Rise to Power
Come into the world and mind of the first King of Israel, watch his rivals and his lovers.
A man of flesh and blood, with immense powers of reflection and analysis David is a superb character, real, with bite and of the human race, quite different from the biblical myth that has been created around him.
We see him as he slowly rises to power and reflects on what it takes to survive in this era of cruelty.
About the auuthor
Uvi Poznansky is a California-based author, poet and artist. “I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.” She received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. Uvi writes across a variety of genres: Apart From Love (literary fiction), The David Chronicles (historical fiction), Rise to Power (historical fiction), A Peek at Bathsheba (historical romance), The Edge of Revolt ((historical fiction), A Favorite Son (biblical fiction), Home (poetry), Twisted (dark fantasy) Now I Am Paper (children’s book) and Jess and Wiggle (children’s book.)
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Uvi Poznansky’s “Rise To Power” is a compelling read. It stands time on its head by allowing the reader to go back to a past event and re-visit it, experience it again through modern eyes, modern morality, and modern mores. In my case, I had always detested this particular story about David. I found it immoral and unconscionable for one man to have so much power over a man. David’s abuse of power was disagreeable to me, to put it mildly.
Yet this new telling of the story brought out something I had never considered before. Though I am aware that the author is freely using artistic license, I found the possibility of human weakness much more plausible as I read the following lines, with its full power of suggestion:
(quote) “…Bathsheba… She is different. My God, she is a woman! Which is why she seems untouchable to me, and not only because she is married…All of a sudden she stirs. Has the water cooled down?…”Go away,” she says, with her back to me…It seems that shame is not in her nature. She moves the big sponge around her neck, into one armpit, then another, knowing full well I cannot take my eyes off her. I cannot help but notice the bubbles of soap sliding slowly down, all the way down, then around her slippery curves. She may be the one in the tub–but contrary to my expectations, I am the one trapped…”(end of quote) It is impossible not to understand what David means when he says, “I am the one trapped.” I give him credit for being human, and I doubt if I would not have acted exactly as he did in the face of irresistible temptation. After all, like David, I’m only human too…
A man of flesh and blood, with sexual urges, pride and huge powers of reflection and analysis David is a superb character, real, with bite and of the human race – quite different from the biblical myth that has been created around him.
We see him as he slowly rises to power, from a small soldier to military leader, his military campaigns, his ambitions and the rivalry over the throne; we see the husband to Michal – his first wife and the sometimes strange ‘renaissance’ man. The novel is historical fiction, biblical fiction and simply excellent fiction.
Wit, sharp-minded powers of observations and deep psychological undestanding of the human mind are amongst Poznansky’s many strengths. Her characters and stories are powerful, her historic/biblical knowledge is sound. All through my reading of the story I was tempted to check on the internet for the biblical story behind this novel to remind myself of the exact details and to see if anything had been changed. I can vouch for the accuracy now as I can vouch for the entertaining and meaningful character of the story.
I am still in awe just how much there is to the story of King David – this is the first book of a series and we are not all too far into the life of David.
What a treat to have the story of David presented in such an intellectually stimulating manner, incorporating the historic more than the biblical aspect of the figure. This is by no means a Jewish manifesto. Religion and God play a secondary role in what is a modern adaptation of a very good story.
I look forward to the next book in this original and intriguing series.
Second thing: – I felt cheated by getting such a short-changed version of the whole story. I felt that the author was more concerned about stretching commercial value than giving the reader a treat. I’ve been unable to throw off the feeling that I’ve been offered a half portion. This great read just stops, so demanding more money from those wishing to complete the journey.
There simply isn’t a great deal of factual stuff about David, even if one is religious enough to trust every biblical word, so getting a complete story in one volume seems anything but an unreasonable expectation. It isn’t like this is a long read, that leaves one already exhausted, anyway.
I did find some of the expressions rather clichéd, fashionable, rather than helpful, and I failed to see what the thin scatter of mildly offensive language did to help the read. I accept that the slang element may well lend realism, but when writing about what is to some people such sensitive material is its use really helpful. It isn’t like our language is short of descriptive words.
The rest of this opinion is only positive. Poznansky writes engaging and easily flowing prose. I haven’t read anything else she has written. I am anything but put off doing so. Read more ›