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The Red Tent Audiobook

The Red Tent

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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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    Tamara 03-03-15
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    "Great Story"

    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,

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    W J fannin 02-28-15
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    "An absolute winner"

    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

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    Lori A. Bisser GA 02-20-15
    Lori A. Bisser GA 02-20-15 Member Since 2016

    research assistant in the field of child development- o.k.- a MOM

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    "Lovely"

    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.

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    Laura M. 02-19-15
    Laura M. 02-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Clearly not a fan of old testament men"

    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.

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    Joy 02-19-15
    Joy 02-19-15
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    "Interesting Premise"

    This came to me highly recommended. It is pretty well written. I just didn't enjoy the liberties taken with the actual story of Joseph. Many of the males were flat characters.

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    Levi, the Prince 02-01-15
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    "Not the biblical story...... But worthwhil reading"

    A moving tribute; to women who struggle in life.
    An acknowledgement of the value of womanhood.

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    Chad 01-23-15
    Chad 01-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Read it again and so glad I did!!
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    I read this when it first came out around age 25..... now at 41, it was even better and more meaningful and I loved it the first time!!

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    Mrs. Shelley D. Mendias NJ 01-22-15

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    "Loved this book"

    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

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    Angie Mattson Stegall 01-17-15
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    "Slow to start, grabbed in the middle"

    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!

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    C. A. Hartman 01-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Weak performance"

    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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