- Gebundene Ausgabe: 321 Seiten
- Verlag: St Martins Pr; Auflage: Special, Gift. (18. Oktober 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0312353766
- ISBN-13: 978-0312353766
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,2 x 2,8 x 22 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 116 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.214.749 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Red Tent (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 18. Oktober 2005
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Anita Diamant's The Red Tent is an epic celebration of womanhood, written for women everywhere, regardless of their status, creed or colour. It is the story of a woman whose life was blessed by great love and torn by tragedy, of the lessons she learned through her own experiences and those of the women, and men, whose lives she touched. Diamant has chosen as her leading lady a woman whose name alone conjures up echoes of mystery, passion and betrayal. The Red Tent is the fictional tale of Dinah, whose life, like the majority of women in the Old Testament, merits only a passing mention. It is the men in Dinah¹s life that history has remembered: her famous father Jacob, his dozen sons and especially her brother, Joseph and his technicolour dreamcoat. Not religious? Don' t worry, this biblical character and the story Anita Diamant has woven from the merest hints, will appeal to all.
Strangely, even though Dinah lived her life several thousand years ago in a culture far removed from almost all of the women who will read this book, her story is as relevant and fresh as any written in recent years. This novel is as compelling for its female take on the grand themes that transcend time--birth, death, love, hate, betrayal and forgiveness-as it is for its meticulously researched and hugely fascinating picture of everyday life as an early Jewish woman. The book's title refers to the tent where the women retired each month to pass their menstruation, and the descriptions of their time spent celebrating this fundamental rite of womanhood, and other daily customs make this a most original and inspiring book. In an age when gender and family traditions are becoming more and more diluted, The Red Tent honours women and their many and varied roles in life. Carey Green -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
"An intense, vivid novel . . . It is tempting to say that The Red Tent is what the Bible would be like if it had been written by women, but only Diamant could have given it such sweep and grace."--The Boston Globe
"The best fiction reporters create a world and bathe us in its sounds and sights, its language and climate, the intricate relationships among its inhabitants. Anita Diamant has performed this wondrous craft: She has brought forth one of those books that appear effortless precisely because the writer has pondered even the length of breath between each character's words . . . This earthy, passionate tale, told also with great delicacy, is, quite simply, a great read."--Jane Redmont, National Catholic Reporter
"By giving a voice to Dinah, one of the silent female characters in Genesis, the novel has struck a chord with women who may have felt left out of biblical history. It celebrates mothers and daughters and the mysteries of the life cycle."--The Los Angeles Times
"A richly imagined world . . . Paints a vivid picture of what women's society might have resembled during biblical times. Although it is a novel, it is also an extended midrash or exegesis--filling in gaps left by the biblical text."--Jewish Times
"[A] vivid evocation of the world of Old Testament women . . . The red tent becomes a symbol of womanly strength, love, and wisdom . . . Diamant succeeds admirably in depicting the lives of women in the age that engendered our civilization and our most enduring values."--Publishers Weekly
"The oldest story of all could never seem more original, more true."--James Carroll, author of An American Requiem
You do not have to be familiar with the bible to enjoy this novel, although if you are, you'll certainly recognize stories and characters. It's about the strength of women, their roles in a male dominated religious society, and their all important relationships.
Although I was eager to read this book, I didn't expect it to have such an impact on me, nor did I expect to love it as much as I did. Highly recommended.
Unfortunately, though "The Red Tent" has the potential to become a great novel, it is bogged down by terrible ideas. The women of this ancient world are more like transplanted women of today, and they fit like square pegs. Controversial issues of today such as abortion are shown in this, in a manner that is clumsy and unappealing.
It may be true that a woman's influence was determined by the number of children she had, but is it best to show her as being restrained in such a way? Couldn't some of the women in "The Red Tent" have made a mark with their intelligence and wisdom?
I also did not enjoy the constant birth scenes. One or two would have been sufficient, but I lost count. Also, the writing style is evidently meant to imitate the Biblical texts-but let's face it, the Bible covers thousands of years, rather than just a few. We have little insight into the characters, why they act the way they do
God is a vague presence in this, compared to the pagan gods and goddesses, and Jacob seems insincere in his worship. Dinah-who seemed very flat-can evidently only be happy when she leaves her family to live in pagan Egypt (which was not half as nice as it's portrayed here). I also found her relationship with Shechem disturbing-if you notice, she's far too young for deep emotional ties.
I give The Red Tent two stars, for the potential it has, if rewritten. In the meantime, I advise you to read "Leah" by Shott-true womanly strength and power.
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