Wednesday, May 26, 2010

WHERE AM I?

Another easy one – name the city (send a comment) and if you like, tell us if you know of a longer sentence in literature!

This excerpt, from The King David Report by Stefan Heym (Quartet Books), demonstrates just what an entertaining classic this book is. It's funny, it's poignant, and it demonstrates not only a superb grasp of Israel's politics at the time of the early monarchy, but also how the players used spin in a way that could teach modern politicians a thing or two! I love, love, love the way the second sentence ends...

But Shem and Sheleph my sons admired the disc of copper greatly, and they told me that Cherethites and Pelethites were now placed in many buildings of the city, and that servants of Benaiah ben Jehoiada had been to their school to enquire of teachers and students on such matters as the wisdom of the Wisest of Kings, Solomon, and the price of corn, and the temple that was being built unto the Lord. And Shem and Sheleph asked if it was true that King Solomon was sick with fear so that he shook, and two servants, one on his right and one on his left, were needed to hold him; and if the damsel Abishag of Shunam, who had ministered to King David, was now lying with Prince Adonijah; and if Zadok the priest did not cause the best of the sacrificial meats to be sold on the market; and if Jehoshaphat ben Ahilud, the recorder, did not receive a share of the profits being earned by the use of forced labour in the construction of the temple; and if the Royal Commission on the Preparation of the Report on the Amazing Rise and so forth, for which I worked, was not a cabal of falsifiers and prevaricators; and if, in brief, the whole kingdom of Israel was not going to the dogs.

Told you it was a long sentence, but I've been an editor, and I wouldn't change a . or a , or a ; - would you? Where is this set. Oh so easy... send a comment and your thoughts.

3 comments:

Jen Black said...

Jerusalem? Again your choice of reading is not mine so i can only give wild guesses!

lordteaspoon said...

Bang on the money Jen. Harder ones coming soon.

Mike said...

harder ones? im afraid my reading is a usually selective to Roman , Anglo Saxon or sometimes viking era tales, but i could have guessed Jerusalem too.. maybe you are gonna broaden my horizons.