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1. I love historical fiction but I don‘t tend to read much that far back.
2. The tagged is the only one I‘ve read set 2000 or more years ago. I enjoyed it.
“If you want to understand any woman you must first ask about her mother and then listen carefully. Stories about food show a strong connection. Wistful silences demonstrate unfinished business. The more a daughter knows about the details of her mother's life - without flinching or whining - the stronger the daughter.”
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Dinah, daughter of Leah by Jacob and sister of Joseph, beloved of Shechem or victim depending on the translation, appears in the Bible as a reason of vengeance for Simeon and Levi and little more. Anita Diamant imagines her story from birth to death and with it the stories motherhood, sisterhood, and the bonds of womanhood in a patriarchal society. Gorgeous prose creates a deeply drawn world that is easy to sink into. Absolutely stunning.
In the first chapter of this book I really thought I was going to toss it out the window, so many names, so much going on but I'm so glad I pushed though. Chapter two really pulled everything together for me and I found myself extremely invested in the story of these mighty mothers of Dinah.
I loved their battles but underlying sisterhood, their joyful rituals and traditions of their monthly cycles, their strength and determination.
🎧 Bible retelling from a female perspective? Sure. I‘m in.
The red tent is where women were sequestered “monthly”, when they gave birth, when sick. Dinah hears stories told by her 4 mothers & becomes a midwife/servant & mother. Told in 3 parts & spans 3 locations, Mesopotamia, Canaan, Egypt.
Good on its own but even more interesting taken as a criticism of the Bible & it‘s unequal treatment of men/women.
Definitely not my genre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
5 🌟 & one grumpy Jenny as she stayed up to 00:15 to finish the book! 😂
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This was good, though I didn't connect with it as much as some people have. I found the writing to be good, albeit a little sterile, and I had a had time getting emotionally invested in the story. The narration of the audiobook felt very 90s- the narrator had a good, kind of generic voice that I don't feel like embodied the character very well. All in all though, I'm glad I finally got to this one!
This was a reread for me. While I enjoyed it, it was not the blow-me-away good that I remembered. It could be that as a younger reader just started to question the Bible, I revelled more in the feminine / sacrilegious interpretation of the “word of God”.
This was so good. I have no idea why I didn't read it before now. This is the story of Dinah, daughter of Leah. It looks at Bible sagas from the women's perspective. It's really just a great book and I definitely recommend it. The #audiobook was excellent.
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I loved rereading this & appreciated the way the women support each other. There are so many moments in the Bible where the woman‘s story is glossed over. This doesn‘t claim to be biblically accurate, but it does give readers a glimpse into that time period.
“Why had no one told me that my body would become a battlefield, a sacrifice, a test? Why did I not know that birth is the pinnacle where women discover the courage to become mothers?”
What an interesting read! As a Bible reader, I found it fascinating how a few small chapters were drawn out (fictionally) in this novel to tell the story of Dinah, only daughter to Jacob and Leah. The red tent brought to life the struggles and irreplaceable bonds of women during this time period. Our book club is tackling it for our next read and I can‘t wait to discuss!
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This book amazed me. I grew up learning bible stories of men from mostly men and the stories of women told through such skewed lenses. I was told so constantly about what my role as a christian woman needed to be from so early... i cant even remember the first time I heard it. This is the story of Dinah reimagined and told from her own perspective. so much love and lust and strong relationships between women. I loved every tale in this book.
1. About 10 years ago when I was pregnant for the first time, one of my best friends who was also pregnant, but with her second, recommended this book. It is an interesting journey of a midwife in biblical times & her complicated relationship with her son. My friend & I have 2 sons ❤️💙
2. Thankful we were not hit so badly by the tropical storm or hurricane, but my heart is with all those in Lake Charles, LA & surrounding areas.
The story of Dinah, Jacob's daughter. The only things that I remember about Jacob are that he was tricked into marrying the older sister and his youngest son was sold into slavery by his other sons. As it's been 30+ years since I've read Genesis, thought I should reread his story. So, The Red Tent made me read another book at the same time. ☺️ I can't praise this book highly enough. Fantastic! Fabulous! Superb!
I ended up really liking this one! I wasn't sure if it would be confusing not having the Bible knowledge background, but most of the negative reviews I saw on Goodreads were from people familiar with the original stories.
It ultimately didn't really feel all that religious to me, and I really liked the kind of insight into what ancient women's lives might have been like.
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The is one of my top five favorite books of all time, and this was probably the 7th or 8th time rereading it. Diamant has taken a barely mentioned biblical figure, Dinah daughter of Jacob, and brought her vividly to life on the page. Not only that, but she's illuminated the world of women in a complex and realistic way. I'm already looking forward to the next rereading.
This is a slow read for me... enjoyable but not letting me I‘ll at nights wanting to finish. The only thing keeping us up at nights is our puppy who has hit the terrible twos I do believe!!❤️
I loved this book!!!! It was beautifully written.
I am ashamed to say I had this book on my shelf for a couple years and wasn't super in a hurry to read it, since bible stories aren't my grab, but THIS BOOK. What a wonderful story of the camaraderie and strength of women, of girls who become mothers and midwives and aunts and champions for each other. I loved this perspective of Dinah's story and am so glad I finally read it.
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Only three pages in and I found the title. One of my favorite things! Also, I can already tell I'm going to love this book.