This tale re-writes the bible story of Joseph, from the imagined perspective of the women involved. A fascinating read, rich as a fictional story and richer still as a subversive critique of the bible. The story dramatized how attuned the bible was to the male perspective - and how amazingly unattuned it was to the female perspective. As a man, I personally didn't feel insulted like the other reviewer (Andrew) felt by the portrayals of men, but maybe I'm just liberal. I also appreciated seeing how monotheism co-existed with polytheism for so long (long after Abraham smashed idols in his dad's shop), and how women and men may have viewed the introduction of monotheism very differently.
All in all, a fun, moving, thought-provoking, and beautifully-written story. Highly recommended.
Classic ThisAmericanLife storytelling! I loved this one. When I was young I read the Hardy Boys mysteries (and the Scooby Doo episodes that mimic the genre), and this story is like the very best of them; had me on the edge of my seat right up until the end. The best part, though, is how they make this a mystery story for grown-ups. The story has subtlety and complexity, and the real power of the tale is in the emotional drama and how the story studies people and relationships. Highly recommended!
I absolutely LOVE Ira Glass & This American Life, but this one didn't quite come together. The 3 different stories that comprise this edition were each modestly interesting, but not on the level that most T.A.L. stories are for me, and the theme never quite bound them together convincingly. The segment about early interviews with holocaust survivors - talking about their experiences before anyone could use the name "holocaust" - was pretty interesting in its own right, especially if you have any interest in the topic. But if you're looking to sample some of Ira's best, there are plenty of better editions to check out.
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