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David Grossman , Stuart Schoffman
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3 May 2007 Myths
In Lion's Honey, award-winning writer David Grossman takes on one of the most vivid and controversial characters in the Bible. Revisiting Samson's famous battle with the lion, his many women and his betrayal by them all, including the only one he ever loved. Grossman gives us a provocative new take on the story and its climax, Samson's final act of death, brining down a temple on himself and three thousand Philistines. In exhilarating and lucid prose, Grossman reveals the journey of a single, lonely and tortured soul who never found a true home in the world, who was uncomfortable in his very body and who, some might say, was the precursor of today's suicide bombers.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841959235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841959238
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Original and very clever." The Times "The story strikes numerous sparks in Israeli history, and one of the pleasures of the book is where he locates the precise settings of the biblical narrative in Israel and Palestine." Independent "What he does is to deal with an old, neglected text in a way that rekindles interest in and fascination for it." Spectator "His tone is both informal and didactic, the result both enriching and entertaining," TLS"

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"Let my soul die with the Philistines"

Samson the hero; a brave warrior, leader of men and Nazarite of God? Or a misfit given to whoring and lust, who failed to fulfil his destiny? In Lion’s Honey, award-winning writer David Grossman takes on one of the most vivid and controversial characters in the Bible. Revisiting Samson’s famous battle with the lion, his many women and his betrayal by them all – including the only one he ever loved –Grossman gives us a provocative new take on the story and its climax, Samson’s final act of death, bringing down a temple on himself and three thousand Philistines.

In exhilarating and lucid prose, Grossman reveals the journey of a single, lonely and tortured soul who never found a true home in the world, who was uncomfortable in his very body and who, some might say, was the precursor of today’s suicide bombers. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant little book 11 Aug 2007
Format:Hardcover
David Grossman is for my money the greatest living Israeli writer. His late 80s novel 'See Under: Love' is significant as being one of the first, belated attempts by an Israeli writer to achieve some kind of imaginative sense of the cost of the Holocaust. His non-fiction book 'The Yellow Wind', a series of interviews with Palestinians, is famous in Israel for having more or less predicted the first Intifada. His last novel 'Someone To Run With' takes stock of the corruption and moral bankruptcy of modern Israeli society. He has written passionately and angrily about the plight of the Palestinians, which is more than you can say for many of his contemporaries. I can only assume that the reason he isn't read in English-speaking countries as much as he ought to be is that the Western, English-speaking readership for serious fiction has some sort of preconceived notion that Israeli writers have nothing to say to them.

They couldn't be more wrong. The other review of this book is remarkably insensitive to where Grossman is coming from. Kenneth Tynan says somewhere that what tends to move us in some kinds of writing is what it must have cost the writer to write it in the first place; I, as a very minor writer myself, am extremely moved by Grossman's agonised depiction of Samson's plight, the tragedy of a man who never really understood himself (how unlike the tragedy of Oedipus, where a man's search for self-knowledge ends up destroying him). Samson, in all his helpless incomprehension, his self-pity, his mixture of almost casual tenderness and outbursts of manic violence, is a hero to many Israelis, and in writing about him Grossman is taking a central myth of Israel on the chin.
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3.0 out of 5 stars SCRIPTURE AS LITERATURE 3 Mar 2013
By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
There is another David Grossman, a very able and entertaining correspondent to the BBC's Newsnight, and I looked at this book thinking he was its author. That error of mine lasted only a second or two, but I followed it up with another: when I saw this book subtitled `the myth' of Samson, I jumped to the conclusion that this might be a work of textual criticism, or at least of historical investigation. It is neither of those. It is a piece of traditional lit crit (although an upmarket specimen), the sort of thing that used to be dished up by the erstwhile guru of Shakespearean criticism A C Bradley.

That kind of thing is all very well when the subject under consideration is ordinary literature. When the literature in question is sacred scripture, two unhealthy tendencies come into play. The first is that the commentary becomes a bit of a wallow - after all the holy books of people's religion are part of people's sense of their own identity, and every sentence will be pressed in pursuit of special significance. The other danger is that the earnest quest for deep meaning in the text may be squandered on textual readings that are dubious, incredible or downright wrong. I recall A E Housman recounting in his inaugural address at Cambridge how Swinburne had defended the published text of a poem by Shelley on the basis of his deep insight into the poet's style. Unfortunately for Swinburne his eloquent exegesis was of a misprint.

This David Grossman, even more than his namesake, is highly intellectual and mellifluous. He turns out to be a novelist, and this particular book has been translated (except for the biblical sequence at the start I presume) by Stuart Schoffman. Schoffman is to be complimented on his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A most beneficial bible-study lesson... 11 Feb 2011
By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
David Grossman is one of Israeli's pre-eminent novelists, perhaps best known for his book, Yellow Wind And through his writings, as well as his advocacy, he serves as a conscious for a nation.

"Lion's Honey, The Myth of Samson," is a careful examination of four chapters in the Book of Judges in the Old Testament, which are included at the beginning of his analysis. Grossman meticulously weighs each sentence, holds each to the light, seeing the nuance, what was said, what wasn't, who was there, who wasn't. He is given to conjecture also, but always identifies it as such, even to the proposition that Samson may actually have been the product of an affair between his mother, previously "the barren one," the woman of no name, prior to the arrival of an "angel," who may have been a flesh and blood Philistine.

The author also discusses the existential questions surrounding Samson; he is always the "outsider." He is also enmeshed in relationships with his people's overlord, and therefore enemy, the Philistines. He chooses a wife from them, who betrays him, and then goes to seek solace among them in Gaza, finding the only woman with a name in this drama, Delilah, who also repeatedly betrays him. His need for betrayal seems to be self-evident, and so Grossman naturally speculates how this relates to his mother.

It is a short, but very dense book, and much more could be said. Fortunately "my neighbor" to the north, R. M. Peterson, who recommended the book to me, has posted an excellent, detailed review which I highly recommend.

Many Americans would believe the words in Judges, as well as the rest of the Old Testament to be literally true.
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