The Secret Chord (Hardback)
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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 05/11/2015
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1000 BC. The Second Iron Age. The time of King David. Anointed as the chosen one when just a young shepherd boy, David will rise to be king, grasping the throne and establishing his empire. But his journey is a tumultuous one and the consequences of his choices will resound for generations. In a life that takes him from obscurity to fame, he is by turns hero and traitor, glamorous young tyrant and beloved king, murderous despot and remorseful, diminished patriarch. His wives love and fear him, his sons will betray him. It falls to Natan, the courtier and prophet who both counsels and castigates David, to tell the truth about the path he must take. With stunning originality, Geraldine Brooks offers us a compelling portrait of a morally complex hero from this strange age - part legend, part history. Full of drama and richly drawn detail, The Secret Chord is a vivid story of faith, family, desire and power that brings David magnificently alive.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781408704516
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 554 g
Dimensions: 241 x 165 x 30 mm


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What Mary Renault did with Alexander the Great, Geraldine Brooks has done with King David: breathed life into an ancient hero. Haunting, exciting and as satisfying -- Tom Holland Here is a man who is both great and flawed, just like those tragic heroes Oedipus and King Lear. But in making David so satisfyingly human, Brooks has crafted from The Secret Chord a compelling read, contemporary in relevance -- Meredith Jaffe Guardian A haunting, memorable novel Sunday Times The Secret Chord paints a portrait so layered and rich in detail it makes you feel you can reach out and touch him Woman's Own Vividly drawn ... a beautiful and thoughtful book -- Antonia Senior The Times This David is ecstatic, visceral and virile Independent The Secret Chord is sensual historical fiction, full of rich descriptive language Third Way

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“Not a tale for Sunday School!”

Geraldine Brooks’ The Secret Chord takes the familiar biblical (and, like many bible tales, at least partly historical) narrative and turns it into a surprisingly modern novel. The names are archaic – it took me a... More

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