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The Red Tent | [Anita Diamant]

The Red Tent

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.

If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

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Publisher's Summary

Her name is Dinah. In the Bible her life is only hinted at during a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons in the Book of Genesis.

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.

Don't miss Anita Diamant at the 92nd Street Y.

©1997 by Anita Diamant; (P)2000 by Audio Renaissance, An Imprint of Renaissance Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Winner, Adult Fiction, 2001

"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)

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    Lanlady Woodbridge, VA USA 11-17-08
    Lanlady Woodbridge, VA USA 11-17-08 Member Since 2006
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    "disappointing"

    The Red Tent was incredibly shallow, especially the first couple of chapters, which are taken up with a tedious succession of marriages and childbirths and earth mother-type dronings. The characters never develop any depth apart from their relation to the business of procreation. The plot is no more complex than than what you might expect from a junior high school writing project. There is little by way of interesting historical detail from the period (approx. 3000 B.C), no suspense, nothing really to capture the imagination. I gave the book 2 stars because I thought the ending--the last 15 minutes or so of the audiobook--was actually well done and moving.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    E Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 08-28-07
    E Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 08-28-07 Member Since 2007
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    "So loong"

    I thought I could do it. But I guess one hour walks just don't cut it.
    The story was sooooo long. I kept getting lost trying to find my place - oh for chapters!
    Really the writing was good and the narration quite descriptive. But not for the casual walker/reader.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 09-04-03
    Karen 09-04-03
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    "Couldn't get past all those lines of placentias..."

    Sorry, I was bored stiff just trying to get past all those birthings in the first part of the book that I just quit reading. Maybe there is something more later on but I just don't care to hear all the stuff of who gave birth to this and who gave birth to that...and about all the sex stuff....keep it to yourself it doesn't make good reading or listening. I for one would like to hear drama that isn't about body parts or body noises. Give me the human behaviors and the interactions that go on between people that are love, hate, jealousy, illusions, mistakes etc and make a good story about those types of incidents. Listening to hours of who gave birth to what and how their labor was just didn't appeal to me.
    Maybe I'll go back someday and listen again but I'm looking for something else to read.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley 07-03-13
    Shelley 07-03-13
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    "Feministic to the point of male bashing!"
    What disappointed you about The Red Tent?

    I loved the idea of this story from a female perspective,but was terribly disappointed with how the author misrepresents Biblical accounts of Old Testament figures. Too much veering off-course to be enjoyed.


    What was most disappointing about Anita Diamant’s story?

    Veered off course from known Biblical accounts. Trying to re-write Old Testament accounts is a bad idea.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration was well done.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration and disapointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish the author had stayed true to known scriptural writings...as it was written, I found myself on the edge of frustration most of the time. I finished it hoping there would be some redeeming value. Nope! Have to say I have told all my literature-loving friends to stay clear of this one.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Birmingham, AL, USA 01-09-04
    Susan Birmingham, AL, USA 01-09-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent!"

    This is one of my favorite books. I enjoyed it for the information and story it provided. The narrator did an excellent job and the author wove a truly interesting and fantastic story. Wish she would write more in similar style.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 06-09-08
    Heather 06-09-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Read with Caution"

    I bought this book because I believed that it was a historical fiction book. In a way it is, and in a way it does incorporate some Biblical characters etc. It does talk about the place that women have in that time period and the struggles and the traditions that they would create. However, there is some very strong sexual language and content which I would not normally associate with a Christian book. The message is extreemly feminist and mythelogical more than Biblical values and principles. It places more emphasis on dead relatives having power to change our lives than on the power that God has. Recently in a Sunday School class this was brought up as a Christian Historical Fiction example, however, the presenter herself had not read it. I warned the class that think carefully prior to reading it.

    11 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Dumais Calgary, AB Canada 10-15-14
    Cheryl Dumais Calgary, AB Canada 10-15-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Anita Diamant and/or Carol Bilger?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anita Diamant again?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I am very disappointed in this story as it is theologically incorrect in so many places. The story has changed the scriptural account, I am assuming to make it more believable I guess. They changed the fact that Jacob really had no interest in Leah to make it sound like he was attracted to her and was okay with her instead of Rachel. They changed the length of time that he served Laban etc, etc. If you are a Christian wanting a Christian novel, pass this one by.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan North San Jose, CA, US 04-30-14
    Nathan North San Jose, CA, US 04-30-14 Member Since 2014

    @natesrandomisms Believer (27yrs), Husband (15yrs), Dad (3yrs), Son (35yrs), Broken neck survivor.

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    "Could have a been a great book, but too much sex!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book if the book didn't have the sexual content. Though this is a fictional work and I do not agree with all of the authors view points from a historical stand point. I do think that looking through life through the lens of the main character is well worth the time.


    Which character – as performed by Carol Bilger – was your favorite?

    The main character, as you felt the passion and many emotions that the main character experiences.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, but only if the sexual content was cut.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brittany 12-30-13
    brittany 12-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "As a Christian, I do not recommend this book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. First of all the story was too slow, I could not continue reading past the first part of the book. Also, before reading I understood that this was fiction but I assumed that the original story taken from Genesis was going to be used but then just embellished to better understand what it could have been like at that time. Instead the author does not take the account in the bible to be true and changes the story. Rarely did they refer to God and many times spoke about other Gods and Goddesses. This seems like a book for women who are not following the Bible as the Word from God. I am in no way opposed to reading books that aren't christian based, but I was offended that the Word of God was used and then twisted. On the other had, if I were not a Christian I may enjoy it just for the sake of understanding that time period better. Although again, this was a very slow story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Carol Bilger?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie 10-16-13
    Maggie 10-16-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Mundane Fiction very loosely based on OT Stories"
    What would have made The Red Tent better?

    Perhaps if it held closer to biblical accounts. This story has primarily a pagan perspective for all the female characters.


    What was most disappointing about Anita Diamant’s story?

    Wow, sometimes the mundane details and describing every unimportant detail becomes tedious. It seamed the author had the main character saying everyone's names and how they are related to her every few pages. The prose was written as a formal English translation of biblical times only spoken through a young female character. Just felt off.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carol Bilger?

    No idea... The narrator has a lovely voice however it was like listening to gentle version of William Shatner.


    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't finish it (gave up almost half way through) - too many mundane details which regularly got in the way of the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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