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The Book of Samson

by David Maine

The Book of Samson
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    Oct 2006, 240 pages
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    Nov 2007, 240 pages

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David Maine was born in 1963 and grew up in Farmington, Connecticut. He attended Oberlin College and the University of Arizona and has worked in the mental-health systems of Massachusetts and Arizona. He has taught English in Morocco and Pakistan, and since 1998 has lived in Lahore, Pakistan, with his wife, journalist and novelist, Uzma Aslam Khan (author of The Story of Noble Rot, 2001; and Trespassing, 2003), who was born in Karachi, and has studied and taught English in the USA, Morocco and Lahore.

The story of Samson appears in the Old Testament Book of Judges. It also appears in the Tanakh (the sacred book of Judaism, combining the Torah and other writings) where Samson is known as Shimshon or Simson, which apparently translates as either "of the sun" or "one who serves God".

It is interesting to note that of all the biblical figures Maine could have chosen for his third novel he chose to focus on the tale of Samson, a person who is arguably the...

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