March 14, 2010

Review: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Red Tent: A Novel

Product Description: 
Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that tell of her father, Jacob, and his twelve sons.

Told in Dinah's voice, Anita Diamant imagines the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood--the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of the mothers--Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah--the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through childhood, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah's story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate connection with the past.

Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of biblical women's lives.

My Review: 
This one was another book club selection that I would have never had read on my own but I am so glad I read it. Dinah's story, based on the biblical story about Jacob and his family, was extremely touching. I can't imagine having to live the life she did. She experienced plenty of joy and love from her family in the early years then her life was torn apart and she lost her first love. Yes it's fiction but I felt for her and cringed at some of her experiences. This was one amazing book that I truly enjoyed reading. I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves historical fiction.

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