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ISBN: 1841956562
Author: david-grossman-stuart-schoffman
Language: English
Publisher: Canongate Books; 1st edition (2006)
Pages: 155
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 593
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David Grossman is one of Israeli's pre-eminent novelists, perhaps best known for his book, The Yellow Wind: With a. .A well written book that examines the solar myth and psychology of Samson.

David Grossman is one of Israeli's pre-eminent novelists, perhaps best known for his book, The Yellow Wind: With a New Afterword by the Author. And through his writings, as well as his advocacy, he serves as a conscious for a nation. Looking both from a Biblical as well as a mythological point of view, the reader will find themselves exploring Samson as a human being, as a hero, and as an enigmatic psychological study in love and loss. It isn't the easiest book to digest, and while it reads quickly, it takes a bit to marinate in the depth of meaning.

In Lion’s Honey, David Grossman reaches beyond the calamitous events to conduct a sensitive examination of.

In Lion’s Honey, David Grossman reaches beyond the calamitous events to conduct a sensitive examination of human motivation. the author does so in a most elegant style. The Times Literary Supplement (TLS). Samson is a not only a truly tragic figure, but also a messianic one.

Translated by Stuart Schoffman it promises ‘a provocative new take’ on the biblical story of Samson.

Start by marking Lion's Honey: The Myth of Samson as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Translated by Stuart Schoffman it promises ‘a provocative new take’ on the biblical story of Samson. Unfortunately this is not a retelling The Canongate Myth Series is promoted as a series of short novels in which ancient myths from myriad cultures are reimagined and rewritten by contemporary authors.

David Grossman, Stuart Schoffman. Ironically, made me glad to find there are some books I don't enjoy. Minute textual analysis of the Samson tale in the OT. Israel's most lauded contemporary writer retells the myth of Samson, one of the most tempestuous, charismatic, and colorful characters in the Hebrew Bible. Ironically, made me glad to find there are some books I don't enjoy Читать весь отзыв.

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I happen to know that for many years the novelist David Grossman has been meeting with a group of friends in Jerusalem to study the Bible. The Samson story forms three chapters in the Book of Judges. It has many aspects, but the best known is that of the strong man who loses his power, when, due to the wiles of the fatal Delilah, his hair is cut while he sleeps.

Lion's Honey: The Myth of Samson - Canons (Paperback). David Grossman (author), Stuart Schoffman (translator)

Lion's Honey: The Myth of Samson - Canons (Paperback). David Grossman (author), Stuart Schoffman (translator). The Myths series brings together some of the world's finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way.

Translated from the Hebrew by Stuart Schoffman. Authorised King James Version. Printed by Authority. There is a Point in the Samson Story.

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

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.

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greed style
I never liked Samson. I've said before that if the two of us meet someday in heaven, there will probably be a personality clash to end all clashes. I'm hoping that my new heavenly body won't be quite so easy to beat up.

Then I read David Grossman's little book. David carries us deep into the mind--nay, the very heart--of this ancient hero, to uncover what makes him tick. Sampson has been transformed from a turbulent, macho man into a needy, troubled misfit. A muscle-bound one, no less, which makes for an explosive combination.

I like him even less this way. I would shake Delilah's hand for uncovering his secret. No, not his long hair, but the inner child that longs to be normal, which she then carefully and deliberately manipulates.

Yeah, I'm fine with the tragic ending, Samson deserved it. Nevertheless, David's clever retelling succeeds in adding life to the myth. Kudos! David draws upon various Hebrew traditions to spice up Samson's twisted personality, then leaves the poor man without even a decent shrink. How else could the story end?

Sorry, David, I never did feel any sympathy for your guy. But I absolutely loved reading your story.
Sharpbrew
David Grossman is one of Israeli's pre-eminent novelists, perhaps best known for his book, The Yellow Wind: With a New Afterword by the Author. 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. Grossman is quite clear where he stands on the issue, including "myth" in the sub-title to his work. And it is one that dates to the very beginning of historical time, around the 10th-11th century B.C., but still reverberates today, from the Cecile B. DeMille movie, "Samson and Delilah" to the Israeli Army units that bear the name of Samson. Grossman boldly labels Samson "in a sense, the first suicide-killer," and the implications seem clear that he is but a symbol for his people, who may use their strength to bring down the entire Temple of the Middle East upon them.

I just finished reviewing John Laurence's The Cat from Hue: A Vietnam War Story. He tried to end his 800 plus page tomb on an upbeat note- that maybe our political elites, as well as those they represent, had learned their lessons, and would not repeat the folly again, but would instead use "caution and prudence, maybe even humility, when considering military action against another country." Of course it didn't work out that way, and Grossman doesn't raise that hope, but simply poses the question: "Or in other words, why do human beings compulsively repeat destructive experiences, re-creating in the course of their lives the dysfunctional relationships and the self-defeating situations that arouse their worst, most toxic feelings?" (p. 131) Indeed, for at least 13 millennium.

An evocative read, highly recommended.
Honeirsil
You thought you knew the Biblical story of Samson and Delilah. You didn't - not until you read this book.

Grossman is one of Israel's best novelists and he brings all of his creative insight into retelling the familiar story in a new way. The character of Samson, as a kind of muscle-bound Golem who is doomed from the moment of his conception, thrust into a role that he neither seeks nor understands, is at the center of this reinterpretation.

Grossman even sheds new light on the hero's name -- linking it to the Hebrew root "shimush" which means use or useful. God uses Samson for his own purposes. Samson is used by God without ever fully grasping how and why.

There are many mysteries embedded in this story. Why does Samson seek disastrous relationships with Philistine women -- the daughters of his enemies? Why does he give away his secret to Delilah? Why, if he is destined to lead the Israelites against the Philistines, does he never actually do so? Why does he follow each bout of frustrated sexual activity with an orgy of murder?

Grossman, with his deep psychological understanding of Samson's dilemma, provides answers and elucidation.

This is a slim volume and can be read in a couple of hours. At the end of that time, however, the reader will never view this complex tale in the same way again.
Biaemi
I love mythology and biblical history and this was an interesting take on the Samson myth, exploring Samson's outsider-ness, and mixed relationship w/both his own clansmen and the Philistines. While Grossman has some interesting interpretations of Samson's possible motives for various parts of his story, there is no explanation whatsoever about why he would possibly tell Delilah the secret of his strength, especially after she already tried to set his enemies upon him twice. Nor is there any suggestion about why he would continue to love a wretched wench like that. Sounds like suicide, which is fine, arguably Socrates & Jesus of Nazareth used 3d parties to effectuate their own demise as well, but that would be a really interesting angle to explore. Grossman doesn't touch it. Still, short, interesting, moderately thought provoking.
Jonide
A well written book that examines the solar myth and psychology of Samson. Looking both from a Biblical as well as a mythological point of view, the reader will find themselves exploring Samson as a human being, as a hero, and as an enigmatic psychological study in love and loss.

It isn't the easiest book to digest, and while it reads quickly, it takes a bit to marinate in the depth of meaning. Samson is a not only a truly tragic figure, but also a messianic one. The parallels to the Jesus are evident and while not explicitly pointed out, are easy enough to see if kept in mind.

Worth the read.

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