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If you like the Old Testament, you'll love this (probably)
on 1 December 2006
A witty take on the Old Testament events which occurred around the time of King David. Heller has taken each of the characters and added a new dimension of his own, presumably using a good deal of literary license along the way. I say `presumably' because I don't know the OT all that well, which means that I didn't get the full benefit and quite honestly found it tough going most of the time. Which makes me think what a limited audience would appreciate it; since much of it is irreverent to say the least, the book must be targeted at people who are very familiar with the OT but who aren't terribly religious. The story is told by King David himself, speaking at the time when the book was written, a long time after his death obviously. Much self-effacing humour, many sexual reference which are an awful lot more explicit than you'd find in the Bible, lots of people getting smitten under the 5th rib (Heller seems to like that), but the most amusing bits relate to the treatment of Solomon, who is continually portrayed as the buffoon of the peice, giving the lie to his renowned wisdom. A good read, but suggest you read the OT first to get the best out of it!