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The Red Tent

Diamant, Anita (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Red Tent


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Based on the Book of Genesis, Dinah, Jacob's only daughter, shares her perspectives on the origins of many of our modern religious practices and sexual politics, imparting the lessons she has learned from her father's wives.
Authors: Diamant, Anita
Statement of Responsibility: Anita Diamant
Title: The red tent
Publisher: New York :, Picador/St. Martin's Press,, 2007
Edition: 2nd Picador ed. Picador 10th anniversary ed
Characteristics: 321 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
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Report This Sep 26, 2013
  • JCLDianeH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I love that we get to hear the voice of a woman who has long been voiceless.It makes me wonder what interesting tales other women in the Bible have to tell.

Report This Aug 15, 2013
  • stevie22 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read in a magazine that this was a must read for women. So I checked it out. I had this preconceived notion that it would be so biblical that it should be used in a Bible Study group. Couldn't shake that feeling so I passed it on to a girlfriend. She loved it and couldn't understand why I didn't. So, I checked it out again. This time, I pushed through and it was so worth it. Understanding women's roles but mostly appreciating the sisterhood and love that women shared for each other was so touching. Can't say that it spoke real highly of men in general. Sort of reminded me of a version of "Color Purple" in that sense but different. Good read. Read it.

Report This Aug 15, 2013
  • CindyDiane rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Did not finish!! Not only did I find her style of writing not to my liking, I felt the book as a whole was a complete venue for releasing her disdain for males. I know the book is suppose to deal with "the red tent", where females go during times of uncleanliness (menstrual cycle, illness and childbirth) - I never made it that far - but I just couldn't stomach her liberal creative license in adding several fictional aspects to biblical history. I know that is the point of fiction but I felt if that is what she wanted to do, she could have and should have done so without using an actual account and individuals from history.

Starts off slow and confusing as you are introduced to a million different characters, but it stick with it and it does get better. I didn't start to love it until about 160 pages!!! This was my first read during the biblical period and i though Diamant did a brilliant job in providing a detailed picture of what life and tradition was like during that era.

Report This Aug 02, 2013
  • jbbutterfly3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Such a great book! This is historical fiction at it's best!

Report This Apr 03, 2013
  • tymkow rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

every woman should read this bookl

Report This Dec 01, 2012
  • miaone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my all-time favorites, which I'd want with me if I were stranded on a desert island, or anywhere else. I re-read it every few years. Such a relief after too much machismo in Genesis. She honors women as nothing in the Bible ever does. Much better than the original!

Report This Aug 23, 2012
  • gymgurl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved it. I would recommend it to anyone, but especially woman.

Report This Jul 27, 2012
  • bonjourhola85 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a truly amazing book to read. Diamant does a fantastic job of writing in a tone and language that brings you easily into a biblical time period. The story hooked me and I was very much attached to the characters. In a word, excellent and I would recommend this to anyone.

Report This Jul 14, 2012
  • dontbugmeimreading rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Was all I ask for in a book: impossible to put down and made me cry at the end.

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In the Book of Genesis the bible tells of Jacob and his twelve sons. This novel tells the story of Jacob's daughter Dinah and her mothers - Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah - the four wives of Jacob.

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Report This Feb 10, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

No one recalled my skill as a midwife, or the songs I sung, or the bred I baked for my insatiable brothers. Nothing remained except a few mangled details about those weeks in Shechem. There was far more to tell. Had I been asked to speak of it, I would have begun with the story of the generation that raised me, which is the only place to begin. 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.

Report This Feb 10, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

We have been lost to each other for so long. My name means nothing to you. My memory is dust. This is not your fault or mine. The chain connecting mother to daughter was broken and the word passed to the keeping of men, who had no way of knowing. That is why I became a footnote, my story a brief detour between the well-known history of my Father, Jacob, and the celebrated chronicle of Joseph, my brother. On those rare occasions when I was remembered, it was as a victim. Near the beginning of your holy book, there is a passage that seems to say I was raped and continues with the bloody tale of how my honor was avenged. It’s a wonder that any mother ever called a daughter Dinah again. But some did. Maybe you guessed that there was more to me than the voiceless cipher in the text. Maybe you heard it in the music of my name: the first vowel high and clear, as when a mother calls to her child at dusk; the second sound soft, for whispering secrets on pillows. Dee-nah.

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