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The Secret Chord: A Novel (edição 2015)

por Geraldine Brooks (Autor)

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"A rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of People of the Book and March. With more than two million copies of her novels sold, New York Times bestselling author Geraldine Brooks has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Now, Brooks takes on one of literature's richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David's life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, that have been neglected. We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him - from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his Lear-like old age. Brooks has an uncanny ability to hear and transform characters from history, and this beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal, and power will enthrall her many fans."… (mais)
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Título:The Secret Chord: A Novel
Autores:Geraldine Brooks (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Books (2016), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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The Secret Chord por Geraldine Brooks

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    Queenmaker por India Edghill (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: In these historical novels, the Biblical King David emerges as a complex, flawed man willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his ambitions. The Secret Chord is framed as the prophet Nathan's chronicle; David's first wife Michal narrates Queenmaker.… (mais)
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    The Red Tent por Anita Diamant (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Transcending their scriptural origins, the subjects of these biographical novels become complex, flawed human beings whose strengths and weaknesses shape their lives. The Secret Chord depicts King David of Israel; The Red Tent introduces Dinah, daughter of the Biblical Jacob.… (mais)
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life of king david; many voices.
  18cran | May 30, 2021 |
I really enjoyed Year of Wonders but this did not even remotely capture me. I do not know my Old Testament history very well and had trouble following what was happening, esp. with the flashbacks and the most historically correct but not commonly used names. However, the main problem was mainly the never ending cruelty and violence, often associated with sex but also with warfare and the utter lack of plot and character development to redeem any of this. It became an unpleasant slog and I was very glad to be done with it.
  amyem58 | May 16, 2021 |
Slow read- confusing at times due to Brooks using Hebrew names/places...not told in chronological order either... Better towards end... ( )
  Betsy_Crumley | Jan 28, 2021 |
I had the hardest time getting into this at first, but chapter by chapter it grew on me until I was outright enthralled for the last half. ( )
  suzecate | Nov 2, 2020 |
I read and adored 'People of the Book' some time ago, and now I have added 'The Secret Chord' and 'Caleb's Crossing' to the pile by the side of my reading place. I am only at chapter 4 but already this is a 5 star book for me. I am transported back in time to the lands of The Bible and I am soaking in the atmosphere of warriors and kings and dynasties. Geraldine Brooks is a most accomplished writer, one to savour.
  HelenWeddell | Oct 23, 2020 |
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"It isn’t for me to argue with Scripture, but I will say that Geraldine Brooks’s latest novel, “The Secret Chord” — a thundering, gritty, emotionally devastating reconsideration of the story of King David — makes a masterly case for the generative power of retelling."
adicionada por bookfitz | editarNew York Times, Alana Newhouse (Oct 22, 2015)
 
"Though she offers no compelling alternative read of David, the fact that she manages to faithfully reconstruct the story is itself something of a feat, as is her evocation of a highly complex character in a manner that is at once critical and also deeply sympathetic."
adicionada por bookfitz | editarChicago Tribune, Shoshana Olidort (Oct 8, 2015)
 
"But in making David so satisfyingly human, Brooks has crafted from The Secret Chord a compelling read, contemporary in its relevance."
adicionada por bookfitz | editarThe Guardian, Meredith Jaffe (Oct 7, 2015)
 
"From the texture of wool tunics, the fragility of clay tablets, and the easy grazing of goats to the outsized pride of the men, the unquestioned subjugation of women, and the hot brutality of the nonstop battles, Brooks’s vision of the biblical world is enrapturing."
adicionada por bookfitz | editarThe Boston Globe, Matthew Gilbert (Oct 3, 2015)
 
"In many ways, “The Secret Chord” reads like a prose poem, with battle after battle recounted in detail, but it’s a page turner of a poem."
adicionada por bookfitz | editarWashington Post, Alice Hoffman (Sep 28, 2015)
 
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"A rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of People of the Book and March. With more than two million copies of her novels sold, New York Times bestselling author Geraldine Brooks has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Now, Brooks takes on one of literature's richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David's life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, that have been neglected. We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him - from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his Lear-like old age. Brooks has an uncanny ability to hear and transform characters from history, and this beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal, and power will enthrall her many fans."

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