The Song of Hannah: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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...
See more details below
The Song of Hannah: A Novel

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$7.99
BN.com price

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.


Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440649479
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/30/2005
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 353,339
  • File size: 374 KB

Meet the Author

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

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 17 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(6)

4 Star

(8)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(2)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 – 19 of 17 Customer Reviews
  • Posted October 8, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Great Read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 2, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    The Song of Hannah-By Eva Etzioni-Halevy

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2007

    Life Changing Novels

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2005

    INCREDIBLE READ!! :)

    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 :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Hannah

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2005

    A Romance By Another Name

    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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 – 19 of 17 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)