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The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

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Post by Telynor » Mon September 1st, 2008, 10:03 pm

I didn't like this book at all; several scenes bothered me quite a bit, and I was just relieved when it was over.

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Post by Vanessa » Thu February 28th, 2013, 11:14 am

I was a little disappointed by this book after all the rave reviews. I enjoyed the last part which was set in Egypt. But the thought of all those women stuck in a tent together a few days every month sounded like purgatory to me! And some of the rituals made me squirm. I felt sorry for the sheep! There's nothing wrong with the writing as it's nicely written, but it just didn't engage me very much. I was quite pleased when I'd finished it.
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Post by Helen_Davis » Fri March 8th, 2013, 2:26 am

[quote=""MLE""]I positively loathed the book. Ms. Diamant had no idea what a subsistence herding lifestyle would be like. I raise animals and pack with them, so I have a much better idea. The thought of every female of bearing age in such a lifestyle spending 3-5 days a month sitting around crouched on straw is preposterous.

I also did not like what she did with the Biblical story. It seemed like she was getting 'in-your-face' with the reader's ideas just to stir up a little interest, but offense is a poor substitute for imagination.[/quote]

I enjoyed it when I was younger but now that I am older, I agree with you MLE.

Don't know anything about animals, but what you said about the straw thing yes. And totally agree with your last paragraph.

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