The Red Tent (英語) ペーパーバック – 2002/3/8
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'I genuinely fell into this rich and colourful world and Dinah and Leah have stayed with me as ancestors and sisters brought to life by Anita Diamant's imaginative novel' - Maureen Lipman. Her name is Dinah. In the Bible her fate is merely hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the verses of the Book of Genesis that recount the life of Jacob and his infamous dozen sons. Anita Diamant's The Red Tent is an extraordinary and engrossing tale of ancient womanhood and family honour. Told in Dinah's voice, it opens with the story of her mothers - the four wives of Jacob - each of whom embodies unique feminine traits, and concludes with Dinah's own startling and unforgettable story of betrayal, grief and love. Deeply affecting and intimate, The Red Tent combines outstandingly rich storytelling with an original insight into women's society in a fascinating period of early history and such is its warmth and candour, it is guaranteed to win the hearts and minds of women across the world. Adapted as a TV miniseries starring Rebecca Ferguson and Minnie Driver.
I genuinely fell into this rich and colourful world and Dinah and Leah have stayed with me as ancestors and sisters brought to life by Anita Diamant's imaginative novel. -- Maureen Lipman商品の説明をすべて表示する
Loved the tone of Dina's voice as she told how she witnessed "everything" as a little girl and as she grew up to a full-womanhood.
Very moving and realistic, Anita Diamant has done a great job, using her contemporary American woman's tone of voice but putting all of her heart, love, anger, sadness and everything else that a woman can feel, into Dina's voice, with of course, the sensitiveness of a Jewish woman's pride and spirituality.
Friendly book for those who see Jewish women as some people "a bit detached" or "mysterious" for the way the Jewish communities exist, especially the orthodox. We can see Jewish women are just like any other women in the world, feeling the joy and pain of giving birth and losing loved ones. However, I imagine how the stories would have been different if the bible was written by women! Anita showed how it could have been like with this special book! So colourful, full of sounds, smells, beauty and love... We can see how men and women see things differently, and TELL differently. My life-time favourite book :)
Many thoughtful reviews have already been posted. I will affirm that it was wonderful to read this story, told from the point of view of the women. In those times, women were treated as chattel and the only power they had was that of producing sons. They claimed that power, and it was fascinating. I also liked the portrayal of the community of women and what they brought to the family economy, I hope that part is "true."
I love the historical fiction quality of the book. The alternative perspectives from Biblical literalism is a relief. The alternate perspective on Dinah's "rape" is worthy of contemplation. In today's world, there are "honor killings" that sometimes occur when women have sex outside of marriage, whether it's consensual or rape. We have a modern context for seeing women who don't have self determination, whose marriages are arranged, or consent still only comes with a price. It's not that hard to see the possibility of an alternate reality for Dinah. It certainly makes for a great story. I am fascinated by the tensions and textures created by the encounters with people of differing beliefs, the women practicing the old ways, those who don't, the paganism, those following the God of Abraham, and then the Egyptians. It is interesting to follow how those beliefs color their lives and how they interact with people of differing beliefs. One can also experience that in the reviews here on Amazon!
I do not find the story anti-male or anti-Bible. When one recalls that men had all the power, then tragic use of power is on the men. But other aspects of power appear in the encounters between the shepherd and the king, and Dinah amongst the Egyptians, etc. The tensions of religion and culture and social position within the tribe and beyond are part of the story.
I've tried to write without spoilers. It's a great book. One can be a person of faith without being insulted by a single syllable in this book. Criticisms from 2000 are interesting, but I think that time is on the side of deep appreciation for The Red Tent.
As a feminist, my heart jumped as the story of these great women was finally told -believably, in their imperfections. I hurt for the characters, and painfully thrill that this story could hold many truths, despite its fictions. I don't pretend that this is not a fictional novel, but instead no longer pretend that there is not much unsaid in the Biblical Word. What is between the lines is the story of the world, and with it the story of the women, the slaves, the other -the marginalized. Should I meet Dinah in Heaven one day, I will enjoy splashing my feet in the river bank with her as she tells me all that went on between the lines.
As a reader and a writer, I weigh my multiple strong reactions to this story -both positive and negative as proof that this is a book that must be read - should be prized - whether loved or despised - amongst the best of our time.
I did find it a bit long-winded in places and switched to speed-reading whereas I normally like to "savor" the literature that I read.
I still enjoyed the book and have recommended it to my book club