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Posted November 23, 2010
The Ultimate Retelling of A Classic Biblical Love Story!!!
We've all heard the story of Samson and Delilah from the Bible, but just recently, India Edghill offers us a unique perspective in her newest novel, Delilah, on just what her life must have been like.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In the opening chapters of this book, we learn what Delilah's childhood was like living in the palace serving under the gods of the time and learning all she could to become a priestess in the temple of Atargatis, one of Five Cities that ruled Caanan. She spends her life growing up under the watchful eyes of the high priestess Derceto, who sees her as a valuable pawn in her political agenda.
While in the hills of Caanan, the Israelites choose Samson to lead their fight against the Five Cities. When Samson catches a glimpse of Delilah, he is ready to risk his freedom to marry her, and Derceto seizes the chance to have Samson at her mercy. In this detailed retelling of the Biblical tale, we see a more intimate relationship between the characters of Samson and Delilah that may have led each to their climatic end as we know it.
I received this book compliments of Picador Publishers for my honest review and once again being a lover of these Biblical tales, I love it when authors take it a step further and involve us in the daily lives of these characters. India Edghill does an exceptional job at showing readers what life in those times would have been like for any girl and the difficult choices both parents and children had to make in those days. This is a 5 star book.
This book is available in paperback, hardcover and eBook formats.
I strongly disagree with the critics that found this book tedious or complained that the characters lacked depth. They obviously were not reading the same book. All the characters were interesting of course Delilah most of all. But each character revealed another layer to a story I am still thinking about long after I finished the book. What I especially found fascinating was the positive way Delilah's religion was represented. As portrayed in the book Atargatis was a Goddess of love. It was only some of her followers who corrupted her message. I found this book almost impossible to put down and read it in 2 days! I am looking forward to reading the other books Ms. Edghill has written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 25, 2012
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