The DovekeepersAlice Hoffman

The Dovekeepers

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The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman Book Summary

An ambitious and mesmerizing novel from the bestselling author of Rules of Magic. The Dovekeepers is “striking….Hoffman grounds her expansive, intricately woven, and deepest new novel in biblical history, with a devotion and seriousness of purpose” (Entertainment Weekly).

Nearly 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 power.

The 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.

The Dovekeepers (Alice Hoffman) Book Reviews

The Peace the Soul DesiresThe Dove Keepers is a novel of compelling emotional and spiritual power; a testimony to the promise we all are born with but too often forget, that love transfigures the righteous and the revenant alike. Alice Hoffman evokes a world where everything is sharp, immediate, pulsing; where the sacred and sacrilegious are interwoven in the mundane and miraculous lives of her characters. Yael, Aziza, Shirah and Revkah, narrate the story from four interconnected and beautifully layered points of view, and while they are the women who create and carry the story, they are only four in an incredible family of amazing and memorable characters. One feels the heat and beauty of the desert; the mean yet wondrous quality of life even more precious because so easy to lose. This story connects the reader to a past that is both not our own yet intimately our own; a reality that is harsh and sumptuous. Historical novels may not be your thing, but this is one that could change your mind. You will care about the characters long before you begin to consider the history they inhabit, and later you will realize that your own humanity is reflected in this caring and wonderful historical meditation and remembrance..Score: 5/5

GreatAwesome book!.Score: 5/5

Great, historical read!I've always remembered my Bibilical studies by Ray Vanderlann as fascinating especially when he shared about Masada. When I came across this book, the title alone piqued my interest. Alice Hoffman uses the story of Masada's only survivors as her foundation to weave a story of bravery, love, fierce passion, loyalty and the will to live no matter the circumstances. Her story-telling provides you a glimpse into history of the Jewish sects and Romans as well as the beauty of Masada created by King Herod. Truly a great read for anyone who is history lover!.Score: 5/5

Fantastic read!Couldn't put it down.Score: 5/5

Must Read!Fantastic story that pulls you in. I could not put the book down. Such a great mix of history and pure human emotion. Absolutely loved it! Highly recommend!.Score: 5/5

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Great ReadI have read many other novels by Alice Hoffman and have enjoyed them. This novel was very different from her other works. I enjoy reading historical fiction and this was a very good example of the genre. As most of her other works, Ms. Hoffman told the story from women's viewpoint. Her four major characters were well drawn. As a reader, you were eager to follow them as they struggled to make their way in a challenging time. One of Hoffman's best novels..Score: 5/5

The DovekeepersAbsolutely loved this book. I found myself thinking about the tragic lives of the characters throughout my day... Couldn't wait to get home to read more. Beautifully written, sad but empowering, truly one of the best books I have read in a very long time..Score: 5/5

BadUsually I love historical fiction (especially biblical) but I could not get through this..Score: 1/5

The DovekeepersGreat read in a historical setting. It made me want to see these places for myself someday..Score: 5/5

Still relevant in the conflicts the Jewish people face todayThis book was a wonderful story. I especially enjoy books based on true events. Although it was a long story, it was full of vivid description and detail that made it come alive. I truly enjoyed reading it. If you are at all interested in ancient Biblical history and/or how it is relevant to what is happening in the Middle East today, you will devour this book and reflect long and thoughtfully what the author was sharing with us. Most of the history we have today is told from a masculine point of view. It is refreshing to read and feel history from the feminine side..Score: 5/5

The DovekeepersCertainly one of the best books I have ever read..Score: 5/5

The DovekeepersFantastic book! I just returned from Israel and spent an entire afternoon at Masada. I stood in the dove coves and this book so eloquently depicted this struggle and life inside the mighty Masada. Recommend highly!.Score: 5/5

The DovekeepersA beautifully written quartet of interwoven stories about four women in ancient Judea whose destinies were infinitely bound together. For women of our time, they exemplify what it means to truly be your own person, stand in your truth and embrace your unique gifts. A tale of strength, betrayal and courage interlaced with fierce loyalty and love. I couldn't put it down once I began reading and will pick it up again and again to immerse myself in the pure poetry of the story and the words used to tell it..Score: 5/5

Wonderful readWonderful, moving....the characters are so well written. My favorite Alice Hoffman book to date !.Score: 5/5

Deeply MovingThis is a story based on historical information about a tremendous act of courage and religious faith. It reflects the strength of a people in their commitment to their beliefs. It is an enduring tale of the capabilities of humanity and limitless love. An inspiring read!.Score: 5/5

Excellent characters and storyThis book was very good. It dragged at times and at times, I skipped over parts. The characters were incredibly described and I feel as though I know them. Had to read it to the end because I couldn't guess the twists and evolving relationships. I am very glad I read this book and like others, will miss the characters in this novel..Score: 4/5

The DovekeepersI can't remeber the last time I enjoyed a book this much. It is well written and very moving. It is a book I could re-read-something I almost never do. Buy the book, you will not regret it..Score: 5/5

Fascinating Journey!Definitely a great read..Score: 5/5

The DovekeepersExtraordinary! Characters were so finely drawn l will miss them for a long time. This is a book to enjoy for the first read and to chew slowly and savor for each additional read. Well written and a treat for the senses; spicy, sweet, pungent and aromatic. I highly recommend this fascinating, well researched, epic story of women, religion, magic, love and salvation..Score: 5/5

DovekeepersNeither I nor the lady at the Genius Bar could get this to download on my iPhone..Score: 1/5

Challenging and RewardingI love books like this and The Red Tent, that blend history with biblical stories told from the oft-overlooked women's perspective. While many of this genre are fairly easy reads, Alice Hoffman's style tends to be more literary than most. But that shouldn't be a deterrent from this fully realized story. In my case it meant I needed to slow down and read a bit more carefully in order to appreciate and savor the nuances of the tale..Score: 4/5

AmazingOne of my all time favorite books. Alice Hoffman’s storytelling touches the soul!.Score: 5/5

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A good readWell written novel. Easy to read..Score: 4/5

The story toldA voice from history - spoken by women. An intriguing and amazing book..Score: 4/5

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