Synopses & Reviews
David Grossman, the celebrated Israeli novelist, deconstructs the myth of Samson with the mastery of a scholar and the language of a poet. Writing of Samson the man instead of Samson the hero, Grossman finds that the story of a lost soul in turbulent times powerfully echoes our own times.
Israels most lauded contemporary writer retells the myth of Samson, one of the most tempestuous, charismatic, and colorful characters in the Hebrew Bible. There are few other Bible stories with so much drama and action, narrative fireworks and raw emotion, as we find in the tale of Samson: the battle with the lion; the three hundred burning foxes; the women he bedded and the one woman that he loved; his betrayal by all the women in his life, from his mother to Delilah; and, in the end, his murderous suicide, when he brought the house down on himself and three thousand Philistines. Yet, beyond the wild impulsiveness, the chaos, the din, we can make out a life story that is, at bottom, the tortured journey of a single, lonely and turbulent soul who never found, anywhere, a true home in the world, whose very body was a harsh place of exile. For me, this discovery, this recognition, is the point at which the myth for all its grand images, its larger-than-life adventures slips silently into the day-to-day existence of each of us, into our most private moments, our buried secrets.” from David Grossmans introduction to Lions Honey