- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Uvi Poznansky
- Audible.com Release Date: November 14, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PMA8NS4
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A Peek at Bathsheba: The David Chronicles, Book 2 Audible – Unabridged
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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!
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.
It's volume Ii or Poznansky's David trilogy and in it we hear David's own voice as he struggles to make the transition from warrior to king, from poet to politician, from giant-killer to a man who must be all things to all his people. Sensuous and poetic scenes in the women's quarters and in the Judean countryside balance the scenes of action and warfare and we see David as a complex character interacting with several powerful women and other warriors--both enemies and friends. Oh yes, he must also negotiate his plans with the odd prophet who speaks for God and another spiritual advisor. or two. If all this wasn't enough, there are the scribes to contend with, those tasked with turning his real life into palatable history. Those who know the Book of Psalms, even a little, will relish as I did the way in which Poznansky situates Davidic psalm verses in very convincing life contexts. But you don't have to know a thing about the bible to enjoy "A Peek." It's a really good read.
And though the book revolves around his love for Bathsheba, it is so much more, fraught with wondrous and sumptuous language..."The hours swell into a day, and the day drains into night, during which the shadow dissolves." He speaks of the familiar scent of soil, the intoxicating smell of jasmine blooming in the air, and the gleam of the setting sun as it runs down the curve of his steed's neck.
But my favorite parts are when he wonders about death, and
what will happen to his dreams when he is gone? "Will they fizz out, too? . . . What will last, when I am swallowed by the void? Who will be left to imagine her, rising from the foam?"
When he engages in repartee with his advisors, especially the religious ones, and when he questions Abiathar regarding a military prophecy, I was in stitches... "Circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees.” said Abiathar, "Really? God mentioned poplar trees?” asked David. “He did,” said Abiathar..." the whole conversation between them is almost as it would have been lifted from my own brain, as David continues to wonder at the precise instructions, but hesitates to ask, “Really?” again, because "The last thing I wished to do was clash with an extremely devout person." I know that the last thing I WANT TO DO IS ARGUE WITH AN EXTREMELY DEVOUT PERSON!
I love when he wonders at how a woman, " is likened, in our culture, to an ox or donkey." Then declares, "If I were a woman, which— thank God!— I am not, I would riot in the streets over this."
And how, "As a poet I play with flowery expressions. As a politician I arm myself with them to achieve my goals." He also likes to use poetic language to skew and manipulate the truth just a bit, especially when dealing with his wives. It makes him so much more real.
I could go on and on, but I won't because you must experience this for yourself, bathe yourself in this exotic world and take A Peek at Bathsheba.
I also have the audible version which I most highly recommend. Justin Harmer's voice is like molten chocolate, lending a rich and evocative tone to Ms Pozanski's gorgeous prose.
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