Rise to Power by Uvi Poznanski (Bookreview by S. Winter)

I have read ‘Rise to Power’ after Uvi’s ‘Apart from Love’ because I’ve liked her style and her psychological insight. In ‘Rise to Power’, Uvi has entered the head and mind of a man, of King David, whom we all have read about or heard of in Sunday School. But, how different this man shows in her story. Uvi, first of all, is using quite contemporary language which makes Kind David of the Bible a human being, someone we can visionalize and feel, almost touch. Maybe understand. She is giving a human face to King David which we are able to recognise. I knew King David only for the killing of Goliath but, reading Uvi’s excellent psychological assessment of his character, I feel as if history becomes alive, the man becomes alive. Uvi is an excellent writer, using her artistic skills of painting to create a picture of historical biblical characters to evolve in front of our inner eye. She truly is an artist of words. King David, a remarkable character of his time, becoming one representative of the Israel we all know. The quest for power, the passion, deceiving and manipulating, but still, the human face of times gone by and our time. Historical fiction at it’s finest Uvi Poznanski is a remarkable writer. She is dancing with words.

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