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)
I really loved the story and the unique historical perspective.
In the Shadow of the Ark by Anne Provoost because of the idea of taking a biblical story, and researching the actual historical perspective of that story by telling a fictional tale based on it.
The music in the background was TERRIBLE. It very often did not fit the mood of the scene it was placed behind, and was often loud and distracting.
Dinah the Midwife
My own personal taste in narrators found Ms. Bilger to be like a commercial for elocution. Just slightly annoying. The story was entertaining but did not live up to what I expected from all the glowing reviews.
Old lady listener
Don't know. Never read the print edition.
Yes, but didn't
Would like to find more like this
The narrator was awful. She did not have good infliction for her voices and did not bring any type of life to the story.
I was so bored I couldn't find anything good about it. Even though I listened intently and tried to find something.
It was a great story, pulling parts from the Old Testament without being a "religious" book.
The part when she met her husband and they fell in love
This story takes you back into biblical times, based on the story of Joseph, but with focus on the role of women in that era. It was fascinating to read of the day to day tasks of women in those times. I felt the emotions of the women, their laughter, their heartbreak, their anger, their love. A beautiful story, very well read by the narrator as well.
I heard very good reviews about this book. Unfortunatelly, my purchased file is brocken. It plays for 2 seconds and stops. I redownloaded this file few times and repurchased it, but it did not help. I am using iphone4 and audible app. I even tried to reload aduble application. No luck.
Any suggestions? It's my first time using audible and I am really dissapointed.
Always looking for something new to to explore in life. Over 50, artistic, quilting is a passion. A long drive and a good book are the best
No, I almost never listen to the same book twice.
at the fathers passing when the mother/daughter bond came full circle.
If you like history from a woman's point of view this is a GREAT book telling raw tales that only women share with each other.
There are a LOT of characters in this book and it does get confusing keeping track of everyone.
This was a lovely story about female culture in the BC era. I really enjoyed the beauty of the red tent and it's significance. I also appreciated the authors research into the Old Testament and anthropological studies.
I appreciated Dina the most - as she was the main character and I felt connected to her on her journey.
no - I haven't listened to her before. She was wonderfully vibrant in her story telling.
nope - I listen on my long drives commuting to and from work.
I felt that it was a wonderful book, but different from what others had prepped me for. Be aware that there are some dark and sad moments in this story as well as several allusions to and descriptions of sex.
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