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ISBN: 0822001101

Published 1989

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ISBN: 087891000X

Published 1996


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The Title

The plot of the novel is reminiscent of 2 Samuel 13-18, in which King David’s eldest son, Amnon, has incestual relations with his sister Tamar. In retribution, their brother Absalom kills Amnon. The title alludes specifically to 2 Samuel 18, in which David learns of Absalom’s death by Joab:

  And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is.
  And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! (2 Sam 18: 32-33)

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Names in bold face indicate major or significant characters.

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