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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks - Book Review

About The Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

"The Secret Chord," by Geraldine Brooks, is a book that grabs your attention from the very beginning and holds on to it until the very final chapter.

A fascinating look at the life of the biblical King David and his life as seen through the eyes of his prophet, and friend, Natan, Brooks proves her expertise as a master storyteller with this novel. The characters are fascinating, the history of the time is intriguing, and the overall tone of the book is just a complete work of wonderful reading. The reader can get a feel of almost being there among King David's people at some of the most critical times of his life. I particularly enjoyed learning more about David's wives, and the numerous children he had with them. (You had to be a tough gal to hang with the King in those days.)

While I was enthralled with the story here, there were times when I was a bit dismayed at the use of unnecessary profanity found in it - I just thought the story would have been better without it.

That being said, I still found "The Secret Chord" a very enjoyable way to ending the reading year of 2015!  And I recommend it for fans of inspirational and historical fiction.

About The Author:


Geraldine Brooks is the author of four novels, the Pulitzer Prize–winning March and the international bestsellers Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Her novel, Caleb’s Crossing, was the winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Christianity Today Book Award, and was a finalist for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz.

Check out her website at www.geraldinebrooks.com for more information on the author and her work.

My thanks to Viking Books and Netgalley for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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