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The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
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Feb 09, 2011

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bookshelves: historical-fiction

I had mixed feelings about this novel, but overall I enjoyed it.

The big con for me was that all of the characters are from the Bible. Dinah, Jacob, Isaac, Rachel, Leah, etc. Thus, it created conflict when the characters acted in ways that conflicted with my view of these Biblical characters.

However, if you can look past that part, this is a really interesting book that sheds light on a time that I haven't read much about. The culture and customs are fascinating, as well as the descriptions of life as a midwife. Diamant is very in-tune with concepts of sisterhood, motherhood, as well as female bonding that occurs during periods of hardship and tragedies.

Overall, it's a book I have reflected on often since I have finished it. The ending isn't blissfully happy, but you will end the book feeling content and wiser in the ways of women :) I own it if anyone wants to borrow my copy.

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