Saturday, January 22, 2011

"The Red Tent" by Anita Dimant

Published: 1997
Read: 2010
Genre: Historical Fiction
Setting: Based on Dinah in Genesis
Rating: 4
Reviews: Old English Rose Reads

Suggested by my sister-in-law.  Very quick read - in two nights. Sucked into the story immediately. Drawn to Dinah and her life.  Really liked the extrapolation and interpretation of her story - believable. Not only her story but of Jacob and his family.

Story Synopsis

Historical fiction published in 1997 about Dinah, daughter of Leah, first wife of Jacob. 

Expands on the bible story where Jacob deceived this brother Esau, out of his birthright and has to flee for his life. At his mother, Rebecca’s urging, he travels to her brother, Laban to find a wife. He falls in love with Rachel, the beautiful one but is “tricked” into marrying her older sister, Leah.

He has children via Leah, Rachel, Bilhah and Zilpah.  These are all mother figures to Dinah.  She falls in love with a prince from Shechem. In order for his son to marry Dinah, the king agrees that all men will be circumcised. While recovering, Jacob’s sons murder all the men. Dinah, heartbroken, breaks ties with her family and goes to Egypt once her mother-in-law realizes that she carries a child. She give birth to a son who becomes her mother-in-law’s son. She becomes a renowned midwife and ends up delivering a child of her estranged brother, Joseph. Through him, she goes back to where Jacob’s tribe is.

Memorable Quotes:

The importance of remembering
“I wish I had more to tell of my grandmothers.  It is terrible how much has been forgotten, which is why, I suppose, remembering seems a holy thing.” (3).

Remembering Josh is a holy activity - I believe it - can put this on his blog.

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