I'm not very familiar with the original Bible stories that The Red Tent is based on. After reading a few other reviews, it seems many who are familiar feel this was a big departure from the 'true' stories. I didn't read this for an accurate retelling of a Bible story, so I have no opinion on the accuracy.
Overall I enjoyed The Red Tent. While I understand this is one person's creative view on how life was for women back then, I think the picture she painted could have been very accurate. There were only a few parts that I felt dragged on longer than necessary. I'm looking forward to watching the mini-series now.
If you've interacted with me much, you'll know by now that I absolutely love heists.
So how could I resist a book called "Heist"?
The opening is promising enough. We are introduced to the aforementioned "oddball crew," which consists of a thief, a grifter, a hitter, a brain, and...
As it turns out, Heist isn't so much about the heist as it is about the aftermath. The heist itself is dirt simple: an employee goes in at night, pulls out the money, hands it off to his conspirators, and heads off to Mexico. What happens next involves a hitman, a cigar store Indian, a lot of M&Ms, and a Velvet Elvis. The book is not so much about the heist as it is about the insane and idiotic things the conspirators tried to do with the money. To take only one example, one of the women goes to a bank, asks about the max she can deposit without having it reported to the federal government, and then adds cheerfully to the teller, "Don't worry, it's not drug money."
While it is funny, I also found it distasteful, and it took me a while to pin down why. For one thing, I don't generally like reading recent histories; I like my nonfiction to involve people who are not only dead but whose bones are basically dust at this point. Second, this story and the way it is presented is simply a reinforcement of all the negative stereotypes people have of "hillbillies." The theft itself appears to have had devastating effects on the community, and not only because of the families with members in prison. Because of the theft and its aftermath, the whole area became a laughingstock for the rest of the US. It bothers me that the story extracted from the theft is one of hollow mockery.
Alright, all that over, I'm going back to watching Leverage, where the heists are clever, the humour is more upbeat, and the endings are happy.
*Quote is from Leverage, not from the book.
I only got 1 book for Christmas. ONE!
But a few others went on sale so I got them while I could. I have been very sluggish this fall and winter. Been sick a lot. So reading hasn't been high on my priorities. Anyway, I hope everyone had a good holiday season. I'm getting over a cold, but I'm trying to get a couple more reads done before we start the new year.