—The Daily Beast, “Hoffman’s prose is vivid and unforgettable, scorching like the desert heat, and will stay with you long after you finish the last page.” Unable to add item to List. Its nine gates were covered with silver and gold. —People, “Magisterial…an intricate literary tapestry interweaving history and compelling dramatic narrative.” The Dovekeepers is a two-part television adaptation based on the book of the same name by Alice Hoffman from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Disclaimer. Kathryn Prescott in “Finding Carter” on MTV, Why Leonard Nimoy’s Son Will Call Film ‘For The Love Of Spock’. Top Contributor: Historical Fiction Books, Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2017. The great Titus, military leader of all Judea, went on to construct four siege ramps. I was fascinated by the descriptions of the various Hebrew tribal customs, the deeply superstitious bias in religious laws, and the role of women in particular. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the horrifically brutal murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by their own witness. It roars when it speaks, it lies to you and convinces you, it steals from you and leaves you without a single word of comfort. —Observer (UK). I was taken from my mother’s womb, cut out with a sharp knife. I found no compelling reason to keep me reading and set it down at regular intervals. The book describes beautifully their customs, faith and experiences whilst suffering incredible hardships. —New York Magazine, “[The Dovekeepers] tells of the historic siege of Masada as only the bestselling author of Here on Earth and The Third Angel could…a page-turner.” I usually finish a book in two or three days, but this novel took me far longer. Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2016. This historically based novel should have held my attention from beginning to end given that I find the way of life and events of that period interesting. Not only were our people besieged by the Romans but they were at war with each other. As for me, I expected disaster, nothing more. People took note of that. Though the book centers on several main characters it still gives you a sense of what some lived with or through. magazine, “Spellbinding…Ancient times come to shimmering life in this superb novel.” The British actress is only 23 years old but has an impressive resume. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 5, 2020. My girlhood disappeared in the desert. This novel is a testament to the human spirit and to love rising from the ashes of war. Awesome epic, exceptionally researched and beautifully written. —Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate in Literature, “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. One of them is Aziza, who was raised as a boy. And although you think you know how it ends, you really don't. —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Ambitious…Sure to appeal to Hoffman’s core readership.” Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. The power and violence of these women is evident in every word of The Dovekeepers. The roads from Jerusalem led to only three places: to Rome, or to the sea, or to the desert. In return he took my whole hand into his mouth and ate me alive. We were nomads, leaving behind beds and belongings, rugs and brass pots. Hoffman is successful in bringing this era to life and I did feel immersed in the experiences of the women in this tale. I had dreamed of such creatures ever since I could remember. The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman's masterpiece. —The Washington Post, “[It’s] as if a wind has blown through and animated the lives on the page.” Now our house was the house of the desert, black at night, brutally white at noon. —The Guardian (UK), “The Dovekeepers is a book as monumental as its subject, magical, moving, quite beautifully written…A genuine masterpiece.” It was here that Jews from all over creation traveled to offer sacrifices before the holiest site, with thousands arriving at the time of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, all yearning to glimpse the gold walls of the dwelling place of God’s word. It's an enthralling tale that lingers in the mind. All are dovekeepers, and all are keepers of secrets - about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love. Copyright © 2020 Alice Hoffman. But now times of bloodshed were upon us once more. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. This story takes you on a journey of four women who escape their homeland due to an impending Roman invasion. The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. by 2Paragraphs in Culture | March 31, 2015, Kathryn Prescott as Aziza on "The Dovekeepers", The TV mini-series The Dovekeepers is based on Alice Hoffman’s bestselling historical novel about three women who were forced out of Jerusalem by the Romans and kept in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Something went wrong. People gave testimony against their own neighbors; they stole from each other and locked their doors to those in need. —Knoxville News-Sentinel, “Beautiful, intriguing and compelling…” Please try again. I had known its embrace before I had breath or sight. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Perhaps because we knew we couldn’t win against their might we turned on each other, riven by petty jealousies, split apart by treachery, our lives a dark tangle of fear. The desire for Jerusalem was a fire that could not be quenched. So if you liked that ... the first page is electric with writing that makes every single word count. The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s masterpiece. There, in the most holy of places, was the Ark that stored our people’s covenant with God, a chest made of the finest acacia wood, decorated with two golden cherubs. And how women carried the burden of being women, feeling one way but having to act in another.

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