Friday, August 3, 2012



The Original Love Story

Local author re-tells Samson and Delilah

Submitted by Maude Stephany, Chwk


aude Stephany loves a good story. About the only thing she likes even more is that same good story, retold in a novel way. "Re-tellings," she said, "are interesting because they give the author a chance to explore an alternate way of telling a well-known tale. They make the reader re-think something that they may have taken for granted or assumed. It stretches the reader's imagination and their world.

Re-tellings are popular and the media machine uses re-tellings to sell books and movies. Just look at the summer line-up of movies: a re-release of The Avengers, Batman The Dark Knight Rises, and Total Recall. These are re-interpretations of popular stories being told again through someone else's vision.

"I'm so excited that Rhetorical Ratatouille accepted my book, "Delilah", for publication and that it's now available for people to enjoy," Maude said. "This has allowed me to retell the story of Samson and Delilah entirely from Delilah's point of view. The traditional tale of Samson and Delilah paints Delilah as a base woman who takes a man out of relationship with his creator. What I have tried to do with this story is not only make Delilah more sympathetic as a character, but also show how someone who isn't in our faith path can also bring us closer to our creator."

When asked if this was a spiritual story, Maude replied, "There are spiritual elements in the story, but this is also a love story and a story of finding peace amidst conflict."

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