The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant



Two stars, read February 2012.

I have mixed feelings on this. I love the premise, the idea that someone wrote about some of the women of the Bible as though they were actual people. But I listened to it on audio and I did not like the narrator, nor was the writing fantastic.

I loved listening to the stories of Leah, Bilhah, Zilpha, and Rachel. I really did not like the way Leah and Rachel were depicted in their attitudes toward Jacob at the beginning . . . the fawning and obsessing were fairly gag-inducing for me.

I actually quite liked the way Jacob was depicted, but for some reason Joseph bothered me; not sure why the disparity. A lot of the time I found myself just so angry at the horrible way women were treated, and I can’t quite separate that from my feelings about the book itself.

It was good, though, especially for what it is—a book that tells untold stories—and I am glad to have read it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.