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The David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuelby Robert Alter
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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.
"Masterly."--New York Times Book Review "The most compelling version . . . since the King James Bible."--Robert Fagles "Read it and rejoice."--David Gelernter, National Review "A splendid new translation of one of the Bible's greatest stories."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Ripley is an unmistakable descendant of Gatsby, that 'penniless young man without a past' who will stop at nothing."'"Frank Richn
"A masterpiece of contemporary Bible translation and commentary."--Los Angeles Times Book Review, Best Books of 1999
Now part of American film and literary lore, Tom Ripley, "a bisexual psychopath and art forger who murders without remorse when his comforts are threatened" (New York Times Book Review), was Patricia Highsmith's favorite creation. In The Boy Who Followed Ripley(1980), Highsmith explores Ripley's bizarrely paternal relationship with a troubled young runaway, whose abduction draws them into Berlin's seamy underworld. More than any other American literary character, Ripley provides "a lens to peer into the sinister machinations of human behavior" (John Freeman, Pittsburgh Gazette).
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. Alter's translation paints not only the heroic picture of David in his fight with Goliath, but also portrays David as an ambitious, calculating man with a flawed vision.
About the Author
Patricia Highsmith, who died in Switzerland in 1995, wrote more than thirty novels, including Strangers on a Trainand The Price of Salt, as well as numerous short stories.
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