The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Death is no enemy, but the foundation of gratitude, sympathy, and art. Of all life's pleasures, only love owes no debt to death. ~ Anita Diamant, The Red Tent
The Red Tent a historical fiction novel written by New York Times bestselling author Anita Diamant is a raw and gipping portrayal of womanhood. She has breathed life into a small character from the book of Genesis. Dinah, the only daughter of Joseph, tells her life story from beginning to end, including every heart wrenching detail. From her humble beginnings as the last child of Leah to her elevated status as an Egyptian midwife, Dinah will captivate you with her thousand sorrows and her strong nature.
I personally have not read the story of Jacob and Dinah in the book of Genesis, so am unable to comment on Diamant’s adaptation. However, what she created for Dinah’s life and character is a tribute to all women. Dinah’s story explores what it means to be a woman and takes us back to a time where our monthly cycles were celebrated and giving birth was a right of passage. I personally found courage and connection within Dinah’s story. I have been reminded of my womanhood and what it truly means to be a daughter, a sister, and a mother.
Diamant has a knack for ripping out your heart, and then tenderly swaddling it, nursing it back to health, and placing it’s beating form back in your chest. Her writing flows so well, despite it’s nakedness, and will be your addiction until completion of this marvelous novel. Diamant isn’t scared to tackle the taboo in such a way to not overly disgust. She has included the small details of the time from the food preparation to customs. Her scenes are succinct yet beautiful, and her characters are eloquent. This book is truly a masterpiece and a testament to Anita Diamant’s knowledge and understanding of biblical times.
I highly recommend all women read this story to remember our womanhood and the powers it contains. Diamant’s reimagining of Dinah’s tale is more than a story; it is a testament to women and our divine love and strength.
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