“I heard there was a Secret Chord/That David played and it pleased the Lord” – Leonard Cohen
The Secret Chord – Geraldine Brooks
This is another satisfying read from Pulitzer-prize winning author Geraldine Brooks. The story revolves around the life of King David (he of the Old Testament), from working as a shepherd in his youth, to soldier, then as King.
Brooks weaves a magical tale and manages to bring both connections and emotions to people of the past (loved People of the Book by her). She writes themes of desire, ambition, family and faith and gives us an insight into the man himself, who played the harp and fought fiercelessly in battle.
Fans of Brooks books (myself included) will enjoy this historical fiction novel. I loved The Year of Wonders, and found the Secret Chord not my favorite subject matter. Still a very worthy 4/5 📚
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