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Mar 13, 2008 09:34AM
Did you like this book? I read it over Christmas but I'm not sure I liked it
Jan 12, 2010 10:24PM
you make some interesting points, but isn't the whole point of writing to take creative license, whether it's with biblical tales or modern ones? it seems like a lot of people read the bible quite literally and get offended if the author tweaks the story.
Sep 03, 2010 08:51AM
It never ceases to amaze me that normally rational and logical people can turn into total idiots when it comes to the bible. It's senseless to be so offended by someone's interpretation of a fable that comes from a book that has been interpreted, revised and translated innumerable times over thousands of years. Usually to suit a power driven male dominated society.
Has the world suddenly changed from some supernatural place or have we proven the supernatural things are only tricks used by opportunists to take advantage of the weak and vulnerable? The stories of old truth, embellished versions of stories passed by mouth and eventually written or just fables meant to teach lessons like in any other religion through history. Why is it that the Egyptian or Greek stories are considered myth yet these equally impossible stories are called truth?
How could men who had so many wives and such an elevated status in their society not be construed in such a way? How could they not behave in such a way. Power corrupts. You see it in daily life. There's evidence all around you. If anything I believe that the love she portrayed in the story was extremely optimistic! The thought that they had some kind of romantic happy family existence is naive at best.
I don't think it's any kind of injustice to the women that they remained true to the gods that they were raised with. Especially since those gods were so much more empowering to women who's culture restricted their freedom in nearly every sense. I think to these women "the one true god" would have sounded like yet another master who would enslave and demand of them. This wasn't even a religion. It was the 3rd generation of the families personal beliefs. The rest of the world was still following what they saw as a logical belief system. Throughout the world there is evidence that the beginning of all religions and spirituality started with Goddess worship.
Jan 29, 2011 07:34PM
Well said, Angela! I'm going to have to read this book now. :-)
Dec 06, 2011 02:23AM
It never claims to be factual, it's called fiction. Even that said I think it merits honesty in asking us to examine and question objectivity.
Jan 14, 2013 09:52PM
If anything, it is the neurotic obsession with sex, ego and superstitions that was most historically accurate in this novel. It isn't written so much in the bible because everyone at the time was fairly aware that everyone else was obsessing over every square inch of each others sexuality, reputation and stance on bizzare superstition. It's not written down, as it simply didn't need to be written down. Diamant is simply writing in a narrative that can ressonate with us.
Dec 04, 2014 02:25PM
Did anyone else find her vocabulary to be very limited?
Mar 05, 2015 07:43AM
I agree, Heather... way to big a departure from the Bible. I am fine with historical fiction as long as it just adds to history and doesn't change it. I don't know why she felt the need to rewrite the Old Testament when she could just as easily have created Dinah's life in the context of the Bible as it is written.
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