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The Dovekeepers

A Novel
Hoffman, Alice (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A tale inspired by the tragic first-century massacre of hundreds of Jewish people at Masada presents the stories of a hated daughter, a baker's wife, a girl disguised as a warrior, and a medicine woman who keep doves and secrets while Roman soldiers draw near.
Authors: Hoffman, Alice
Title: The dovekeepers
a novel
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
Characteristics: 504 p. :,map ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Alice Hoffman
Summary: A tale inspired by the tragic first-century massacre of hundreds of Jewish people at Masada presents the stories of a hated daughter, a baker's wife, a girl disguised as a warrior, and a medicine woman who keep doves and secrets while Roman soldiers draw near.
Alternate Title: Dove keepers
ISBN: 9781451617474
145161747X
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOFFMAN 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 504)
Subject Headings: Women Israel Fiction Masada Site (Israel) Siege, 72-73 Fiction Identity (Psychology) Fiction Man-woman relationships Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Historical fiction
Love stories
Topical Term: Women
Identity (Psychology)
Man-woman relationships
LCCN: 2011018099
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A tale inspired by the tragic first-century massacre of hundreds of Jewish people at Masada.

A tale inspired by the tragic first-century massacre of hundreds of Jewish people at Masada presents the stories of a hated daughter, a baker's wife, a girl disguised as a warrior, and a medicine woman who keep doves and secrets while Roman soldiers draw near.


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Aug 17, 2014
  • DorisWaggoner rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The story itself fascinates me; I like historical fiction, and I know some about what happened at Masada. Clearly Hoffman had done her background research. Doing a story with four different 1st person segments is risky, because the reader must always be able to tell who's "speaking." I always knew when Yael was speaking, since she came first. After that, it was harder to tell who was who, though their stories were compelling. Each woman was fictional, though could have been real, if you want to accept the magic, as people did at that time. As I neared the end of the book, I read an archaeology article on Masada saying that current research indicates the group had plenty of food and weapons. They probably couldn't have held out forever against the Romans, since their weapons weren't as good as the Romans', but their choice of of mass suicide at the time they did was a choice, and definitely not the massacre SPL's "description" says it was. Josephus, the Jewish historian turned Roman apostate, who's the only written source on Masada, calls it suicide, and the archaeology supports that. He says a very small handful of women and children survived, and I finished the book primarily because I wanted to know which ones Hoffman would pick.

Aug 02, 2014
  • johncruse rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A sad and tragic story retold with a lot of weird BS. Some of the characters could perform acts of magic. Really?
No. They were not perfect but they were devout and dedicated to Adoni.

The tragic story of what actually happened at Masada over two thousand years ago is only part of the drama of this story. Hoffman draws the reader into the lives and relationships of four women, Yael, whose mother died in childbirth; Revka a bakers wife; Aziza, raised as a boy; and Shirah, a mystic and wise woman who is involved with one of the leaders of Masada. Through the stories of these women the reader is provided with a vivid, personal and very human account of the people’s lives and deaths at Masada. For historical fiction readers interested in the mystical.

May 20, 2014
  • MaryMaryJ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A beautifully written book filled with raw fact, emotion and tenderness. Fantastic read. Absolutley loved it. Well done to Hoffman.

Jan 04, 2014
  • ScottFamily rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I have never read anything by Hoffman before and I'm in love with her style.

With all the details in this book, I can appreciate why it took over 5 years to write.

Sep 06, 2013
  • srumfeldt rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Unusual book--really four books. Women would probably enjoy this book since it details the lives of four women of the Jewish religion before Christ had appeared on the scene. Alice Hoffman, the writer, had a vivid imagination.

could not finish. truth be told could not really start! got to 10 pages. gave up. silly. unoriginal. pablum.

Jun 14, 2013
  • mratzel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book....exciting story and the history comes alive in the way Hoffman tells this story of several women who lived at Masada at the time of the Roman Legion attack.

Jun 06, 2013
  • pattyloucor67 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I have ever read.

had to return before I could finish and intend to try again , although I found some it tedious to read. but I do love to find out how people lived in other centuries and this book is interesting in that it relates to a period where women were treated very differently. so Ill have it on hold and post again

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Jul 30, 2014
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