Abishag the Shunammite washes her hands, powders her arms, removes her robe, and approaches my bed to lie down on top of me.
There is no new thing under the sun, is there, certainly no new plots. Show me anything whereof it may be said "See, this is new," and I will show you it hath been. There are only four basic plots in life anyway, and nine in literature, and everything else is but variation, vanity, and vexation of spirit.
"Thank you, Samuel. That's the loveliest story I've ever been told."
Joseph Heller's powerful, wonderfully funny, deeply moving novel is the story of David -- yes, King David -- but as you've never seen him before. You already know David as the legendary warrior king of Israel, husband of Bathsheba, and father of Solomon; now meet David as he really was: the cocky Jewish kid, the plagiarized poet, and the Jewish father. Listen as David tells his own story, a story both relentlessly ancient and surprisingly modern, about growing up and growing old, about men and women, and about man and God. It is quintessential Heller.
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As the Biblical David lies on his death-bed he looks back on his own, crowded life and tells all --.