What I Read Wednesday – The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

The Secret Chord

This book was released on October 6, 2016. I received a copy through NetGalley.

The main thing that drew me to this book was the name. I have a love-hate relationship with the song “Hallelujah”; if you want to pick one song to make me cry, it’s that one. In the Afterword, the author says that her inspiration for this book was her son, who learned the harp as a boy and played “Hallelujah”.

Along with Bathsheba, that I read recently as well, this book tells the story of King David, a legendary figure. This time, the story is from the point of view of his long-suffering advisor and prophet, Nathan. After the murder of his father by David’s hand, Nathan spouts off his first prophesy, causing David to take him in.

In the form of a biography written by Nathan, we hear the entire life of David, from the circumstances surrounding his birth, to the crowning of his son Solomon, or Shlomo, as he is known in this book. It is a life of much tragedy and sorrow, even if some of it was self-inflicted by his actions.

This book has beautiful descriptions and tells of everyday life so well that you feel like you’re there. It is the story of a flawed, yet well-loved king, a very human retelling.

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