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. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the horrifically brutal murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and an expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets?about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love. The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s masterpiece.
Lots of violence fascinating to sustain population on Masada. Connection between women, repetitive glad to have read it, would not recommend. Continue reading →
For the first meeting of the year, the 1st Wednesday Group discussed ‘Silence of the Grave’ by Arnaldur Indriason.
About the Author
Arnaldur Indriðason was born in Reykjavík January 28, 1961 and writes crime fiction. He is the son of writer Indriði G. Þorsteinsson. Arnaldur graduated with a degree in history from the University of Iceland in 1996. Arnaldur’s first published book, Sons of Dust (Synir duftsins) in 1997, is the first in the Detective Erlendur series. Arnaldur’s books have been published in twenty-six countries and have been translated into Russian, Polish, German, Greek, Danish, Catalan, English, Italian, Czech, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Chinese, Croatian, Romanian and French. He won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award in 2005 for the novel Silence of the Grave. Arnaldur lives in Reykjavík with his wife and three children. (Bowker Author Biography)
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