Told through Dinah's eloquent voice, this sweeping novel reveals the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood. Dinah's tale 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 hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land.
Dinah speaks of the world of the red tent, the place where women were sequestered during their cycles of birthing, menses, and illness; of her initiation into the religious and sexual practices of her tribe; of Jacob's courtship with his four wives; of the mystery and wonder of caravans, farmers, shepherds, and slaves; of love and death in the city of Shechem; and of her half-brother Joseph's rise in Egypt.
Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.
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©1997 by Anita Diamant; (P)2000 by Audio Renaissance, An Imprint of Renaissance Media, Inc.
"The oldest story of all could never seem more original, or more true." (James Carroll, author of An American Requiem)
"Carol Bilger narrates with a warmth and melodiousness that echo the rhythm of the musical interludes that separate chapters." (AudioFile)
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.
When lifetime presented the adaption of the book on tv, my sister wondered why I didn't read it when every one else did. I couldn't answer. I am glad that I waited and heard it and not read It. I vividly visioned the story even more hearing it than reading
A friend recommended this book. It was ponderous in the beginning; so many people and names to keep straight. Once I started listening and could keep the characters straight, I was hooked!
The reader also did a great job!
I read this book years ago and loved it. With the release of the mini series, I wanted to re-read it, so I listened this time. The reader's voice is pleasant enough, but I've been spoiled by more recent readings of books by fabulous voice actors. This reader killed the experience for me by reminding me of a middle school teacher.
It's a good read, though, and a good listen if you don't like the new trend of voice acting.
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