The Red Tent

Posted: July 7, 2013 in New Adult, Reviews
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the red tent

Author: Anita Diamant

Paperback, 321 pages

Published in 1997 by Wyatt Books for St. Martin’s Press

Reader Category: Older

From the Publisher:  Her name is Dinah.  In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons in the Book of Genesis.

Told in Dinah’s voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood – the world of the red tent.  It 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’s story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate, immediate connection.

My Review:  This book is categorized as historical fiction, however as little is mention of Dinah in the Bible, one has to use their imagination to contrive the events present here (as I believe Ms. Diamant has done).  Often depressing, her depiction of the men in the story (including Dinah’s father Jacob and brother Joseph) as machismo and cruel makes this a difficult read.  Not one of my favorites.


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