The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant

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Two stars, read February 2012.

I have mixed feelings on this. I love the premise, the idea that someone wrote about some of the women of the Bible as though they were actual people. But I listened to it on audio and I did not like the narrator, nor was the writing fantastic.

I loved listening to the stories of Leah, Bilhah, Zilpha, and Rachel. I really did not like the way Leah and Rachel were depicted in their attitudes toward Jacob at the beginning . . . the fawning and obsessing were fairly gag-inducing for me.

I actually quite liked the way Jacob was depicted, but for some reason Joseph bothered me; not sure why the disparity. A lot of the time I found myself just so angry at the horrible way women were treated, and I can’t quite separate that from my feelings about the book itself.

It was good, though, especially for what it is—a book that tells untold stories—and I am glad to have read it.

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