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!!> Reading ➶ The Dovekeepers ➮ Author Alice Hoffman – Bogou.us

The DovekeepersAn Ambitious And Mesmerizing Novel From The Bestselling Author Of Rules Of Magic The Dovekeepers Is StrikingHoffman Grounds Her Expansive, Intricately Woven, And Deepest New Novel In Biblical History, With A Devotion And Seriousness Of Purpose Entertainment WeeklyNearly Two Thousand Years Ago, Nine Hundred Jews Held Out For Months Against Armies Of Romans On Masada, A Mountain In The Judean Desert According To The Ancient Historian Josephus, Two Women And Five Children Survived Based On This Tragic And Iconic Event, Hoffman S Novel Is A Spellbinding Tale Of Four Extraordinarily Bold, Resourceful, And Sensuous Women, Each Of Whom Has Come To Masada By A Different Path Yael S Mother Died In Childbirth, And Her Father, An Expert Assassin, Never Forgave Her For That Death Revka, A Village Baker S Wife, Watched The Murder Of Her Daughter By Roman Soldiers She Brings To Masada Her Young Grandsons, Rendered Mute By What They Have Witnessed Aziza Is A Warrior S Daughter, Raised As A Boy, A Fearless Rider And Expert Marksman Who Finds Passion With A Fellow Soldier Shirah, Born In Alexandria, Is Wise In The Ways Of Ancient Magic And Medicine, A Woman With Uncanny Insight And PowerThe Lives Of These Four Complex And Fiercely Independent Women Intersect In The Desperate Days Of The Siege All Are Dovekeepers, And All Are Also Keeping Secrets About Who They Are, Where They Come From, Who Fathered Them, And Whom They Love

!!> Reading ➶ The Dovekeepers ➮ Author Alice Hoffman – Bogou.us
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  • The Dovekeepers
  • Alice Hoffman
  • English
  • 14 September 2019
  • 9781442344563

    10 thoughts on “!!> Reading ➶ The Dovekeepers ➮ Author Alice Hoffman – Bogou.us


  1. says:

    There are many reasons why I wouldn t like this book 1 I hate feeling dumb.2 It s set in Ancient Israel, 70 C.E to be exact, and the fact that I had to ask what C.E meant being a child of B.C and A.D did not go over well Refer to 1 3 It s set in Ancient Israel and I, shamefully, have absolutely no clue what happened back then I mean besides the Last Temptation of Christ and bible stories that I kind of sort of remember 1 4 The author also wrote Practical Magic, which I have not read but I have seen the movie and besides it being pretty damn awful, I got a serious complex having to look at Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock slink around in little black dresses AND she s also a favorite of Oprah which causes controversy on its own level that I don t care to go into but still am squeamish about 5 Hype Wasn t it one of the books nominated for a GR Book of the Year 6 It s a book that one of my co workers would look at and say Oh, I ve read that a definite sign to stay away 7.It s set in Masada and I don t know about you, but I had no idea what Masada was Maybe it s my Titanic, I don t know But, going off of 1, I didn t like it when I mentioned this to a friend and he said Oh, when view spoiler all the Jews killed themselves and their families rather than be captured by the Romans, what a massacre hide spoiler


  2. says:

    Never before has a book entranced me the way The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman has I ve literally just finished reading this book and I can t get my mind to settle down It s almost as if I ve ran a race, my adrenaline is pumping and my heart beating a mile a minute, scenes from the book keep going around and around in my head My urgent need to tell everyone about this beautifully haunting book is taking over all other thoughts, so I need to get this review out before I explode Alice Hoffman is the author of Practical Magic and The Red Garden, plus many, many other novels but The Dovekeepers is her first historical fiction work Hoffman was inspired by a trip to Jerusalem, when she visited a place called Masada, a fortress built by Herod the Great that is situated on top of a large mountain, where a group of nine hundred Jews in the first century CE, who had fled their homelands from the invading Romans converged together to escape the slaughter of their people.The Dovekeepers is the story of four women Aziza, the girl warrior Shirah, the Witch of Moab Yael, the lioness and Revka, the revenging mother who came to Masada after their homes and towns were destroyed, each arriving a completely different woman than who they had been before the invasion They tell the stories of their own life, prior to and including their time in Masada, up to that fateful day and each story is haunting and profound than the next Hoffman s writing is among the most exquisite I have ever read She has expertly woven a tale of tragedy and hope, hate and love, magic and human nature and I was mesmerized by every word This book should come with a warning as it has the power to thoroughly enthrall a reader, causing them to block out the world around them completely My household chores were abandoned, husband and child ignored, I was just absorbed into the pages of this novel that everything else took a backseat to the fascinating story enfolding in front of me I cried when I finished the novel, not only because of the sad fate of the people of Masada, but because I will miss these four bold and unyielding women I will carry their story in my heart forever.


