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  • 256 pages
  • The Bronze Bow
  • Elizabeth George Speare
  • English
  • 14 December 2017

The Bronze Bow[PDF / Epub] ★ The Bronze Bow ✪ Elizabeth George Speare – Essayreview.co.uk He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze –from the Song of David Samuel :
The Bronze Bow, written by Elizabeth George Speare author of The Witch of Blackbird Pond w He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze –from the Song of DavidSamuel : The Bronze Bow, written by Elizabeth George Speare author of The Witch of Blackbird Pond won the Newbery Medal inThis gripping, actionpacked novel tells the story of eighteenyearold Daniel bar Jamin—a fierce, hotheaded young The Bronze MOBI :Á man bent on revenging his father’s death by forcing the Romans from his land of Israel Daniel’s palpable hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the gentle lessons of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth A fastpaced, suspenseful, vividly wrought tale of friendship, loyalty, the idea of home, communityand ultimately, as Jesus says to Daniel on page : “Can’t you see, Daniel, it is hate that is the enemy? Not men Hate does not die with killing It only springs up a hundredfold The only thing stronger than hate is love” A powerful, relevant read in turbulent times.


About the Author: Elizabeth George Speare

I was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, on November , I have lived all my life in New England, and though I love to travel I can't imagine ever calling any other place on earth home Since I can't remember a time when I didn't intend to write, it is hard to explain why I took The Bronze MOBI :Á so long getting around to it in earnest But the years seemed to go by very quickly In I married Alden Speare a.


10 thoughts on “The Bronze Bow

  1. says:

    Elizabeth George Speare mostly stuck to colonial New England in her novels - Calico Captive, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Sign of the Beaver - but in The Bronze Bow, she pulls the reader all the way back first-century Judaea, a place not that different from pre-Revolutionary Boston. Both places were a battleground between imperial soldiers who would rather been anywhere else, and local angry, disenfranchised young men endlessly seeking a punching bag.

    Our eighteen-year-old protagonist, Daniel the Zealot, has spent the last four years on a mountaintop with his fellow outlaws. He imagines that he and his friends will be anointed by God and miraculously drive the Romans out any day now. In this gang, every man looks out for number one, but fate will soon throw people into Daniel's awareness and force him to care. They are:

    - Joel, a childhood acquaintance who shares Daniel's thirst for freedom but not his bloodlust

    - Malthace, called Thacia by her friends, Joel's beautiful and kind twin sister

    - Samson, a deaf-mute foreigner rescued from a slave caravan who appoints himself Daniel's bodyguard after the later does a good deed for him

    - Leah, Daniel's traumatized younger sister who hasn't left the family hovel in nine years

    - Marcus, a young Gallic Roman soldier who seems to enjoy lording it over Daniel, and

    -Jesus, an itinerant preacher of unclear political allegiance, Who says the strangest things and forces Daniel to examine himself.

    A pebble rolls down the mountainside, and then another, and another...in three hundred years the avalanche will bury Rome itself.

    Content Advisory
    Violence: Slaughter is a fact of life in this setting. Rosh and his followers think nothing of killing the merchants who pass through their territory. Later, a skirmish results in the deaths of two freedom fighters and a handful of Romans. Daniel mugs a murderous old man but decided not to kill him.

    (view spoiler)[Years before the story begins, Daniel's uncle angered the local Romans, setting off a chain reaction that ended with six men, including the uncle and Daniel and Leah's father, being crucified. The children's mother kept vigil with her dead husband, sickened, and died in a few weeks. Leah, who at the time was five years old, saw her daddy hanging on a cross, and has since hidden in the house. The villagers think she's possessed, although she acts nothing like a demoniac. Today she might be diagnosed with PTSD. (hide spoiler)]

  2. says:

    WOW. WOW. WOW. And WOW again.

    I have almost unrealistically high expectations whenever I read an Elizabeth George Speare book, but each one has met and exceeded those expectations.

    The magnitude of The Bronze Bow is staggering. I can only compare the sheer importance of the story to Esther Forbes's Johnny Tremain, but this one perhaps surpasses even that classic.

    Electricity pulses within the story, a raw hum of power. I was riveted the entire time I read, the pitch-perfect narrative drawing me breathlessly toward the heartrending conclusion.

    Few books in any genre can compare with The Bronze Bow, arguably the greatest work of historical fiction ever written for young readers.

  3. says:

    What a beautiful book! I am so thrilled that it won a Newbery medal. Daniel (the main character) is aloof, sullen, and passionate - almost enough to become frustrating to the reader... except that he has a tenderness and a deep sense of responsibility that he gives reign to just often enough that you can't help but admire and cheer for him. His character progression is gradual, sincere, and believable.

