24 May, 2016

The secret chord by Geraldine Brooks

The Secret ChordNatan is a prophet.  As such he occaisionally receives blinding headaches and instructions from God.  Most of the time he is like the rest of us, using common sense to work out the best way forward.  Being the mouthpiece of the Divine earns Natan respect but also is a fearsome responsibility. 

His role is to speak truth to power, the power being King David. David had been a mere shepherd who rose to be a great psalmist and king over Israel.  David knows that he has God's favour and he believes that he is under that protection.  As his reign continues he slips into thinking that God approves of all that he does, he becomes a tyrant. 

This is a full-fleshed account of the intertwined lives of two men of the Old Testament, complete with  their foibles and urges. Natan and David's newest wife Batsheba are engaging, likeable characters, David, not so much.

Title: The secret chord
Author: Geraldine Brooks

Reviewed by Christine O, Takapuna Library.

Christine O has worked in North Shore libraries for over 20 years. She likes her fiction to be credible and her nonfiction to be accessible.

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