Never before has a book entranced me the way The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman has I ve literally just finished reading this book and I can t get my mind to settle down It s almost as if I ve
Never before has a book entranced me the way The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman has. I’ve literally just finished reading this book and I can’t get my mind to settle down. It’s almost as if I’ve ran a race, my adrenaline is pumping and my heart beating a mile a minute, scenes from the book keep going around and around in my head. My urgent need to tell everyone about this beautifully haunting book is taking over all other thoughts, so I need to get this review out before I explode!Alice Hoffman is the author of Practical Magic and The Red Garden, plus many, many other novels but The Dovekeepers is her first historical fiction work. Hoffman was inspired by a trip to Jerusalem, when she visited a place called Masada, a fortress built by Herod the Great that is situated on top of a large mountain, where a group of nine hundred Jews in the first century CE, who had fled their homelands from the invading Romans converged together to escape the slaughter of their people.The Dovekeepers is the story of four women – Aziza, the girl-warrior; Shirah, the Witch of Moab; Yael, the lioness; and Revka, the revenging mother – who came to Masada after their homes and towns were destroyed, each arriving a completely different woman than who they had been before the invasion. They tell the stories of their own life, prior to and including their time in Masada, up to that fateful day and each story is more haunting and profound than the next. Hoffman’s writing is among the most exquisite I have ever read! She has expertly woven a tale of tragedy and hope, hate and love, magic and human nature and I was mesmerized by every word. This book should come with a warning as it has the power to thoroughly enthrall a reader, causing them to block out the world around them completely. My household chores were abandoned, husband and child ignored, I was just absorbed into the pages of this novel that everything else took a backseat to the fascinating story enfolding in front of me. I cried when I finished the novel, not only because of the sad fate of the people of Masada, but because I will miss these four bold and unyielding women. I will carry their story in my heart forever.Good The Dovekeepers By Alice Hoffman Viral Ebook 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 BOver 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 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.. Alice Hoffman is the author of than thirty works of fiction, including The Rules of Magic, The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers She lives near Boston.. Good Book The Dovekeepers There are many reasons why I wouldn’t like this book:1. I hate feeling dumb.2. It’s set in Ancient Israel, 70 C.E. to be exact, and the fact that I had to ask what C.E. meant --being a child of B.C and A.D --did not go over well (Refer to #1)3. It’s set in Ancient Israel and I, shamefully, have absolutely no clue what happened back then. I mean… besides the Last Temptation of Christ and bible stories that I kind of sort of remember. (#1)4. The author also wrote Practical Magic, which I have not read but I have seen the movie and besides it being pretty damn awful, I got a serious complex having to look at Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock slink around in little black dresses. AND she’s also a favorite of Oprah which causes controversy on its own level that I don’t care to go into but still am squeamish about…5. Hype. Wasn’t it one of the books nominated for a GR Book of the Year? 6. It’s a book that one of my co-workers would look at and say ‘Oh, I’ve read that!’ (a definite sign to stay away)7.It’s set in Masada… and I don’t know about you, but I had no idea what Masada was. Maybe it’s my Titanic, I don’t know. But, going off of #1, I didn’t like it when I mentioned this to a friend and he said ‘Oh, when (view spoiler)[all the Jews killed themselves and their families rather than be captured by the Romans, what a massacre!! (hide spoiler)] and I was only about 200 pages into it and had already started to care for some of the characters and well, HATE IT when surprises are ruined. (run-on sentence, whatever…)and.. well (#1)So, yes, there were many challenges to face reading this book. I’m not even sure why it was on my To-Read list… it’s not like any of you suggested it to me. Or, I think I might have run across this ditty at some point because I had a déjà vu type moment when I read it:“For those who say that the Witch of Moab never loved anyone, that she was selfish, concerned with her own fate alone, I can only say that she was ruined by love and delivered by it and that she left something glorious to the word, a child who loves to stand in the rain.”Okay, yes, you’ve written it off as a chick lit book. I get it. I would too based on that.. which is, by the way, on the last page of the novel and couldn’t have ruined my opinion of the story no how. This book is elegant. That’s probably the highest praise that I can bestow right now. I crave to be elegant. I am clumsy and messy and blabber and start sentences with ‘and’ and disregard all my 7th grade English teacher, Mrs. Van Houten, taught me about punctuation. The story is based on actual events, you can even see some of the items mentioned in it at museums and such. But, what Hoffman has done has created characters around this story. The lives of four Dovekeepers and the people who surround them. She presents them to you in such a way that you actually feel like you were handling doves (that is, if you liked them… and c’mon… too many weddings show that the cliché is true.) The women are capable and graceful and intelligent. They have a quiet strength and live with many ghosts. They have all come to Masada for different reasons and fate leads them to one another and we hear each of their stories in their own voice. The Assassin’s Daughter. The Baker’s Wife. The Warrior’s Beloved. The Witch of Moab. Hoffman’s writing style was simple, short sentences. Statements, rather. But, beautifully written, so much so that I would find myself going back to the pages that I marked off to re-read passages. So much said in so little fashion.“I took my hand from his. He looked like ice, but ice is known to burn.”Or “ When the wind is so strong that we women know we will choke on the rising dust if we fail to tie our scarves across our faces, boys will always ignore the elements and race through storm clouds, dreaming of glory.”The first page of the book, before the map even, has this written on it: “Let my burden be your burden, and yours be mine.” Much better than that crap people recite from that wedding song. Life is hard. People die and people suffer and the most honorable thing you can do is help carry the weight.
The Dovekeepers TV Mini Series Mar , With Maia Laura Attard, Andr Agius, Jonas Armstrong, Diego Boneta Based in Alice Hoffman s historical novel about the Siege of Masada, the miniseries focuses on four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. The Dovekeepers A Novel The Dovekeepers tells the story of nine hundred Jews living on Masada in the desert, under siege by the Romans We see life in the mountain fortress through the eyes of four women all assigned to work in the dovecote Each arrives at Masada from a different path Each has a story, and a secret which eventually binds them all together. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman 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 C.E nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. The Dovekeepers Alice Hoffman 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 CE, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean, desert, Masada Only two women and five children survived. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, Paperback Barnes Noble Apr , An ambitious and mesmerizing novel from the bestselling author of Rules of Magic The Dovekeepers is striking.Hoffman grounds her expansive, intricately woven, and deepest new novel in biblical history, with a devotion and seriousness of purpose Entertainment Weekly. The Dovekeepers A Novel eBook Hoffman, Alice The Dovekeepers tells the story of nine hundred Jews living on Masada in the desert, under siege by the Romans We see life in the mountain fortress through the eyes of four women all assigned to work in the dovecote Each arrives at Masada from a different path Each has a story, and a secret which eventually binds them all together.