    Also, I was fascinated to read a story with such a unique perspective on the life of Jesus Christ. It is told through the eyes of a young Jew who is desperately waiting for the Messiah; who is ready to fight and die for one who will lead the Jews against Rome, their conqueror. When Jesus arrives - a supposed Messiah, but who seems to have no intention of fighting for the freedom of Israel - Daniel is faced with a vital choice in his loyalty. All this is done without becoming preachy or patronizing.

    It is so well-written! Eloquent writing sketches the powerful story, with just enough adventure and even romance mixed in that it has something for everyone. I highly recommend it to readers of all ages.

  4. says:

    I recently reread this book for the first time in five years. And I was constantly in awe while reading it--in awe of the powerful and masterful writing, character development, characterization, setting, deep themes, and so much more. The protagonist, in particular, is one of the most vivid and lifelike I've ever read, with a huge and powerful redemption arc. The author makes each character and their world come alive. I could say a lot more about the story, especially about the protagonist, his character development, and his family and friend relationships.

    This book also made me cry the last two times I read it--and there are few books that do that. A book must take me by surprise and move me greatly in order to cause actual tears and sobs. And this one does. When I read it five years ago, I remember crying because I was distraught over a character death. And this time, I cried for the plight of the people whom Jesus healed and helped, including the protagonist's sister and so many real people in the Bible. Those stories in the Gospels have always touched me and meant a lot to me, because Jesus cared about those people and healed them, and he still does that today.

    This book is not without its flaws. There were several small details that seemed wrong, and several larger shortcomings. I didn't enjoy the later chapters as much each time I read this book, and I don't think they're as well-written or authentic--which is a shame, because most of the book is so incredibly powerful and well-written.

    The biggest flaw, in my eyes, is a shortcoming of most Biblical fiction--some of the words the author placed in the mouth of Jesus were trite and did not ring true. In one scene of this book in particular, something Jesus said about hate vs. love sounded exactly like what Martin Luther King, Jr. said on that topic--and I love those MLK quotes so very much--but they don't belong in dialogue from Jesus himself, and I don't believe the Bible states it that way or simplifies it that much. It's Jesus, not love, that saves us and conquers hate, even if he himself is love. I could go on. Those lines just stuck in my throat and ruined the effect the book had on me.

    But even so, I love this book. It's the only Biblical fiction book I tolerate, much less adore. Most Biblical fiction taints the Bible for me, and I hate the fictionalization of real Biblical people, especially Jesus. But I've heard from friends that many Biblical fiction books do for them what The Bronze Bow does for me, overall--it makes first-century Israel come alive, makes me see the Biblical accounts in a new and wonderful way, makes the people and stories in the Bible more real and vivid to me. It drives me back to the Bible to read the Gospels and Isaiah, the Scriptures that talk about Jesus. It fills me with joy and makes me love him more, during the parts when he seems authentic and accurate (the exception is the quote I mentioned above). It makes me see and feel what it was like for the people who longed for and experienced Jesus' coming, what life was like for Jesus and his followers and others of the time, what it meant to accept Jesus as the Son of God in the face of opposition.

    And for those reasons, I love this book, despite shortcomings in the later chapters.

    I recommend it highly, and I'm so glad I reread it after so long.

  5. says:

    Have been meaning to read this for some time; finally borrowed a copy from a friend and went to it. The book held my interest and got better as it progressed, despite some minor unrealism along the way (a Jewish guy named Amalek? Exodus 17:14, anyone?), and despite the fact that I'm generally uncomfortable with First Century stories putting words in the mouth of Jesus that He never actually said. To Speare's credit, most lines attributed to Christ in the book are fairly consistent with his real teachings, though she unsurprisingly emphasizes his themes of peace and love over sin and God's judgment.

    The character arc of Daniel is convincing if predictable at times, with enough surprises that the story still seems fresh. His interactions with his friends and with the Romans are simplified and fairly cleaned up from real life, but this is a children's/young adult novel and I think Speare strikes a pretty good balance. For me, the very best part is the ending - which I obviously can't talk about. Read the book!

  6. says:

    Wow. It has been a long time since I liked a Biblical fiction this much.
    This author did a fantastic job of really making the emotions come alive. When Daniel was mad, I was mad. When he made a mistake, I was furious at him. I couldn't help it. This is one of those books that made me forget I was reading, it was more like I was a part of the story.
    I loved how the author described Jesus. Insted of trying to describe things about her appearance, He's described as someone you just feel open around. People can tell He knows everything about them. He's approachable, but still holy.
    And wow, that ending. I had to stare out a window for awhile, just thinking. It was incredibly stirring. It gave you all the answer you need about everything in the book without telling you everything that happened afterwards.
    There really wasn't anything I didn't like. It was simply awesome.

