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 are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons.
Told in Dinah's voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood-the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of her mothers-Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah-the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that are to sustain her through a damaged youth, 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, immediate connection.
Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of Biblical women's society.
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With stirring scenery and a narrative of force and color, a readable tale marked by hortatory fulminations and voluptuous lamentations. For a liberal Bible audience with a possible spillover to the Bradley relationship.Read Full Review of The Red Tent: A Novel | See more reviews from Kirkus
Overall, an interesting read, especially if you have any sort of religious background, but not most the skillfully written novel. Diamant clearly has a knack for the imaginative, but her ability to craft a sentence that leaves you in love with words isn't quite up to par.Read Full Review of The Red Tent: A Novel
While I did, on the whole, enjoy The Red Tent, I could have enjoyed it more and I was disappointed with the second part of the story.Read Full Review of The Red Tent: A Novel
What I particularly enjoyed about this book was its depiction of the red tent...I'll leave the more graphic details up to Diamant when you read the novel; but it's worth noting that this is a work of literature, so therefore not all the historical points are accurate.Read Full Review of The Red Tent: A Novel
The most important point of the book, in my opinion, is that Dinah is not a victim. She is strong, raised by four very different women. She does not live in the shadow of her brothers, and she is independent in nature. I highly enjoyed this book, and I hope you will give it a try.Read Full Review of The Red Tent: A Novel
The novel is actually two books...The first, the story of Rachel and Leah, is the shorter of the two...and the less successful...But that changes with the story of Dinah. Here is where the true novel begins. Here is where the author successfully leaves behind her nonfictional roots and creates a true novel.Read Full Review of The Red Tent: A Novel
While I didn’t love it, and to be honest lost some interest by the third section of the book, I did enjoy it quite a bit, and I’m glad to have read it. Seeing an old story retold from the perspective of those who were originally in the margins is something I’m always interested in.Read Full Review of The Red Tent: A Novel
By the time I finished the last chapter of the book, I felt satisfied. There is so much more I could say about this book. It is full of nuances I have not even begun to touch here. Even with those moments when I doubted the book would live up to my expectations, I can truly say this is a book well worth reading.Read Full Review of The Red Tent: A Novel
While I was reading I could only marvel at this work of creative genius, because it takes courage to add missing pieces to the most read text in the world since the invention of the printing press.Read Full Review of The Red Tent: A Novel
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