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)
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.
Lupus, Lupy belly dance teacher and photographer gal...in love with Midieavel novels...
Sometimes hard to follow through the river of names, but once you remember them you become part of her life as you read.
If you are a woman please read this. It's a wonderful story about strength, connection, and survival. She will make you forge better relationships. You'll laugh and cry.
I don't get it. I have no criticism of it on Biblical grounds, I just didn't engage with any of the characters and found the storytelling style very dull.
I would not ordinarily bother to write a critical review, but the audio performance was the last straw. Words are regularly mispronounced. I'm not talking about the Biblical names, I think you can grant some license there. I'm talking about English words that she doesn't know how to pronounce, and didn't bother to look up, and no one helped her. Like "unguent." It also becomes clear that she sometimes doesn't understand what she's reading. She'll modulate her voice so it sounds like she's adding emphasis and nuance, but it becomes laughable when this artifice highlights the fact that she doesn't understanding what she just read. Rather than correct these misreadings and taking another shot at the sentence, they're all just left in. I'm half way through the book, and I'm giving up.
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.
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