David killing Goliath is one of the most famous stories in the bible. Here the Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks digs into the myths to uncover the real David. A shepherd born in Second Iron Age Israel who became a soldier, a hero, a traitor, a king, a murderous despot and finally a remorseful and diminished man.
The story of David comes to us as he commissions his prophet Natan, long the voice of his conscience, to set down a biography of his life. Though Natan has been by his side for many years, he turns to others that have been close to David too- his generals and brothers in arms, his wives Mikal, Avigail and Batsheva, and finally to his son Solomon. The picture that emerges of David is of a deeply flawed man, though still a better man than many, and one that often means well. He is as much a product of his time as he is his own man.
As you’d expect from such an accomplished author, Brooks brings this ancient world to life with ease. You’ll sink into this world so completely that the real world may seem a little shocking for a moment when you put the book down.
The characters are complex but believable and the story moves along at a good pace. Sometimes slowing to build tension, sometimes charging headlong – just as it seems David himself did!