What exactly is it that we want to reap from our lives? For me this was a central point of the novel! I read this years ago, so I’m not comfortable giving it a review. The book is not all bad, and not all silly. I loved getting to know Zilpah and Bilhah better..but that's where it ended. There's a problem loading this menu right now. That part was great. I think if I had the hardcover where I could reference the family tree in the front more easily it would be a lot easier to follow. The book and movie are based on the Old Testament. Generally I will be tying on my sneakers good and secure, and heading for the hills at great speed if anyone threatens (recommends) me with a tale of female bonding, sisterhood and lovey-dovey fuzziness. I loved reading from the perspective of a woman in the Old Testament. Because I think some of the more negative reviews of The Red Tent are in regards to its biblical inaccuracies. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. What exactly is it that we want to reap from our lives? I liked the writing, I liked the way Diamant addresses the contemporary socio-cultural issues, and I thought the characterization was quite vivid--I just didn't agree with the way the characters were presented.

There were just some disturbing things in there--like Jacob masturbating--(there is worse than that in the book, believe me) that I thought were AWFUL.

So about four chapters into it I thought, "wait this is really depressing and I don't want to even finish reading this when I can read my Bridget Jones talk about Vodka and Pride and Prejudice." Who knew it even existed anymore? In some part she didn't even try to be historically accurate with what the bible says.For example, she says that Joseph and Potifar's wife were lovers for a long time till he got caught, when in the bible it clearly says that Joseph ran away! October 1997 Anita Diamant wove a very intricate and poignant story that captivated me, and I think I'll be moonstruck for a while! If you see the movie and like it, then read the novel -- you'll love the novel. She turned all the men in the book, including men like Jacob and Joseph, into sex crazed, egotistical, superstitious bigots. Her name is Dinah.

It was a little long but it was a terrific story and superbly done. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I have to give it a 3 based on the terrible inaccuracies as it relates to scriptural accuracy. if you did read the book, the movie deviated a lot. Diamant truely moves our emotions. I am having a hard time following it because of the names.
This is a very credible movie. (Midrash, gotta love it) ;-). And, in all fairness, she wrote well. Okay, I really struggled through this book.

So about four chapters into it I thought, "wait this is really depressing and I don't want to even finish reading this when I can read my Bridget Jones talk about Vodka and Pride and Prejudice." The ONLY reason I read this is because a post-menopausal lady I worked with at the time said, "Hey this book is great you'll love it! I think she is a great storyteller, a la Barbara Kingsolver and John Irving. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. And every "time of the month", during the "red wave", all the women get sent to a "red tent" to bleed together in and bathe in. Though I should add that some religious people, especially those who believe Bible to be literally true, may be offended and I can see them accusing Ms Diamant of distorting the "truth.". Stories about food show a strong connection.

Great movie, really Prodigious! To be to. And I mean ALOT of characters. Some parts that are missing were missed - but that is understandable in a 3-hour condensed version. The Red Tent is (very) loosely based on the story of Dinah in Genesis, and it is a book that is very easy to read. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in.

The movie ending was vastly different from the novel and left me thinking I've just had a fine 'near-beer' instead of the real deal. It doesn't matter at all what is fiction and what is history in this book - it is just as lovely to imagine what it would be like if such a custom as "the red tent" did exist.
Although I was familiar with Dinah and what happened to her from having read her story in the Bible, Ms. Diamant's story is much richer and complex. To see what your friends thought of this book, I had that issue with a book I had on my kindle and I solved it by taking a picture of the family tree on my phone and referred to it often. i can't remember the last time a book made me cry. Nor was the richness of the society there that was laid-out in the novel. This movie, which was made as a mini series, is unlike any other. The Red Tent is a novel by Anita Diamant, published in 1997, I read it for the first time in 2013 and fell in love with the characters. While I enjoyed the parts about midwifery and wish that a place like the Red Tent really did exist, I think that the author got the story all wrong.

Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. Should religious doctrine be taken into account, or should we judge it solely on it's merits as a good story? Told in Dinah's voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood—the world of the red tent. Though I should add that some religious people, especially those who believe Bible to be literally true, may be offende, This is an epic tale based on the Biblical character Dinah and her life. The ending of the book is so beautiful and profound. Dinah's tale is one that deserves fleshing out; in the Bible it is an interesting though undeveloped and uncertain chronicle. Wistful silences demonstrate unfinished business.

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