I had mixed feelings about how the author used "midrash" to tell the story. However she made the story come alive. In the end, whether or not the details are accurate or not became unimportant in light of the greater understanding I gained about the story of Jacob in the Bible.
I am an avid reader and am very critical of my audio listens. Do not be scared away by its bible based story, as its history has ties to many religions and culture and is never preachy. The Red Tent I would recommend to women to revel in the richness on the history of womanhood and family heritage. I would recommend to men as well, to share the secrets of respect and culture with their mothers sisters and daughters. The narration was beautiful and the writing poetic. Going in I understood this book was loosely bible based but popped up as historical fiction so I went for it. I was having difficulties keeping track of all the names to begin with but the story became addictive and hypnotic and I just went with the flow. The author does take some poetic license, but you can expect all the drama, intrigue, suspense as in the bible stories, interwoven in an epic story of family heritage and long lasting love and respect.
I loved this book because it transported me back in time and made biblical stories come alive! I wish more books were written about the untold stories of the bible. This was more personal than religious. The life of Jacob's daughter Dinah lives on.
Treat it as the historical story it is and not change major facts to suit their obvious personal beliefs
Good at painting word pictures.
The family in the novel did NOT worship pagan gods. They were followers of Jehovah. It takes huge false liberties in claiming the women all worshipped these other false gods. Had the story followed the Biblical accounts concerning these people it would have been a wonderful story. Why would they tell a Biblical story and NOT use the Bible as their reference?
Yes. Whether you're interested in Biblical history (or, to be more accurate, an imagined history of the women's stories that are NOT in the Bible) or just want a good story about a period of time so unlike ours, this audiobook will keep you interested. The narration is superb.
This book has an amazing story and I wish the author would follow up with more in a series that goes on to follow the family of Jacob I could listen forever both to the story this author and the narrator. I couldn't stop listening from the start.