God Knows Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Given the popularity of David as a Biblical hero, particularly in the beloved story of his slaying of Goliath, God Knows is certain to strike a nerve with some readers in its vulgar language, detailed sex scenes, and disturbingly realistic portrayal of a nonheroic, self-pitying David in old age.

Readers' responses to certain stylistic features of the novel, such as the fragmented chronology, use of colloquial modern speech, and anachronistic references, should also lead to animated discussion.

1. In what major ways does Heller's David differ from the Biblical conception of him? How do Heller's portrayals of Saul, Jonathan, and Nathan differ from those in the Bible?

2. Why do you think Heller chose to portray David in old age?

3. What are Heller's David's most admirable and most disturbing traits?

4. Do you think that Abishag primarily nurtures David or psychologically torments him?

5. What conclusions can we draw about Heller's attitudes towards marriage...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
God Knows from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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