Over five years in the writing,The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of imagination and research, set in ancient Israel.In 70 C.E., nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert.... show more
Over five years in the writing,The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of imagination and research, set in ancient Israel.In 70 C.E., nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Ba
Format: Audible Audio
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Magical Realism
I have a feeling that this book is a bit of a let down, that in some ways it should be better or more likable than it is. Than I have to wonder if it is because in some ways it is too accurate; it is the fall of Masada after all. That’s not going to end well. And yet, it still fee...
Thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was great to finally read a book classified by others as "literary" and finally enjoy it. Most "literary" books are hard to read and require me to take frequent breaks to read lighter fare. For e.g. On Chesil Beach, it took me 6 weeks to make my way through this, re...
This is a first Alice Hoffman read for me. It was one of the top picks at my local bookstore when it first came out. I don't normally gravitate towards this kind of fiction but something about the cover and the synopsis called out to me, and I'm glad I followed thru.I don't know anything about this ...
Set in 70CE concerning the Roman destruction of the Temple. As much as I enjoy the magical aspect of the story, Yael's memory of her birth was a bit much for me, and the unrelenting anguish of her early life made it hard for me to connect.Library copy.
Great read! Wonderfully written, I can't say which character was my favorite, since I saw apart of myself in each one. The story is violent, bloody and doomed and yet there is love, friendship and a will to survive. My only complaint is that it did seem to drag on a bit and for that reason I'm givin...