Tuesday, February 8, 2011

For Literature the eleventh grade just finished an inspiring and astonishing book called the The Red Tent. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant is the story of Dinah, who is mentioned superficially in the bible. Anita Diamant weaves a realistic, historical yet fictional tale of how it was like to live in those times. Trapped in the world of men, Dinah struggles to find her way bringing in universal ideals of acceptance, power, betrayal, lust, greed, love, and forgiveness. You discover how prevalent the relationships between the females during those times and how they do their part in forming Dinah’s identity. This book thoroughly portrays Dinah’s perspective throughout her life which consists of so much more than her infamous tragedy. You come to love her as you see this young women make a stand in her society, overcome tragedy, rise up in overwhelming strength; becoming so much more than her mothers. She inspires, becomes a powerful healer, brings life into her community, and finally reaches a place where she can find forgiveness and a will to love again. Peering through her world through the window of her thoughts, hopes, dreams, and pain, we begin to discover the power in the world she lives in. We see the pain, the fear, and the small victories that drive her and those around her to keep living on in a world where life is intertwined with death. Full of undeniable wisdom, meaning, and shocking realities, the brilliance of this book will make it one you never forget. 

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