  3. says:

    We were no different from the doves above us We could not speak or cry, but when there was no choice we discovered we could fly It you want a reason, take this We yearned for our portion of the sky Masada, the word summons up images, war, Romans, Zealots, slaughter, mass suicide A place of national pride for some, historical and archaeological controversy for many, a bit of Python mockery to others On visiting the place itself Alice Hoffman was inspired to wonder about the experience of the women who had lived and died there The result is The Dovekeepers She uses the writings of Jewish historian Flavius Josephus as the foundation for her tale The Monty Python crew used Josephus s writings as well, for a very different purpose, in Life of Brian The four primary characters meet at Masada, where they are assigned to care for the doves There are those who might consider this a hardship post, regarding doves as dirty, disgusting, filthy, and lice ridden, or as rats with wings, but they are also a source of fertilizer, meat, eggs, and maybe a bit of hope No one is designated as the concierge Alice HoffmanThe four are Yael, Revka, Aziza, and Shirah Yael is notable for, among other things, her coloring Her father, Yosef bar Elhanan, is a notorious assassin, a member of the Sicarii , a blade minded branch of the Zealot movement They do unpleasant things to Jews who collaborate with the occupying Romans He was known not only for his effectiveness with sharp objects, but for his talent at going unnoticed He did notice, however, that his wife died giving birth to their second child, Yael, and, possessing a mind and heart not nearly as honed as his weapons, he blames her Thanks, Pop All the while I was growing up I wondered what it might be like to have a father who wouldn t turn away from the sight of me, one who told me I was beautiful, even though my hair flamed a strange red color and my skin was sprinkled with earth toned flecks as though I d been splattered with mud I d heard my father say to another man that these marks were specks of my mother s blood Their relationship is, shall we say, strained Big brother, Amram, however, is the apple of papa s eye, I know, shocking even follows him into the family business That business involves doing in a Roman general, which gains them the attention of the occupying force and the family is forced to beat a hasty exodus from Jerusalem They team up with another Sicarii family, headed by Jachim ben Simon Things get complicated They all endure a trial by heat, sand and misery on their trek, offering witness to others tales of sundry Roman atrocities as well It is a road of self discovery for Yael, and she arrives at Masada much changed from who she was when she had set out.Rachel Broshahan as Yael from CBSRevka had a nice family Hubby was a baker Her daughter was married to a nice studious young man They had two boys Romans sacked their town, murdering Revka s husband while slaughtering anyone within reach Revka is forced to become a refugee Further atrocities are visited on her family While she gets a measure of revenge on the latest evil doers, she darkens her own soul Her grandchildren have become mute and her nice young man of a son in law has become a psycho warrior Aziza and her mother were sexually assaulted when Aziza was still a child Mom decided to raise her as a boy to reduce the likelihood of that happening again She becomes a bad ass warrior Her brother not so much There is a scene that could have been pulled from Robin Hood in which Aziza demonstrates her proficiency with a bow and arrow Also gawjuss Think Xena, at least I did you sprouts out there might conjure Katniss Kathryn Prescott as Aziza from CBSLast and definitely not least is Shirah A witchy sort, with a book of magic spells, great hair and ravishing beauty She comes from a line of women in a particular line of work, but her mother sent her away from their home in Alexandria when she was young, as an anti them pogrom was going on, to stay with relations in Jerusalem Things do not go well for her there She meets The One, but there is a mess with him being already married, and not up to standing up to his parents, and her being, oh, twelve She later finds someone with whom to share a home, pops out a few progeny, but is now a single mom in Masada, doing the odd spell to help female residents with this and that, and still looking up to the goddess Ashtoreth for her main religious sustenance But what s the deal with her and the hunky head of the Masada warriors, Eleazar Ben Ya ir And what s up with his seriously creepy wife Cote de Pablo as Shirah from CBSSo that s the four We know you know, right that things do not go well for the residents of Club Masada The story is in tracking the progress of the place s demise and how the four got there, and how they cope with the stresses that are steadily building We are also given a bit of a tour, and get a sense of place beyond the stick figure general notion.Hoffman definitely has an inclination towards incorporating history into her work, whether of the maritime sort in Blackbird House or a bit of Transcendentalism in The Red Garden She is also fond of incorporating dollops of magic into her