  7. says:

    I remember reading this in early middle school and concluding that it was a perfect book: it had adventure, romance, and Jesus... something for everyone! I saw it being discarded a few years ago and knew I needed to read it again to see if it stood the test of time. It really is a great novel for young adult readers, particularly those who have a little historical context for the time when Jesus lived on Capernaum. Daniel is caught between ideas about the future and had to choose between rebellion, which has always seemed like the answer, and the calm, measured patience Jesus displays. I enjoyed it almost as much as an adult as I did when I was a kid.

  8. says:

    Daniel lives in the dangerous mountains surrounding the village of Metzah, right outside of the city of Capernoum. Making his way through life for the past five years with a gang of bandits, committed to the cause of freeing the jews from the Roman empire, Daniel has had to build up some thick scars, his hands just as calloused as his heart. However, things seem to change when he meets a young man and his sister who are from the village that he ran away from over five years ago.

    He ventures back home, and visits his young, troubled, sickly sister and his aging, fragile grandmother who are living in poverty. It's then that he hears of a traveling Rabi, Jesus, and wonders if this could possibly be the man who will finally lead them to war against the Romans. As Daniel tries to provide for his sister, keep his friends safe, and figure out a way to seek revenge on the Romans, Daniel may have to learn that love is a much stronger force than hatred could ever be.

    A book is only as good as its characters, and I must say that I do like all of the characters in this book . . . except for the main one. I spent nearly five hours of my life following Daniel through his adventures and tribulations, and I will never get them back. If I hadn't been reading this book for an assignment, I wouldn't have finished it (which is very unlike me). I seriously wanted to slam the book shut, curse the stupid guy and go on living my life is peace and bliss, where the Daniels of the world are all fiction (at least, in my life).

    The first 3/4 of the book were pretty good, and I actually really enjoyed it. It was the last few chapters that I couldn't get through. Let me explain: In stories, the main character has a character arch. Usually they start really low, and through obstacles and sacrifices and such, they finish at the end, a changed person. The character we started with isn't the same one we end up with. When you're reading the book, just as you can see him changing and evolving into the person you want to see and he's starting to see the things that you've been telling him the whole story, he does something completely opposite of where he's headed, turning back into the character that we started with. It's not until the very last two pages, that we finally see the person we've been waiting for him to be, and it's not even of his own accord. Every good writer knows that the protagonist needs to decide their fate. Whether it's a sad or happy one, the character makes the choice. This is not the case. Someone else had to do all the action for his sorry whiny stubborn butt to be grateful and a happy, changed person.

  9. says:

    Ahoy there me mateys! This read is long overdue. Having loved other books by this author, I always wanted to read this book but never did. Then I read a post by me matey Jackie @ deathbysundoku back in October 2017. She be on the Great Newbery quest wherein she be reading all Newbery medal winners by January 2022 when the 100th Newbery Award happens! Worthy goal indeed. I meself had embarked on this journey many years ago before adverse winds and scads of other adventures sent me off course. So Jackie’s posts have rekindled me interest in finishing them all and so periodically I pick another one up.

    I have to say that this one was not the best book in me view. This be a young adult historical fiction. The story follows eighteen year old Daniel bar Jamin of Israel. Daniel wants revenge on the Romans due to the death of his father. But he is torn between duty to his family and duty to the band of outlaws determined to wrest Israel from Rome’s control.

    While I enjoy the characterization of Daniel and sympathized with him, it was the pacing of the plot that made this less than fun. This story takes place over many years and the action is slow. Most of the story involves Daniel’s inner struggles. I think the problem was that I, the reader, could see the path he should take and then had to hear all the silly reasons why he didn’t. I still thought Daniel was wonderful and was rooting for him.

    It was also weird to read of Jesus as a side character who has conversations with Daniel and then saves the day. I didn’t mind the religion in the book outside of that quirk. I always enjoy readin’ about different perspectives and the book’s time frame with all the changes and upheaval in religion is fascinating. I do think this be the book’s strength.

    I can see why it also won an award Hate not love be the message of the day. While I think that be a worthy sentiment, I just didn’t love the execution of it. I consider it just okay. No regrets about readin’ it though. I now want to reread the sign of the beaver. Arrrr!

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  10. says:

    Cleanliness

    Sexual Content
    Lust - 1 Incident: A young man watches a girl dance.
    Miscellaneous - 7 Incidents: “A giant of a man, naked except for a filthy loincloth.” A young man swims with no clothing. A young man is attracted to a girl. A young man gets the added reward of a girl’s “flashing smile.” Men are clad only in tunics, some are stripped by burglars. A young man blushes at the mention of a girl and her brother hints to him of marrying her. A girl’s hand closes over a boy’s.

    Violence - None

    Profanity
    Religious Profanities - 3 Incidents: G-goodness, Heaven knows, by the prophets

    Conversation Topics - 3 Incidents: Mentions wine throughout the book. It is thought that a girl is possessed by demons (it is that she is more overcome by fear then possession in the literal sense).
    A family pays a man to perform a magic power over a sick girl but it does nothing.

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