Four bold, resourceful, and sensuous women come to Masada by a different...more
1. I hate feeling dumb.
2. It’s set in Ancient Israel, 70 C.E. to be exact, and the fact that I had to ask what C.E. meant --being a child of B.C and A.D --did not go over well (Refer to #1)
3. It’s set in Ancient Israel and I, shamefully, have absolutely no clue what happened back then. I mean… besides the Last Temptation of Christ and bible stories that I kind of sort of remember. (#1)
4. The author also wrote Practical Magic, which I have not...more
Over five years in the writing, The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of imagination and research, set in ancient Israel.
In 70 C.E., nine-hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold,...more
I agree with Janet, a goodreads...more
In terms of the history, Hoffman has done an admirable job of researching and narrating the events at Masada. She describes the time, place and culture of the ancient Hebrews with great detail.
However, in terms of the fictional part of the nove...more
Alice Hoffman is...more
The book is set 70 CE, when the Romans were systematically destroying all Jews. They hunted down each population, city, group, and slaughtered them; men, women, and children. Any spared were given a life of brutal s...more
I think whether or not readers like this book will hinge on their reaction to the language Hoffman uses to recreate the world of her women. I loved the level of detail. I felt the sea salt in...more
In 70 AD nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain outside the Judean desert, Masada. (taken from the book blurb). The Dovekeepers is a fiction using this event as a base. The style reminds me of Geraldine Brooks and is as good as the books she has written.
During the first part of the book I struggled with the social and religiou...more
Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2011: Yael was born of a dead mother and father who knows how to become invisible. Revka learned silence when her grandsons lost their voices after witnessing their mother’s brutal murder. Aziza became a boy to protect herself, and hates being forced to turn back into a woman. And Shirah will do anything to protect those she...more
* I wish I had the words to express how wonderful this book is. I will be honest if Simon and Schuster hadn't sent it to me for review, I probably wouldn't have picked it up and let me tell you that would have been a shame. This book is haunting and sad but yet so full of hope and of the resilience of the human spirit
* Beautiful raw and honest story and just so god-damned emotional to read
* Exceptionally real and strong female characters
* History written so it comes alive and y...more
Poetic descriptions saturated this novel, making for an incredibly dull read. When an author spends two pages describing wind I would rather not read it. I get it, it's windy! It has no bearing on the plot, would you please move on with t...more
Over five years in the writing,
The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of imagination and research, set in ancient Israel.
In 70 C.E., nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, a
One of my biggest gripes as the story unfolded was the liberal sprinkling of Jewish/Hebrew referen...more
There were a few things I didn't like so much. It seems there were a lot of extra details and repetition. I think a lot could have been le...more
I hesitated to pick up The Dovekeepers, reading in the ja...more
I love historical fiction, and I feel that it contribute...more
I bought the book after reading a review which rated it 5 stars (exceptional), and I had to debate long and hard between rating it a 4 or 5 star review.
The story is related from the viewpoint of four women. Admittedly, I usually shy away from books broken into sections, each told by a different narrator, because if I'm involved with a character, I don't want to leave them behind. However, Ms Ho...more
"On this day we celebrate the Blessing of the Sun, for that glorious orb is in the exact same place as it had been during Creation, when God brought forth good and evil, imbuing our world with both at the same hour when he created the word and brought us out of silence, so we might make our own choices."
Alice Hoffman spent time, much time, researching an era lost. It is a fictionalized present...more