Thursday, September 14, 2006

#14 - The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

This book is the fictionalized story of Dinah (pronounced Dee-nah), daughter of Biblical Jacob and the sister of Joseph. The book recounts the story of Dinah from Genesis Chapter 34. In the Bible, the story is told from the perspective of Dinah's brothers. The Red Tent gives Dinah a voice, and tells the story from her perspective and also fleshes out the stories of Jacob's wives and Dinah's life.

At first, I had a hard time getting into the story. The first part of the book seemed mainly about Jacob having sex. Almost to the point of being funny. As in the Bible, Jacob marries 2 sisters and takes 2 others as concubines.....and the discussions of who Jacob was sleeping with and when got a little bit old. But, once the story got past that, and Dinah was telling her life story, the book became very interesting.

This is a fictional account, but it really made me think about what women in that time-period went through on a daily basis. The hardship of life, the dangers of bearing children, and culture that they lived in.

The book has received both praise and censure. Some reviewers touted it as a masterful book giving a voice to the silent female characters in the book of Genesis. But several Orthodox Jewish historians commented that the book gives a false, negative view of the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Anita Diamant has written several other books including:

The Last Days of Dogtown

Pitching My Tent

Good Harbor

The New Jewish Wedding

The New Jewish Baby Book

Living a Jewish Life

Choosing a Jewish Life

Saying Kaddish

Jewish Parent

Bible Baby Names


Blogger Mercy's Mama said...

I have heard good reviews on this book from friends- I think you have inspired me to take a trip to the library!

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished listening to the Last Days in Dog Town and really enjoyed it. So I recommend that and very much enjoyed The Red Tent.

5:29 PM  

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