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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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    Lidia 05-25-15
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    "Incredible!!"

    This book has made me reassess my life as a daughter, mother and friend - in the role I play. It has sparked a longing for celebrations, ceremonies & traditions that I will instill in my family. Love this book! So powerful!

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    Zee Bolden 05-17-15
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    "This book is for adults only! But a great book."

    This book is very enjoyable but the sexual details are a bit too much for me as a pastor. Great

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    Dani Smith 05-14-15
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    "Makes an atheist want to read the bible"

    This is a great story, and it's well narrated. I've never been interested in the bible, and this certainly doesn't make me feel religious, simply that is like to see what other interesting stories are in it. I'm curious to see how this measures up to the biblical telling of Dina's story. This is a very captivating version. My only complaint is that the narrators voice is a little too flawless and sweet for such a rough story about the trials and hardships of all women at that time, and the greater degree of challenges that this woman faced.

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    Rebecca 04-27-15
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    This story didn't grab my attention as well as others books I've listened to, but I liked that I didn't need to rewind it if I missed a part. The story kept going and made sense. By the end I wanted to stick with it. The narrator was just okay IMO.

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    "Amazing story"

    Amazing story. Good narration. The story is fictional but based on a biblical story. The author has taken lots of liberties but the story that is told is well done.

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    WestTexasGal 04-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story"

    Diamanté took the bare bones story of Dinah from Genesis 34 and created a full saga of life in biblical times. Readers should remember this is a fictional re telling and only loosely based on the biblical story. The characters are engaging. The four wives all have different personalities as do the twelve sons.

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    Mary Rachel Tighe Pound, VA 03-21-15
    Mary Rachel Tighe Pound, VA 03-21-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Beautiful and empowering"

    A compassionate performance of this story. An inspired and sensitive interpretation of one of the forgotten women of the Bible.

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    James Dismukes Houston, TX 03-12-15
    James Dismukes Houston, TX 03-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Can listen time and time again"

    Hearing the story is truly how this book should be "read". I have read the book dozens of times. I have listened four times now and I am sure there will be dozens more in the coming years. The red tent is alive and well iacross the world the story lives on.

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    E Azevedo WALNUT CREEK, CA, United States 03-11-15
    E Azevedo WALNUT CREEK, CA, United States 03-11-15 Member Since 2006

    I love to read, the books need to be fairly complicated or interesting in their own way. I belong to a book club that selects great books.

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    "A pleasure to read"

    This book was easy to read, the story flowed from family to family, easy to follow as generations went after generations. The main character was a pleasure to read. It followed her journey through life.

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    Gaile 03-10-15
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    This is one of the best books I have listened to, narration was superb, I am listening for the second time!!!

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