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The Dovekeepers

A Novel
Hoffman, Alice (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Dovekeepers


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Alice Hoffman chronicles the harrowing siege at Masada in 70 C.E. Facing a frightening Roman army, 900 Jews held their own for months. But in the end, only two women and five children survived the culminating battle. Here, Hoffman traces the women's steps to Masada.
Authors: Hoffman, Alice
Statement of Responsibility: Alice Hoffman
Title: The dovekeepers
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2011
Characteristics: 504 p. : , map ; , 24 cm.
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Report This Jan 04, 2014
  • ScottFamily rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I have never read anything by Hoffman before and I'm in love with her style. With all the details in this book, I can appreciate why it took over 5 years to write.

Report This Sep 06, 2013
  • srumfeldt rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Unusual book--really four books. Women would probably enjoy this book since it details the lives of four women of the Jewish religion before Christ had appeared on the scene. Alice Hoffman, the writer, had a vivid imagination.

could not finish. truth be told could not really start! got to 10 pages. gave up. silly. unoriginal. pablum.

Report This Jun 14, 2013
  • mratzel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book....exciting story and the history comes alive in the way Hoffman tells this story of several women who lived at Masada at the time of the Roman Legion attack.

Report This Jun 06, 2013
  • pattyloucor67 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I have ever read.

had to return before I could finish and intend to try again , although I found some it tedious to read. but I do love to find out how people lived in other centuries and this book is interesting in that it relates to a period where women were treated very differently. so Ill have it on hold and post again

Report This Feb 15, 2013
  • jrbb rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I found this book tedious to read. There was far too much detail that was not really pertinent in my opinion. For me, the detail detracted from the story. The changes in narration was jarring and disruptive; it interrupted the flow of the story. I pushed myself to finish this book and almost gave up during the first part (Yael's narration). I persevered and enjoyed Revka's narration the most (the second part). The last two parts, narrated by Aziza then Shirah, were OK but I found myself skimming large portions. This is a shame because it is a very compelling and important story.

Report This Jan 23, 2013
  • ancheta56 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an exquisitely written story. I have read almost every book Hoffman has written and loved them, but this one is an incredible piece of history told with clarity and passion. This is a sublimely painful yet glorious story. I would love to see more from Hoffman like this. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time.

Report This Nov 09, 2012
  • happycanuck rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent. Such a different book in the way the perspectives of Jewish women in ancient times are expressed. So well written with an unusual plot.

Report This Oct 11, 2012
  • pardeep84 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Not sure what I missed while reading this piece, but i did not enjoy the book in its entirly. Found the story became dragged on and way to full of (unnecessary witch craft ways. Didn't find the story rich or memerizing- the characters almost became very simliar by the end...

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