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ISBN13: 9781451617474
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Elyse, January 17, 2012 (view all comments by Elyse)
A historical novel about the siege of Masada by the Roman army. It is told in the voices of four women - women who defied the norms of the day in one way or another. It's filled with magic, faith and superstition. Though the review on this site is negative, I found the prose itself to be magical. I was hooked from the first page-
"Everywhere I walked my fate walked with me, sewn to my feet with red thread". Indeed, there is a lot of talk of these women's fates. Some of the descriptive passages are a bit long, and she often repeats herself - though I think it is intentional, as the four women tell the same story at times. Nonetheless, the characters are so real I felt sure they really existed, and I was moved by a story I should have been familiar with, but didn't really know it until now.
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NinaL, January 10, 2012 (view all comments by NinaL)
Alice Hoffman's writing is beautiful. At times, her narrative is mesmerizing and dreamlike as Hoffman leads her reader through the story. I liked how she gave voice to each of her characters and let the women tell the story; it seemed a very intimate approach to a rather harrowing tale. Hoffman's writing brings forth the tensions and struggles of the ancient Judeans amongst themselves and against the Roman incursion. Through each character's story, the reader gets the sense of a changing world that many are fighting hard to prevent its total collapse. The novel's subject is gloomy, the siege of Masada did not end well as the back cover book synopsis states, yet Hoffman presents "The Dovekeepers" with such authenticity that I was compelled to keep reading and hope for each character's safety. (For the complete review, visit luxuryreading(dot)com.)
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gcottraux, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by gcottraux)
I am a big fan of Alice Hoffman. Her stories are usually set in contemporary times, so this was a different approach with the historical setting. Yet the themes of women's strength, complexity, spirituality in the face of enormous challenges that are central to her writing are there. I was totally absorbed in the 4 main characters' tales.
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Lisa Scheerer, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Lisa Scheerer)
A must read especially those interested in the history of Israel!
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Victoria Aarons, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Victoria Aarons)
This is a passionate novel at the intersection of mythic history and imagined worlds in which the richly hewed voices of the characters carry the reader to its dramatic closure.
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ISBN:
9781451617474
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Hoffman, Alice
Author:
Hoffman
Author:
Alice
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Subject:
The dovekeepers, masada, alice Hoffman, toni Morrison, survivors, Israel, biby, jewish, old testament, historical fiction, mark burnett, history channel, miniseries the bible, roma downey, josephus, desert fortress, archaeology, herod, flavius silva
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20111004
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-C endpapers
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 512 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9781451617474 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Almost too dense to bear, Hoffman's 23rd novel is brimming with doom, based on the story of the mass suicide of Jewish Zealots at Masada as recorded by the historian Josephus. Set in the first century, the blood-soaked saga unfolds from the perspectives of four courageous Jewish women whose lives converge in the dovecotes of the rebel desert stronghold. Yael is an assassin's daughter who flees Jerusalem as it falls to the Romans, arriving pregnant with the child of her father's married colleague. Revka, her husband murdered by the Romans, comes with her two grandsons, rendered mute after witnessing their mother's disembowelment by Roman soldiers. Shirah, from Alexandria, possibly a witch, brings her beautiful daughter Aziza, who having learned the ways of men among the tribesmen of Moab, uses her warrior's skills to fight in this last stand against the Roman legions. Suspicious of one another early on, the women, each with her own secrets and talents, powerful lovers and magical spells, soon develop a loyalty so fierce that they are willing to sacrifice everything for each other and for the children they are entrusted with. Hoffman (Here on Earth) can tell a tale and knows about creating compassionate characters, but the leaden archaic prose style she uses tells more than it shows. Massive descriptive paragraphs slow the action, until, by the end, the reader is simply worn out. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Alice Hoffman’s richest, most ambitious novel ever, a tour de force of imagination and research, set in ancient Israel.
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