The last book we read for my now defunct book club at work was not one I ever would have picked out. Let me start out by saying that I am in no way biblically driven. The few times I've done more than peruse the bible were in church when the sermons were too dry to focus on. So when someone suggested The Red Tent, which is the story of Dinah who was little more than a footnote in the Book of Genesis, I was hesitant to say the least.
After years of working and accruing a wealth that Laban perceives as his own since it is his land, Jacob decides that the time has come to try to make amends with his brother Esau and set up a village all his own. So after a bitter settlement is reached between Laban and Jacob and all their wares packed, the family sets off to see Esau and find a place to settle. Around this time, Dinah is growing into the age of maturity and upon settling into their village, she meets the man she loves and marries. But their time together is all too brief.
The first part of Anita Diamant's book was interesting but slow. Parts two and three of the book really picked up the pace and had me glued to the book. As I said, this book would not have ever been one that I would have chosen, so I am really glad that someone recommended it. I would have missed out on a great tale otherwise. As soon as I finished this book, I found my bible and read the Book of Genesis to see how the story compared. I was amazed to see that a novel this rich and detail oriented was spun from little more than two paragraphs.
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