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Her name is Dinah. In the Bible her fate is merely hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the verses of the Book of Genesis that recount the life of Jacob and his infamous dozen sons. The Red Tent is an extraordinary and engrossing tale of ancient womanhood and family honour. Told in Dinah's voice, it opens with the story of her mothers, the four wives of Jacob, each of whom embodies unique feminine traits, and concludes with Dinah's own startling and unforgettable story of betrayal, grief and love.

Deeply affecting and intimate, The Red Tent combines outstandingly rich storytelling with an original insight into women's society in a fascinating period of early history. Such is its warmth and candour that it is guaranteed to win the hearts and minds of women across the world.

© Anita Diamant; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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such an evocative book

I have read this book and listened to it several times. For me, it brings to life how women's lives were shaped by men for so long. although the women were strong and supported each other, ultimately they had very little choice in making decisions about their lives. Life was hard and the men could be brutal.
The story is about Dinah, the sister of Joseph-from the old testament. Although set in biblical times, it is not about religion. It covers one woman's life from birth to death, her childhood with all of the wives acting as her mother, her training to be a midwife, falling in love and having a son - all against the biblical background of familiar stories.
For today's independent active women, a life where you lived apart from the men when you were menstruating or in childbirth -in the red tent being waited upon by young girls - is so alien. But despite the sadness of death and loss, this is a joyous account of a woman overcoming the hardships to find peace of mind and her place in the world.

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Excellent

I have previously read this book but when I saw it available on Audible, I thought that I would download it. Listening to it, I thoroughly enjoyed it and was able to visualise the characters better than when I read it.

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phenomenal book

An utterly beautiful read. I finished this with tears of love streaming down my face.

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must read

engrossed from start to finish, cried, smiled and healed along with the story. must read.

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Excellent book

I feel like this book will stay with me for some time. Excellently written and read beautifully. A must listen for all women ... and men

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loved Eleanor Bron,really brought the story to lif

beautifully told story, loved the book and loved Eleanor Brons narration. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoyed the book

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Wonderful

Beautiful story and wonderful narration. Definitely recommend to anyone interested in the feminine power and grace

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Mesmerizing and beautiful

A completely enveloping journey into pre-Christian history, offering a compelling glimpse of everyday life in times we hear little about. There's a kind of nostalgic sadness about this haunting story and a profound feeling of connectedness with these people, our ancestors who, although living a simpler kind of life, barely differed from us at all.

I just loved this book, which reminded me strongly of 'Honour' by Elif Shafak, my favourite Audible book to date.

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beautiful story

I finished this in days,
A beautiful story, i found it insightful and touching and described in a way that certainly sparked my imagination.

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a book for women everywhere

made me think about my mother and grandmother as well as my daughters and my unborn granddaughters. beautiful.

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  • Ian
  • 19-06-12

Not just for girlies

Ignore the blurby bit. This book is not just for women. It is a great book for anybody who is interested in human history and uses a fragment of a biblical story as an interesting pivot for a real human story told fearlessly and compassionately. Moments where it pays not to be squeamish but nothing gruesome or sensational. The writing is crisp and clear and moves at a fair pace. The narration is as clear as any I have heard and does the work justice. Get it and enjoy however your chromosomes are paired up.