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A Peek at Bathsheba (The David Chronicles) (Volume 2) Paperback – July 6, 2014
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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
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My book, A Peek at Bathsheba, includes a sighting of Bathsheba at mouth of a cave, located just above the Kidron valley, near Jerusalem. The setting immediately brought to my mind A Woman Bathing in a Stream, painted in 1655 by Rembrandt, immediately after he painted Bathsheba at Her Bath.
During the history of art, most artists portrayed Bathsheba as a fleshy, mature woman. They often placed her in a lush outdoor scenery, such as a royal garden, with flowing water or with a fountain. Spotting a forbidden woman in a setting reminiscent of the Garden of Eden is a tempting fantasy, and quite a departure from the biblical account, that states she was bathing on her roof. Artists go after their own heart--and so, indeed, do writers--to suggest the emotional essence of the story.
Rembrandt places his figure not in a garden, but in a cave with a pool of water, which is at once an outdoor and indoor scene (and in Bathsheba at Her Bath he presented her in an indoor scene, in her bedroom.)
Unlike paintings done by other artists--depicting Susanna and the Elders, Bathsheba, or the goddess Diana, who were all spied upon while bathing--this painting does not show the peeping man. Instead, Rembrandt supplants him by you, the viewer. Also, the woman in his painting is in control of the situation, rather than a victim of it.
Rembrandt worked mostly with a grays, browns, and blacks, setting objects back by plunging them into this dark tone, and bringing them forward by shining a bright light directly upon them, creating stark contrasts. The resulting image is sculptural in nature, and strikingly dramatic.
Clearly, the composition of my watercolor painting is inspired by his admirable art, shares a similar spirit of intimacy, and maintains a loving respect for the model. Here is my approach, my homage to it, which illuminates the new vision I use for the story.
I strive to maintain a sculptural feel for Bathsheba, but take the freedom to play with a splash of colors, so as to draw contrasts between cool and warm hues. I create a variety of textures, using a loose, spontaneous brushstroke. This I achieve by applying puddles of pigments over Yupo paper, which (unlike traditional watercolor paper) is non-absorbent. I let these puddles drip in some places, and in other places, I lift and shape them into careful designs, using various tools.
The font selected for the title depicts a regal, dynamically slanted, and rather grandiose handwriting style, just the way I imagine David's penmanship in his private diary.
By contrast to the title, the font selected for the name of the trilogy--The David Chronicles--is a more formal one, and it is presented in capitals. This adheres to the font scheme for the cover of the first volume, Rise to Power.
At the top, the letters are bathed in golden light, which fades gradually towards the bottom. Down there, they are soaked in a blood red color, as befits this dramatic affair of love and war.
A Peek at Bathsheba is one volume out of a trilogy. Therefore I am designing the spines of all three covers to have a matching feel in terms of the image and font scheme. So when you place them on your bookshelf, one spine next to the other, all three volumes will visually belong together. Together they will grace the look of your library.
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Top Customer Reviews
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 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!
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” —
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't think this was biblical. I thought it would follow Buble story morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I received this book at no charge from Amazon for Kindle. I enjoyed the read, and want to thank the author for generously sharing the work for free.Published 4 months ago by NinaS
Interesting read, the author has given herself quite the challenge by bringing a piece of the bible to life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by P.S. Winn
One of the first Bible stories that children are told is about David and Goliath. The tale of the young shepherd who rises to greatness by killing a great warrior far larger than... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Andrew Kuligowski
The author of this book has humanized King David in this second book in a way that we can relate to him. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lenita Sheridan Graves
Another breathtaking journey into the life of King David. Once again, Ms. Pozanski has given us a glimpse onto the life and times of this inscrutable near myth, turning him into a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Valerie
Uvi Poznansky’s body of works with any art form she uses is magical. In this story, the second in the David Chronicles, Uvi applies her extensive knowledge of ancient Biblical... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ashley Fontainne
I know the Biblical story of David and Bathsheba and this is a continuation of that relationship up until David is on his death bed. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Book Lover
while most historical books are not something I'm a fan of, Uvi takes a new refreshing look at historical beings. In this second story we King David anthe rise and fall of him. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lauren Alumbaugh