tales, sometimes than a little She usually tells tales of women who are forced to cope with challenging circumstances And she is quite fond of fairy tales It will come as no shock that this novel is very much in keeping with her previous work What makes it different is its ambition, scope, and length It is not a huge book, at 500 pages or so, but is bulkier than her previous work.First, and probably most important, it is an engaging read Her main characters are interesting, all strong in their way, and worth finding out about The story moves along at a decent pace, most of the time Place is of obviously central import and is given star treatment I would not say that you could matter transmit yourself to the fort and know your way around, but you might see places that look familiar and wonder how you knew about them Hoffman mixes martial material of different flavors, blending some warriors in combat with the appalling laying waste of defenseless civilians by armed sorts from both sides There is romantic entanglement aplenty, but my guy genes did not feel much inclination to generate spew It all worked pretty well She may have overdone it a bit with her imagery, IMHO Yael, in particular, is associated with, among other things, a Flaming Tree image Red hair, get it There are other bits of significance associated with this, but it seemed to me that it was popping up like one of those birthday candles that won t go out Yael is also associated with lions, in various guises, a love interest, an encounter with a feline or two in the desert, a kittie held captive by the occupying army As a host to six of the creatures, I know that, however much we may love and be fascinated by them, sometimes you need to step back a bit Maybe it is just that in a longer book there are mentions than one is used to from Hoffman, who knows her way around imagery I do not recall feeling bugged by other such strands Watch for image streams relating to serpents and boids, sorry, birds I am from Brooklyn, after all Hoffman associates some elemental aspects with her characters, which seemed very fairy tale ish and ok Shirah is associated with water, for example, and that aspect was used in moderation and worked quite well Magic most definitely plays a part here Spells are cast and have the expected impact Of course some of what works is an expert s knowledge of science, and that seems like magic at times It is suggested that one character s cloak has a feature may make it a likely ancestor of a similar garment used in Hogwarts One expects magic in AH s novels This is all good For her historical basis, Hoffman relies on the writings of Flavius Josephus Here we get into a bit of controversy The tale of mass suicide that is Masada appears not to have a particularly strong foundation in archaeological research It was fluffed at a time when it served well as a symbol of Israeli determination and nationhood Evidence that proves that the events Josephus describes actually occurred is less than entirely persuasive While there are certainly elements of Josephus s tale that have a basis in reality, others might constitute a bit of playing to his audience We all have our national myths Think George Washington and the Cherry Tree, Paul Revere s ride, WMDs in Iraq I do not fault Hoffman for centering her tale around a historical event that is less than universally accepted Myth is what she does And she has done an outstanding job with this one Whether one sees the source material as ancient history or a mythologization of a less exceptional reality, the story she spins around that core is a compelling one I have only read a handful of Alice Hoffman s adult books, so cannot claim a deep knowledge of her oeuvre But I would put my shekels on The Dovekeepers being the crowning achievement of her career One might say it is the feather in her literary cap I wouldn t, but some might Review posted 3 28 15Pub Date 10 4 11This review is also posted at Cootsreviews.com EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal and FB pagesHere is a reading guide from Hoffman s siteThe CBS mini series is due any day now The series makes do with three of the four primary characters, sorry Revka and Josephus is not a character in the book Oy, there are so many unfamiliar words used in this story that it would be a useful thing to have kept track of them Sorry, kids, I did not However, AH does collect some of those in a glossary on her site It is not comprehensive, though There are plenty in the book.A documentary that looks at the historical event Time Travellers Myth of MasadaHere is a nifty site if you are interested in this particular sort of boid birdA couple of songs that seem, vaguely, suitable Yes, yes, I know the title of the song is Edge of Seventeen, but I imagine most of us think of it as The White Winged Dove A favorite from a non Jewish PrinceAnd then there is Monty Python, noted at the top Here is a site that not only links to the infamous Python suicide scene from Life of Brian, but offers a look at a scene, cut from the film, that had been intended to set it up.Other Hoffman books I have reviewed Local Girls Green Angel Blackbird House The Ice Queen The Red Garden The Rules of Magic


  4. says:

