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The Dovekeepers

A Novel
Hoffman, Alice (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Summary: 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.
Subject Headings: Women Israel Fiction Masada Site (Israel) Siege, 72-73 Fiction Identity (Psychology) Fiction Man-woman relationships Fiction Historical
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Love stories
Audiobooks
Topical Term: Women
Identity (Psychology)
Man-woman relationships
Historical
ISBN: 9781451617474
Branch Call Number: FIC H
Research Call Number: JFE 11-3732
*PSS 11-1328
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October 8, 2013


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The tragic story of what actually happened at Masada over two thousand years ago is only part of the drama of this story. Hoffman draws the reader into the lives and relationships of four women, Yael, whose mother died in childbirth; Revka a bakers wife; Aziza, raised as a boy; and Shirah, a mystic and wise woman who is involved with one of the leaders of Masada. Through the stories of these women the reader is provided with a vivid, personal and very human account of the people’s lives and deaths at Masada. For historical fiction readers interested in the mystical.

May 20, 2014
  • MaryMaryJ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A beautifully written book filled with raw fact, emotion and tenderness. Fantastic read. Absolutley loved it. Well done to Hoffman.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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Jul 30, 2014
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