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4.0 out of 5 stars The Red Tent By Anita Diamant, 15 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The Red Tent (Kindle Edition)
THE RED TENT BY ANITA DIAMANT

Anita Diamant perseveres so gallantly with the world of womanly woes and still manages to over-ride the ‘pity me syndrome’ to produce a book of true depth and beauty of writing.

The story of Dihna so brilliantly portrayed as the greatest ‘Love Story Never Told,’ is both moving and disconcerting. This amazing author manages to captivate her reader with the ancient world of male domination and servitude that prevails.

Her wonderful sensitivity as a writer is evident throughout this book with numerous memorable metaphors. Her reference to her two brothers, born out of the usual accepted wed lock, and their inevitable bitterness. Anita sums up their entire countenance by saying so eloquently;

“How They Dwelt In The Ever Widening Margins Of Their Own Discontent”

She continues in this vein to establish herself as a true writing genius, with quotes like;

“Salted By The Tears Of Those Who Would Not Accompany Them” (A wonderful description of the final meal she shared with the members of their tribe who would not be making the big journey with them).

Perhaps one of the most poignant lines of the entire novel was when Wareno spoke to Dihna about the painful things to be endured in life saying;

“They Were The Knots On A Beautiful Necklace Necessary For Keeping The Beads In Place”

Anita Diamant gifts her reader with a wonderful dip in the ocean of predictability that is still to this day, the essence of womanhood. We have moved on undoubtedly, our world and the world of Dihna and her four amazing mothers are poles apart. Yet the fact still remains we are all still rotating with the tides and the moon and many of us are as predictable as the Tide and still as capable of dramatically changing moods brought about by that very essence of our womanhood.

The Red Tent opens your eyes once again to the amazing fact that you do literally adapt quite readily to your environment. It reminded me once again, that just because we have been raised in a certain light does not mean it is the best light! This novel enables the reader to embrace different cultures, and to realise that no single culture holds the monopoly on perfection.

The women in Anita’s novel display incredible backbone, stamina, courage, fortitude in the face of extreme adversity. They are humble, yet strong, submissive yet incredibly regal in their own right.

This was a truly moving emotional story. It paves the way for great debate and contemplation. It also highlights the great injustice imposed on women throughout the centuries. This novel also clearly highlights the tremendous solidarity displayed by women towards each other despite Cupid’s interference.

I believe “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant is one of the most intriguing reads I have had the privilege to read. It is a book I would highly recommend. I would score this book 9 out of a possible 10.

Reviewed By The Mother Booker (Dublin) June 2014
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