    The Dovekeepers on its surface sounds like it has the potential to be incredibly moving, and I had high hopes Yet I found the reading to be of an exercise in frustration and perseverance The frustration is largely the result of the book s lack of development, which might sound weird to say about a 500 page novel It is described on its cover as a story of the siege of Masada, but fans of historical fiction will be sadly disappointed the historical context is woefully underdeveloped It happens on the fringes of the women s lives Fans of fantasy will find the development of the magic weak I wondered why Hoffman decided to include the magical aspect if she wasn t going to fully commit to it Finally, fans of strong women protagonists will be seriously pissed off by how flat and unidimensional most of the women come off as Which brings me to perseverance The first section of the novel feels like you are trapped in wandering the dessert with the characters, and not it a oh the description is so vivid I feel like I m there way but in a dear god when will this end way I would have given up if I didn t have to finish this for my book club I wish I could say that the story picks up, but for me it continued to be really uneven with section that bogged down the story.


  5. says:

    The Good Stuff I wish I had the words to express how wonderful this book is I will be honest if Simon and Schuster hadn t sent it to me for review, I probably wouldn t have picked it up and let me tell you that would have been a shame This book is haunting and sad but yet so full of hope and of the resilience of the human spirit Beautiful raw and honest story and just so god damned emotional to read Exceptionally real and strong female characters History written so it comes alive and you learn so much without feeling like you are getting a history lesson The faults flaws of the characters are not hidden and you see how they change and grow over the course of the story Emotionally raw by the end of the story and had to go hug my children before I could go to bed Obviously thoroughly researched and you feel the authors passion for the subject matter as it never comes across as dull I would be shocked if this doesn t get made into a movie or a mini series Further Reading at the end of the book is appreciated for those like me who will want to find out of the history Very wise and thought provoking A wonderful book for various discussions about faith, forgiveness, compassion, woman s rights etc Why are you still reading my review get thee to a book store now and buy it hello what are you waiting forThe Not so Good Stuff Could have been perfect with a some stronger editing There is some obvious repetition that should have been caught and it would have made it a truly brilliant novel I was forced to stay up till a 1am to finish this and the last 15 pages or so I could barely read with the tears falling down Alice you owe me some coffee and Kleenex an apology to my kids for mommy being cranky from lack of sleepFavorite Quotes Passages Try as she might to keep him a child, Shirah s son was already straining to be a man She called out cautions, but Adir hurried to the garrison, determined to be among the men he admired When the wind is so strong that we women know we will choke on the rising dust if we fail to tie our scarves across our faces, boys will always ignore the elements and race through storm clouds, dreaming of glory Even a witch can t stop her son from becoming a warrior There is no spell great enough for that It was sometimes easier to be with a stranger from whom nothing was expected and to whom nothing was granted in return They embraced the feminine aspect of God, the Dwelling the deep place where inspiration abided, for in the written words of God, compassion and knowledge were always female The desire for Jerusalem was a fire that could not be quenched There was a spark inside the holiest of holy places that made people want to possess it, and what men yearn for they often destroy What I Learned Man it really sucked to be a women in ancient times, we are so lucky in this day and age to be treated, for the most part, as the equals that we are still so far to go Now I really already know this, but lets just put this out again the persecution of Jews over and over again just completely baffles me They truly are one of the most formidable, strong and resilient race the world has ever seen Tons of fascinating information about 70 75 CE Who should shouldn t read Will be buying a copy for my niece, sister and sister in laws for Christmas because I don t want to lend them MY copy and risk the chance of one of them misplacing it LOL Those who enjoy a nice light read, would probably not want to pick one up It is quite intense and detailed Thinking those of Roman descent might be a little put off A must have for public libraries4.75 Dewey sI received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review thank you for once again breaking me out of my comfort zone and introducing me to something so spectacular


  6. says:

    Alice Hoffman will teach the reader about an event which most of us know nothing about this is a factual story with fictional characters interwoven Four women who are refugees at Masada over 2000 years ago Hoffman tells their story will you listen this is where they worked a dovecote at Masada this is where they lived the fortress at MasadaA colossal triumph Hoffman shines in this endeavour which took her five years to write Interesting Hell, yeah This story, the fact and the fiction, will linger with me for a long time Thank you Alice Hoffman Most Highly Recommended 5


  7. says:

    For fans of Alice Hoffman this book is a mixture of the new and the familiar Devotees will recognize the strong women with unusual, even magical abilities What s new is the historical setting and time the fortress of Masada in the year 70 CE Also, Hoffman s language struck me as different in this book I think whether or not readers like this book will hinge on their reaction to the language Hoffman uses to recreate the world of her women I loved the level of detail I felt the sea salt in my hair, the rocks pricking my bare feet, the sun beating mercilessly on my head I tasted the saltiness of the olive crop I realized how central religious beliefs were to how the women lived their daily lives, and how gender affected their choices I understood when they chose to break the rules and empathized at the price they paid One of the themes of this story is the value of words their meaning and use are important to the characters Words are cited as the first thing created by God Hoffman uses this novel to give words to the women of the time, to let their voices be heard Words can be spoken or written This book did for me what I love about books it used the written word to create a world for me as real as the one I m living in now.


