In Lion’s Honey, David Grossman takes an in-depth look at the myth of Samson, from his birth to a barren woman, to his death after being betrayed by the woman he loved.
As this book is one of Canongate’s “The Myths” collection, I expected a (probably fictionalised) retelling of the Biblical story of Samson. Instead, Lion’s Honey is more like an analysis of the story. That’s not to say it isn’t good, but it certainly isn’t what I was expecting.
Grossman’s analysis is interesting and thought-provoking, taking a particular focus on the women in Samson’s life, his relationship with his parents, and his compulsive attraction to the Philistines.
This interpretation of the myth of Samson is compelling and entirely readable, but don’t go into it expecting the “retelling” it’s marketed as.
I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher.