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The Song of Hannah: A Novel
     

The Song of Hannah: A Novel

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by Eva Etzioni-Halevy
 

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In the tradition of the international bestseller The Red Tent comes a beautiful, sexy novel featuring Hannah, one of the most well-known and beloved heroines of the Old Testament.

Hannah and Pninah, once close childhood friends, become rivals for the attention of Elkanah, the man who has married them both. Pninah, passionate and independent, easily

Overview

In the tradition of the international bestseller The Red Tent comes a beautiful, sexy novel featuring Hannah, one of the most well-known and beloved heroines of the Old Testament.

Hannah and Pninah, once close childhood friends, become rivals for the attention of Elkanah, the man who has married them both. Pninah, passionate and independent, easily bears Elkanah many children, but bitter that he has taken her friend as a second wife, seeks fulfillment with her own secret lover. Hannah, the epitome of goodness and grace, remains completely devoted to her husband, but remains childless for many years, until a promise to God brings her the son she has yearned for.

Despite their differences, these two women must learn to live together, protecting their own interests as well as each other’s, while sharing not only the love of their husband, but that of Hannah’s son Samuel, who will become one of the great prophets of the Jewish people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440649479
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/30/2005
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
723,638
File size:
383 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Eva Etzioni-Halevy is professor emeritus of political sociology at Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv. This is her first novel.

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Song of Hannah 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
Hannah and Pninah are childhood friends. Pninah meets and falls in love with Elkanah and they decide to get married. At the wedding, Hannah and Elkanah who are seeing each other for the first time, have an instant attraction, so after a time Elkanah takes Hannah as his second wife. This seems to end the lifelong friendship of the two woman, Pninah can not believe that her closest friend would become involved with her husband. Pninah has no problem bearing children, but Hannah is just the opposite. After trying for years, she goes to the temple and begs God to give her a child. She also says that if she has a son, she will give him as a sacrifice. Shortly after she becomes pregnant, she delivers a son she names Samuel, and when he is 3 years of age she takes him to be raised at the temple. The rest of the story is about the years following. When I first started reading I thought the book would be Hannah telling the story, but the chapters alternated from Hannah to Pninah. I really enjoyed this book, it kept me eager to find out what was going to happen next. I've read many reviews from people who did not like The Song Of Hannah because of some of the relationships these people had, and I agree some of the book was to graphic, but you have to remember that this is a work of fiction about non fictional people. Some of it is factual events from the Bible, the rest is from the mind of the author. I liked this book and plan on reading more from the author.
LaurenK More than 1 year ago
The Song of Hannah is the second book I have read and reviewed by Eva Etzioni-Halevy. Again, I was enthralled and not disappointed. As a fan of the genre of Biblical fiction, must be the Catholic school, I find Eva's novels to be at the top of the class. Her knowledge of the time period is impressive and her characters are as heartfelt as her words. The double narration found in the text between both Hannah and Pinnah, keeps the story fresh and flowing smoothly. By seeing both women's perspective on matters, the reader is able to see the story through different eyes and gain new insight. The Song of Hannah is the story of a love triangle involving childhood friends Hannah and Pinnah, both strikingly beautiful, the two both end up becoming the wives of the powerful and handsome Elkanah. The strife between the two one time friends becomes apparent as the story unfolds and they vie for the attention of the man they both love. This becomes particularly strenuous for Hannah when Pinnah is able to bear many children and Hannah remains barren. The bitterness grows between the two as Hannah craves children and Pinnah clearly emerges as Elkanah's favorite in the bedroom. Finally, Hannah gives birth to Samuel, who is to become one of the greatest prophets of Israel. As time continues on, more is revealed about Pinnah then Hannah, even though Hannah still speaks through her chapters, the story shifts focus to Pinnah. Pinnah becomes promiscuous and falls in love with another man, a Canaanite, whom she sneaks away to visit often. Her secret is discovered by Hannah and surprisingly Hannah protects Pinnah. Samuel the prophet grows up to be a fine young man who also falls in love with Pinnah and this affection is slightly discovered by Elkanah, then quickly hidden away. The character of Elkanah is not really expanded upon, other then being portrayed as the classic Biblical patriarchal figure. His relationship with the two women are each different, yet very much entwined considering that they all live under the same roof. As the years go on, the relationship between Hannah and Pinnah improves as Israel changes and their lives do too. The women are lucky to have each other, even if they do not realize it. This book really showcases the evolution of both a friendship and two very different women's lives. The writing style, poignant historical references, and relatable characters truly make Eva Etzioni-Halevy a master with words and imagery. The characters lives and settings become the readers own. There is an abundance of detail, yet the description is not overdone. The Song of Hannah is a fast, enjoyable read for fans of Biblical fiction and new readers alike. I also suggest that readers check out The Triumph of Deborah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy which is another excellent novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great.I came to love the characters very much that when I finshed the book I was sad. I hope to read books like this in the futer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dear Ms. Etzioni-Halevy, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed both your books on the lives of Hannah, Pninah, Osnath, and Ruth. Currently, I have a niece who was diagnosed with Ewing cancer. She is 16. I just lent my sister and her the books as an inspiration. The women in your novels are not only biblical women, but strong heroines who reach out of their books to empower their readers and leave them yearning for more. Thank you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this book was amazing. After reading books like 'The Red Tent' I didn't think I was going to find another book that could compare but I have. This book was such a joy that I could hardly put it down. And just when you thought it wasn't getting any better, Part 4: Samuel's Torment blew my mind. Overall I thought this book was amazing. It has opened my eyes to imagination, love, reality and believing in what you know to be true within your heart. Great read... One of my favorites :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. The story of Hannah and Pninah, two wives of Elkanah. Hannah is the mother of the the prophet Samuel. This book is objectional to me the way it goes on and on with sexual situations, that are too profound, and take away from the story , not enhance it. I can do without the too in depth sex. When I read a historical Biblical story, I dnt want to see that. There are a couple of grammatical errors that can be overlooked and do not take away from the text. If not for the deeply objectionabke sexual situations, I would give a five star review. I may or may not read more by this author.
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This new novel, the first of several planned or in the works, by Eva Etzioni-Halevy is a wonderful, easy read. Although set in Biblical times, the situations facing the protagonists and antagonists in this work seem almost contemporary. The author manages to convey the erudition, wit and beauty of her characters without resorting to heavy, pedantic language and abstract concepts. The culture, customs and history of the era come alive, as do the historic figures we usually meet only in the Old Testament. Although barely finished with reading this work, this reviewer is already recommending it as a future selection for her Hadassah chapter book club. If we are lucky,we may be able to discuss the work with the author herself, who plans a US promotional tour this fall. Happy reading!