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The Dovekeepers

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

39 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

Wonderfully Written, Worth Re-reading

When I read a book like The Dovekeepers, I find myself at a loss when trying to review it. I don't feel that my words can do justice to the story and wonderful writing that Alice Hoffman brings to this novel. I scrambled to read this novel at the last minute, and even h...
When I read a book like The Dovekeepers, I find myself at a loss when trying to review it. I don't feel that my words can do justice to the story and wonderful writing that Alice Hoffman brings to this novel. I scrambled to read this novel at the last minute, and even having read it for free, I know it will be a book that I will go out and purchase to read once more, and make everyone I know read it also. The story tells the separate but intertwined stories of four women during the Roman occupation of Jerusalem. That these women survive, and break rules (religious laws), and love in their unexpected ways during this time period is amazing, and not always so different from some of the struggles that women in parts of the world live now. Not having known the story of Masada, I am curious to learn more, and then re-read The Dovekeepers, I feel if I have a better grasp of the history behind the fiction, that I may enjoy the novel more, if that is even possible. I think that this is by far the best book I have read in the past year, and will be telling as many people as I can to pick this one up.

ARC Reviewed by Gabi for Book Sake.

posted by BookSake on October 13, 2011

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11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Heavy, historical fiction

There is certainly a good story here, but be ready to accept the fact that it is almost always depressing in tone. The novel succeeds in creating a believable fictional story from a factual event from ancient Hebrew history and making the harsh realities (particularly t...
There is certainly a good story here, but be ready to accept the fact that it is almost always depressing in tone. The novel succeeds in creating a believable fictional story from a factual event from ancient Hebrew history and making the harsh realities (particularly the misogyny) of living in those times come alive for the reader. The mix of superstition, religious practices, and culture/customs of the time are woven into the plot and help one to understand the behaviors of the various characters. While I found this interesting, I made sure to pick out a much lighter read as a follow up.

posted by JustMyTwoCents on October 24, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2015

    Disappointed

    After 44 pages I quit reading this book. The sexual content was unappreciated and unnecessary in a Christian/Biblical book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    I feel like this was a waste of time. The beginning interested m

    I feel like this was a waste of time. The beginning interested me but it became so boring and repetitive.
    It was depressing and just confusing. There was also some weirdness involved. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
     I would give it a 0 rating if I could.It's not even worth one reading.Just ugh. Disappointing 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Exhausting read

    One of those extremely rare times when i just give up on a book. The first section about the assasins daughter is just tedious, repetative, and morose. The descriptive passages oveerpower the plot and one reads on and on wishing for some dialogue, some story, something to encourage you to stick with this story. Just dismal.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    Not her best work

    I hate to disagree with the other reviews but I do not like this book. It is very slow moving and quite depressing. I have only gotten half way through and had to stop reading. It got boaring after a while because every womens story seems to be the same. I loved her other books so thought this would be a good read, not so. Too wordy.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2015

    Boring!

    Could not get into the story it was supposed to tell. Dud not get half read and gave up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    snore.

    I am fatigued with 'great' writers being raved about... this was plodding, overly ambitious and frankly dulldulldull

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    Do Not Recommend

    Too wordy....found myself nodding off when trying to read it! I am a voracious reader....love all kinds of genres.....but this book I simply gave up on at about page 250.

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