A provocative re-write of the myth of Samson who was betrayed by the love of his life. Grossman tells of a Samson as a man who feels himself an exile from the world: tortured, lonely and longing for love, rather like Frankenstein's monster. On another level Samson is a metaphor for the Jewish people and the modern state of Israel. An enjoyable, intelligent work to savour.
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. In exhilarating and lucid prose, Grossman reveals the journey of a single, lonely and tortured soul who never found a true home in the world, who was uncomfortable in his very body and who, some might say, was the precursor of today's suicide bombers.