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The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
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Jan 18, 2012

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I was a bit confused by the raving reviews of this. It is good. I like the idea of trying to represent the female point of view of an historical event, and I confess that I don't know a lot of Jewish/Israeli history, so it was a more interesting starting point to pinpoint me towards that history, however the writing style is extremely irritating. For the first few chapters, I wondered if I had stumbled across a Mills and Boon historical fiction series, and surely some of the sex scenes describe some kind of cheesy writing prize. That coupled with the endless rhetorical questions and very unrealistic characterisation was quite difficult "What were women made for if not for this? What could be the punishment for all the endless sins I have completed. How could anyone respect me because I am a mere woman" ad nauseum. But I'm on holiday and I continued to give it a go, and, as it became more about the historical events of Judea, it did grow on me. Not one for if you are looking for a challenge.
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Drea Agree with you on the writing style. It was over-elaborate to the point where the story got lost. I believe this killed what could have been a really great book.

Rachelle Urist I agree with you. I don't understand why so many people rave about this book. The writing is humdrum; the author has an inflated sense of herself. The research feels alternately overdone and phony.

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