, becoming strong and, we suspect, politically savvy herself. We will know for sure in the third book.

Highly recommended no matter the level chosen.
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Uvi Poznansky continues her look at the life and times of King David, and this second volume is every bit as good as the first one ("Rise to Power").

It's a story we all know, the tale of David and Bathsheba, but it's told through a modern lens, and using language more familiar to today's world than that of the Bible. It's powerful both because it makes it easier for us to view these characters as fresh and blood humans, rather than simply as historical figures; and also because it reminds us that the same passions and failings are with us now, as existed thousands of years ago (this is a theme the author explores in many of her books).

As with her previous books, the author's use of language is simply beautiful. Her training and career as a visual artist is evident both in her descriptions and in the care she takes with every word.

Highly, highly recommended!
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A Peek at Bathsheba instantly delivered me to some time back in the B.Cs. The setting a remote arid outpost in Galilee.

The wannabe king, David slayer of Goliath actually pulled it off. Leader of twelve tribes, the new king now requires a suitable dwelling befitting his exalted status.

So in between warring and empire building, King David the actor stroke poet also composes theatrical speeches, dabbles in selecting soft furnishings and spends much time womanising. David is vain but as an artist he can be forgiven such flaws.

With all the complexities of a regal life, power struggles, love and jealousies as well as keeping his audience happy, David is very vocal in how he perceives things.

He knows that history is written be the victors but how will Nathan his scribe and man of God record this period in time? Favourably? Only time will tell.

This is book two in the epic that is The David Chronicles, I highly recommend reading book one. Whereas I myself am now eagerly awaiting book three and secretly wishing the series continues on and on, but I would because I’m a huge fan of Uvi Poznansky’s writing.

Here is one of my favourite lines …

— I hungered for her, perhaps because she belonged to another “The sweetest taste belongs to the stolen apple” —
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Growing up in church I always heard the story of David and Bathsheba in a negative way. True, David loved her at first sight, but the dirty way he sent her husband into the front lines of battle in order to kill him soured my views of the Biblical Hero. From heroically slaying Goliath with a sling, to cowardly sending a man to his death in order to claim his wife. Uvi Poznansky managed to change my mind a bit with this modern take on David's obsession and pursuit of the woman of his dreams. It's definitely not a dry book. It brims with emotions like passion, jealousy, lust, triumph, and self-realization. Religious without being preachy, historic without being boring. Five Stars.
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