January 01, 2010

The Red Tent

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

✭✭✭✭ (out of 5 stars)

I really liked this book. It was interesting and provocative. Filled with little lessons, and thoughtful drama. The story follows the life of Dinah, daughter of Jacob and Leah (yeah, that Jacob and Leah, from the Bible). It begins with her telling the story of her four mothers, and the birth of her brothers and sisters. We learn with Dinah as she becomes a woman, and a midwife. It (the book) celebrates the story of women, and the role they play in bringing life into the world.
The only thing I didn't like was the way the author changed the some of the Bible stories, and the personalities of key figures. I thought of it purely as a fictional story, rather than doctrine or any sort of truthful testament. Good read, all about girl power, and the strength and sacrifice of women.

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