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The David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel [Paperback]

By Robert Alter (Author)
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Acclaimed for its masterful new translation and insightful commentary, "The David Story" is a fresh, vivid rendition of one of the great works in Western literature. Alter's translation paints not only the heroic picture of David in his fight with Goliath, but also portrays David as an ambitious, calculating man with a flawed vision.

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Acclaimed for its masterful new translation and insightful commentary, The David Story is a fresh, vivid rendition of one of the great works in Western literature. Robert Alter's brilliant translation gives us David, the beautiful, musical hero who slays Goliath and, through his struggles with Saul, advances to the kingship of Israel. But this David is also fully human: an ambitious, calculating man who navigates his life's course with a flawed moral vision. The consequences for him, his family, and his nation are tragic and bloody. Historical personage and full-blooded imagining, David is the creation of a literary artist comparable to the Shakespeare of the history plays. "Masterly." New York Times Book Review "The most compelling version . . . since the King James Bible." Robert Fagles "Read it and rejoice." David Gelernter, National Review "A splendid new translation of one of the Bible's greatest stories." Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Item Specifications...

Studio: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.28" Width: 5.6" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 17, 2000
Publisher   W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN  0393320774  
ISBN13  9780393320770  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert Alter is a Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime contributions to American letters, he lives in Berkeley, California.

Robert Alter currently resides in Berkeley, in the state of California. Robert Alter has an academic affiliation as follows - University of California, Berkeley.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Bible & Other Sacred Texts
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Commentaries > Old Testament
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david hamelech is so cool!  Feb 13, 2008
I really like how he looked at four different texts/translations and decided which one he thought fit best in each context while at the same time footnoting whatever the Masoretic text said, whether he chose it or not. I would have liked it better if there had been parallel Hebrew and English texts, but not everybody likes that (or can read it).
It's more than a translation and less than a commentary, as you might have guessed from the title. I kind of like commentaries more, but this is pretty cool.
Read this!  Dec 3, 2007
Illuminating. Robert Alter is more than worth owning for those of us who enjoy clarity in translation.
A really incredible translation of a really great story  Mar 22, 2007
It's really a shame that Robert Altar has "only" translated Samuel I and II and the Five Books of Moses because once you read one of his translations with all of their glorious commentary, using another commentary on another book of the Bible feels sort of empty. I am terribly sad about finishing this book. It's amazingly readable; the footnotes are ample and very satisfying. If you want to read the Books of Samuel and gain an understanding of them and an appreciation for them, I can't imagine there is a better book for you to buy.

I would add that this book also approaches the story from what I guess you would call a literary-historical perspective. Hence, it doesn't really matter whether you are religious or not, or what your religion is. Alter will help you see the David story for what it is: one of the richest and best stories ever produced.
A Nabokovian translation  Jan 18, 2007
The translations of Alter and Everett Fox, both excellent with slight variations between them, are the first in English that deserve to sit alongside the magisterial King James Version.
--Dr. Robert Zaslavsky, author of the recently published "The First Latin Course"
More than just a translation  Dec 28, 2005
Robert Alter covers I Samuel, II Samuel, and the first part of I Kings. With these books, the historical span of the life of King David is covered.

Alter translates in such a way as to give us a better feel for the narrative that the original writers may have intended. Not only does he try to get the original words, but also the original tempo of the words that give it a lively effect. Throughout the text, he explains his choices when sources disagrees. Each choice is explained linguistically and in some instances, poetically. This was a definite plus!

Along with commentary on the translation, Alter explains how actions fit historically and geographically. He has definitely done his homework! Further, he explains some parts in modern analogy (a comparison to the mafia in a few instances), which really help the reader connect with the narrative.

I would highly recommend this book for people wanting a good translation and a better understanding of the story and details of King David.

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