The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Published in 1997 by A Wyatt Book for St. Martin’s Press.
About the Author
Anita Diamant (born June 27, 1951) is an American author of fiction and non-fiction books. She has published five novels, the most recent of which is The Boston Girl, a New York Times best seller.She is best known for her 1997 novel The Red Tent, which eventually became a best seller and book club favorite.She has also written six guides to contemporary Jewish practice, including The New Jewish Wedding, Living a Jewish Life, and The New Jewish Baby Book, as well as a collection of personal essays, Pitching My Tent.
So one of the few times I watched the series adaptation (check it out on Netflix) before I read the book. I wouldn’t recommend it. The book, I mean. The series was brilliant but the book was meh.
It takes you through a fictional account of a character from the Bible, the old testament – Dinah. She is the only daughter of Jacob raised by 4 wives and 11 brothers though Joseph was the most beloved child. The story is good – the fact that she decided to write about this character, where she went with it, describing the time well as well as the family.
But I didn’t like the style in which she wrote it. I ploughed through the book but maybe it’s just not the kind of prose I enjoy as a reader. When Netflix came up with the series based on the novel, I was skeptical but they managed it very well. They made the book better for me. The casting and the detailing was so good, like most biblical movies are. The series is wonderful. Anyone interested in biblical stories, espescially the Old Testament, this mini series is a definite must watch!