Book and Film Challenge Update

Book 55 for this challenge was The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. This book tells the fictional story of Dinah, the only story of Jacob, the son of Isaac of the Old Testament in the Bible. She was the last child born to Jacob’s wife Leah after her ten sons. It is a feminist book, which tells of Dinah’s initiation into the ways of the women of the tribe of Jacob as a girl and into the Red Tent, the tent used during the time of women’s menstrual periods. Dinah learns to become a midwife, along with her aunt Rachel, and the book covers her life as a small girl in Haran under the rule of her grandfather Laban, then the tribe’s move to Shechem to be near her grandparents Isaac and Rebecca, where she meets a Caananite prince with whom she falls in love and marries against her family’s wishes. But they eventually agree under harsh circumstances and all seems well until her brothers take revenge and force Dinah and her mother-in-law to flee to Egypt, where she lives out her life. There, many years later, her path crosses Joseph’s and they eventually see their father before he dies. Dinah makes a life for herself in Egypt and learns to value her life and skills as a woman there. This historical novel was very interesting and held my attention; it is terribly sad in parts and brings one to tears and at other times one rejoices with Dinah at the happiness she has found. Fifty-five down, 45 to go.


About mairedubhtx

I am a "youngish" grandmother of 15 year old twin granddaughter who has recently (is a year "recent"?) adopted Islam as my way of life, much to the consternation of my family. I love to read. I love to write. I am writing a book about my decision to revert, about my spiritual journey. I have another blog about stories from my youth, my parents, and grandparents. It's a blog so my OCD daughter will not be able to throw it out when I die. I suffer from depression and anxiety, for which I am treated, so my posts may be a bit dark at times. C'est la vie.
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