I did try to watch the mini series when it was on TV--but the one time I tried to turn on the TV it didn't work. Figures--turns out that my lovable little monster had been playing with the remote with her paws--by the time I figured out WHICH buttons I had to push to reset it--well I had missed the first part and that is when I decided to buy the book instead. I kept staring at it on my bedside table but had promised a bunch of authors that I would do their books--so yeah it took me a long time to get to it!
There was one sentence in this book that intrigued me--it went something like this--"it was almost as if the men were afraid what the women would be like if they were also warriors" (my paraphrasing). Now why did this particular sentence catch my complete attention? Well, I'll tell you--when I went back to college to get that Environmental Sci degree I still needed one English elective. I was a freshman and signed up for a SENIOR English course (American Authors)--The professor tried to tell me that it was for seniors but I told him not to worry--I did Ace that course and he ate his words!! Back to the reason I bring this up--at some point-and I have no idea or remembrance how the topic came up--but it was noted that Judaism goes by the maternal lineage (if the mother is Jewish--the child is Jewish)--yet it seems that women are not the head of households and it is the male members who actually determine what is allowed and what isn't (that's what they think!) etc. The professor said that WAY back when (before the history begins in this novel) it was actually the females who lead and the men who followed. Using brute strength the males took the power from the females and held them there forever more. One of these days I am going to delve far enough back in history to find out for sure.
This is the story of Masada which can be verified. The story inter woven about the 4 woman who lived through this time is fiction but I believe based on historical facts. How these 4 females come to be in Masada and how their lives inter twine will keep you mesmerized from the first page to the last. I won't say anymore----This author definitely did a lot of research in order to write this novel!! If you missed the mini series--get it and watch it--and read the book as well.
About the Book: (from the Author's website)
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 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. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman weaves a spellbinding tale of four extraordinary bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom comes 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 their own witness. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and 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 who they love.
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