The Red Tent by Anita Diamant is a dynamic novel telling the fictionalized account of Dinah, daughter of Jacob and Leah, granddaughter of Issac and Rebecca and great-granddaughter of Abrahm and Sarai. Issac, of course, is the Issac that was nearly sacrificed by his father Abrahm before the god El saved him. In addition to the human characters, the red tent itself plays in intricate role in this story and is, perhaps, the reason we have the story.
The story is as familiar as it is foreign. Genisis 34 tells the biblical version of events, <http://gbgm-umc.org/umw/joshua/gen34.stm>, though true events as told in the Old Testament varies greatly from the creative liscence taken by Diamant. Dinah’s story in The Red Tent is told from her perspective and spans the time before her conception until after the time of her death. It’s easy to be swept up in Dinah’s travels, both emotional and physical. Probing the roles of women as wives, mothers, servants and queens in the times of the Old Testament– the day to day life goes on even through the births and deaths of children, spouses, family and friends. The day to day life is put on hold only around the new moon, when the women enter the red tent. The loves and losses, tragedies and trimphs and overwhelming sense of humanity in all characters fill this book with emotion.
Definitely geared towards female readers, this book will make you blush, laugh and cry. The kinship of women is explored and will leave you wondering about the heartstrength of the women in your ancestry.
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