  8. says:

    An exceptional read This is a masterpiece, a wonderful, mesmerizing book about the lives of four strong Jewish women, each with different backgrounds, powerful personalities, and distinct stories of there own Their histories collided when destiny circumstances found them living at the Jewish stronghold, Masada, during the last and final siege by the Romans According to the historian, Josephus, two of these women and five children survived the horrendous event I agree with Janet, a goodreads reviewer who said the following Words can be spoken or written This book did for me what I love about books it used the written word to create a world for me as real as the one I m living in now.On Oct 03, 2011, Another goodreads reviewer, Jennifer Rayment, wrote such an excellent review that I am quoting it in entirety here The Good Stuff I wish I had the words to express how wonderful this book is I will be honest if Simon and Schuster hadn t sent it to me for review, I probably wouldn t have picked it up and let me tell you that would have been a shame This book is haunting and sad but yet so full of hope and of the resilience of the human spirit Beautiful raw and honest story and just so god damned emotional to read Exceptionally real and strong female characters History written so it comes alive and you learn so much without feeling like you are getting a history lesson The faults flaws of the characters are not hidden and you see how they change and grow over the course of the story Emotionally raw by the end of the story and had to go hug my children before I could go to bed Obviously thoroughly researched and you feel the authors passion for the subject matter as it never comes across as dull I would be shocked if this doesn t get made into a movie or a mini series Further Reading at the end of the book is appreciated for those like me who will want to find out of the history Very wise and thought provoking A wonderful book for various discussions about faith, forgiveness, compassion, woman s rights etc Why are you still reading my review get thee to a book store now and buy it hello what are you waiting forThe Not so Good Stuff Could have been perfect with a some stronger editing There is some obvious repetition that should have been caught and it would have made it a truly brilliant novel I was forced to stay up till a 1am to finish this and the last 15 pages or so I could barely read with the tears falling down Alice you owe me some coffee and Kleenex an apology to my kids for mommy being cranky from lack of sleepWhat I Learned Man it really sucked to be a women in ancient times, we are so lucky in this day and age to be treated, for the most part, as the equals that we are still so far to go Now I really already know this, but lets just put this out again the persecution of Jews over and over again just completely baffles me They truly are one of the most formidable, strong and resilient race the world has ever seen Tons of fascinating information about 70 75 CEWho should shouldn t read Will be buying a copy for my niece, sister and sister in laws for Christmas because I don t want to lend them MY copy and risk the chance of one of them misplacing it LOL Those who enjoy a nice light read, would probably not want to pick one up It is quite intense and detailed Thinking those of Roman descent might be a little put off A must have for public librariesI listened to the audio version, which is very well done with four different women doing the narrative reading of the four main characters If it were possible I would give this book 6 stars It is among the best books I ve read in a long time and touched me deeply.


  9. says:

    Alice Hoffman brought me back in time and I enjoyed learning about what life was like in 70 C.E The writing was beautiful and at times poetic I like my poetry in short doses though and after two hundred pages of lyrical prose I was ready to move on with the story I liked the book, in fact I was swept away in the lives of the brave women it was about Revka, Aziza, Shirah and Yael were strong women who lived amazing lives and were the only survivors of the Masada massacre Unfortunately, the parts of the story that I first found to be so interesting started to bore me The amount of detail the author put into describing religious beliefs and rituals made the story drag I felt like I only needed to read about the steps to prepare one s body for death only once Instead, the author felt like she had to pound the information into my skull again and again After a while that is how I felt like the author was pounding me upside the head with her overly written book Death by poetry I started to skim over the pages looking for the meat of the story till I found the end I m glad I finished it.Pictures I found relating to the story Masada The ramp the Romans built to Masada Character Casting Yael Emma Stone Revka Helen Hunt Aziza Kiera Knightly Shirah Catherin Zeta Jones


  10. says:

    I was absolutely taken by this amazing story which was based on historical events of which I knew nothing about The writing is beautiful and the story of these strong and willful women will remain with me for a long time.

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