Hearing the story is truly how this book should be "read". I have read the book dozens of times. I have listened four times now and I am sure there will be dozens more in the coming years. The red tent is alive and well iacross the world the story lives on.
I love to read, the books need to be fairly complicated or interesting in their own way. I belong to a book club that selects great books.
This book was easy to read, the story flowed from family to family, easy to follow as generations went after generations. The main character was a pleasure to read. It followed her journey through life.
A wonderful narrative about the tribe of Jacob told from his only daughter, Dinah's perspective. So insightful into the culture of that region during that time. I really did not have a favorite part. It was a story of joy and sorrow I enjoyed in its entirety. The narrator was very good with a pleasant voice,
From the moment I heard the mother calling far Deena until I heard Dena at the very and say to her brother Joseph let's go homeI was booked I have listen to this story and it's entiretyt three times since I bought it
research assistant in the field of child development- o.k.- a MOM
The red tent offers a woman's perspective into the lives of Old Testament peoples. An eye opening possible explanation for events that can leave you scratching your head when read in the great book. But here, a realistic story that fills in many blanks in the narrative and includes a kinship of women, who feel, and laugh and love deeply. Extravagant to behold, this narrative joins the reader in their circle, their red tent of life and love and death.
MS Diamant certainly did an excellent job turning heroic characters from the Old Testament bible into evil, self-serving, blubbering losers.
Jacob is a murderer, and Joseph a power hungry man who rose to royalty simply by interpreting dreams that any 2 year old could decipher.
It's true women were treated like slaves, prostitutes and breeders. It's enough to piss-off any contemporary women. But I'm not sure it's reason enough to twist accurately historic men with inaccurate characteristics.
However, the story she wove was fascinating and I became anxious to learn more about every single one of the female characters. The importance and intelligence of ancient midwifery, along with daily tasks, conversations and treatment by men all had me riveted.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and would recommend it to anyone...except a Rabbi. I gave only 3 stars for overall because I do think she took her literary license too far in belittling the infamous Old Testament men who I was taught in my youth to honor and respect. I can imagine when this book was released in 1997, it must have insulted some people of Jewish heritage. But the women still must have enjoyed it. It's a liberating read.
A moving tribute; to women who struggle in life.
An acknowledgement of the value of womanhood.