The David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1999 - Religion - 410 pages
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Acclaimed for its masterful new translation and insightful commentary, The David Story is a fresh, vivid rendition of one of the great works in Western literature. Robert Alter's brilliant translation gives us David, the beautiful, musical hero who slays Goliath and, through his struggles with Saul, advances to the kingship of Israel. But this David is also fully human: an ambitious, calculating man who navigates his life's course with a flawed moral vision. The consequences for him, his family, and his nation are tragic and bloody. Historical personage and full-blooded imagining, David is the creation of a literary artist comparable to the Shakespeare of the history plays.

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

Five stars for the translation, which is wonderfully readable. But the commentary often sounds like special-pleading rather than than information and feels too in-depth for what is, at the end of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - solla - LibraryThing

I have just finished the David story which is an Robert Alter translation of Samuel I and II of the Bible. Prior to this I read his translation of the first five books. From that prior translation my ... Read full review

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Robert Alter is Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew & Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

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