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The Red Tent....by Anita Diamant

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Kally Thu 02-Oct-08 03:25:56

I picked this up in a charity store for 30p and by the 'shape' of the book, I thought 'loads have read this'.. dog eared, spine broken, folded pages, food stains...

I enjoyed it so much altho have never heard of this author before and wanted to know if anyone has read any of her other stuff and whether they are along the same scene...

Highly recommended.

SuperBunny Thu 02-Oct-08 03:27:29

I loved this book too. I don't think I've read anything else by her. Will watch this thread with interest

Kally Thu 02-Oct-08 03:40:53

Funny because on the same day that I picked that particular book up, I also nabbed Empress Orchid by Anchii Min, and read that with gusto as well. Very feminine angle etc, but that is also drenched in history and tradition of that era and area. Then I started Red Tent and thought what a coincidence that I should pick up two books ad lib that are so 'similar'. Also recommend, beautifully written and informative about that dynasty.

SuperBunny Thu 02-Oct-08 03:46:35

I'll look out for Empress Orchid. I haven't read anything very good recently so would love to find something I can't put down. Thanks for the recommendation.

MLWfirsttimemum Thu 02-Oct-08 03:51:10

I've read Anita Diamant's other books. They are quite different from The red tent. She's written a selection of essays on being jewish, amongst other things as well as some more fiction, but in my opinion not as interesting as TRT. Look at Amazon for her other books.

Just finished "Away" by Amy Bloom which was fantastic, in case you are looking for a good read (set in 1924 New York)

Kally Thu 02-Oct-08 03:57:11

I tend to get caught up in 'perspectives' when I find a good 'stream'. I've just got another by Nora Loft 'The Kings Pleasures' (am crapp at British History) hope to be enlightened a bit. Anyone know of any other 'bible era' books like that? Am not religious in the slightest, but lived in Israel most of my life (no, not Jewish) therefore familar with the traditions, places, names, rituals... It just 'did' it for me...(plus I love strength of females/sisterhood in chauvinistic settings) ha ha ha....

SuperBunny Thu 02-Oct-08 04:08:48

People who read The Red Tent with me also liked Stone Diaries by Carol Shields but I have no idea what it is about.

ghosty Thu 02-Oct-08 05:05:51

Excellent book, couldn't put it down ...

Blandmum Thu 02-Oct-08 07:26:31

Fantastic book, was up until 2 to finish it

Her book 'Last Days of Dogtown' is also good

MadBadandDangeroustoKnow Fri 03-Oct-08 00:05:14

Dissenting voice .... I thought TRT was OK but nothing remarkable. The story was gripping, and I'll go back to re-read the story of Jacob in the Bible, but I didn't like the style of writing, which I found clunky. It did make two of our book group cry, though.

stayinbed Fri 03-Oct-08 00:30:39

funny i have it here in my room got it as a gift and have never heard of her or the book so have left it here wondering about it. will ready it now!

Badgermoose Fri 03-Oct-08 13:13:38

Haven't read it but, but the Stone Diaries are brilliant, as is unless by the same author, so will have to give it a go

EachPeachPearMum Fri 10-Oct-08 20:24:06

I haven't read red tent yet... but Last Days of Dogtown I just read, and it was very good- I really enjoyed it.

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