The back stories of all the women.
The heart-wrenching emotion and the climax.
All the women were strong. No favorites.
I cried more often than I might have liked since I was painting the spare room! ;-)
A beautiful book. Well worth the time and the slow start. One of my all-time favorites.
Whiny, depressing, every sentence full of negative words. I very rarely drop a book midway through, but I've had enough!
It???s a page-turner, so I liked it! Yes, it was over written (full of hyperboles?) and long. BUT it was a page-turner, so ??? I liked it. Also, it shed light on an interesting and tragic historical event, the siege at Masada, and I love historical fiction when it can bring an event alive for me. It was a very powerful evocation of the whole Masada story for the Jews.
The book deals a LOT with the feminine aspect of God or the Goddess and magic. The women characters are strong! It reminded me of The Mists of Avalon as I was reading. Now I looked at a book review online and the reviewer called it ???the Mists of Avalon for Jews???! So I???m not alone in my comparison. Shira, the Witch of Moab, is like Morgaine, and Eleazar ben Ya'ir would be Uther Pendragon. Perhaps if you liked Mists of Avalon like I did, you???ll like this book. It???s been a long time since I read Mists??? BUT I think I like MZBradley???s writing better than this, too. BUT this is still a page turner ???
It was interesting to me how this feminine aspect of God and the practices it inspired were outlawed by the Jews. The women who practiced it were persecuted, like one of the main characters, Shira. (Keshaphim: Forbidden magic and witchcraft said to be practiced by women, believed to be pervasivise during the Second Temple period due to found artfacts including amulets, incantation bowls, and written spells??? To me it showed that the chain of persecution continues??? the hunter becomes the hunted, etc. Will there ever really be true religious tolerance?
There were a lot of references to silence in the book. There were the 2 boys who were mute. Yael was always described as being pretty quiet and loving silence. And here???s a good quote: ???Although words were God???s first creation, silence was closer to his divine spirit. And that prayers given in silence were infinitely greater than the thousands of words men might offer up to heaven.??? It???s interesting trying to figure out what that all means. I don???t think I???ve got it yet??? any ideas?
I am really not in to romance.. I like historic writing the are fiction but follow closely to historic time lines.
This was a very interesting story and read well. I found it easy to lose oneself and forget the rest of the world existed.
There are several self less moument by each of the leading ladies in the book.
yes and almost did. LOL
I hope to find more books written in this fashion it was never boring and kept me on the edge of my seat.( so to speak. )
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Alice Hoffman is a phenomenal storyteller and The Dovekeepers does not disappoint. This may be her best work. It is impeccably researched and the prose is brutal, honest and poetic. Three separate narrators bring the story and its characters to life for the listener. Wonderful experience.
I know a lot of people loved this book but although I am interested in Jewish history and I love Tovah Feldshuh I found the narration to be too monotonous. Maybe it just wasn't the right book for this time in my life but I was not able to read the whole book. I left it after the first three hours.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I found the Dovekeepers a very depressing tale. It came highly recommended to me but I found it difficult to get through it and kept listing to other things in between chapters. That's not usually a good sign.
I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.
I loved this book. I was intensely interested in the characters, and I found the concept of telling the same story from 4 different women's prospective absolutely brilliant. I highly recommend this book.
Gosh, this book was great! I couldn't wait to get in the car to listen to this book. I hated for it to end. I am so impressed with Alice Hoffman's work, research and story. I've recommended this to everyone I know.