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The Dovekeepers

'A major contribution to twenty-first-century literature' Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate and author of Beloved

In the year 70 CE, nine hundred Jews held out for months against the Roman army in ancient Israel. Only two women and five children survived.

Based on this tragic event, Alice Hoffman weaves a spellbinding story about the lives of four bold and remarkable women during desperate days of the siege of Masada, when supplies are dwindling and the Romans are drawing near.

Yael is the assassin's daughter, Revka's life has been torn apart by the Romans, Aziza has been raised as a warrior and Shirah is wise in the ways of ancient magic. All are dovekeepers, and all are keepers of secrets - about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman's masterpiece.

Praise for The Dovekeepers

'Hoffman is a writer of great perception and she captures with precision the complexity of the relationships between the women, their fear and guilt, their courage, their hunger for consolation and companionship' Guardian

'Fascinating . . . Hoffman's grasp of her subject compels respect' Helen Dunmore, The Times

'A book as monumental as its subject, magical, moving, quite beautifully written and probably Hoffman's best. A genuine masterpiece' Daily Mail

'I would share the incredible creative power and intense imagination of Alice Hoffman, whose novel The Dovekeepersshows just how far and deep historical fiction can go' Observer, 'What Will Be Under Your Tree This Christmas'
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Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The World That We Knew, 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.
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"In her remarkable new novel, Alice Hoffman holds a mirror to our ancient past as she explores the contemporary themes of sexual desire, women's solidarity in the face of strife, and the magic that's quietly present in our day-to-day living. Put The Dovekeepers at the pinnacle of Hoffman's extraordinary body of work. I was blown away." —Wally Lamb, author of The Hour I First Believed
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Seitenzahl 512 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 13.10.2011
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9780857205452
Verlag Simon + Schuster
Dateigröße 1011 KB
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The Dovekeepers
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Switzerland am 17.03.2013
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A great read! This is an amazing story of strength, courage and the ability to move forward through life no matter the odds. The beginning of the book left me in two minds as to my feeling about this title, but once I had reached "Revka's Story" I was totally captivated. A heart wrenching story about the brutality of wa... A great read! This is an amazing story of strength, courage and the ability to move forward through life no matter the odds. The beginning of the book left me in two minds as to my feeling about this title, but once I had reached "Revka's Story" I was totally captivated. A heart wrenching story about the brutality of war, the loyalty of the early believers to their leaders and faith, and the incredible strength of four different women to go their own way in a time when that was unacceptable. The selflessness of these women was inspiring, and did leave me shedding a tear or two. Set in the time of ancient Israel, we definitely get a good feel for the time and struggle these people had to deal with.