Sunday, May 3, 2009

Novermber 10 at 6:45 University Book Club --The Red Tent --

The Edinboro University Book Discussion Group selected The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant as the book to read for its November meeting. The meeting will be held in Baron-Forness Library room 715, 6:45 – 8:15 pm on Tuesday, November 10. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

The Red Tent retells the story of Dinah, which is found in the Biblical book of Genesis, Chapter 34. This episode, usually known as the "Rape of Dinah" has been a difficult passage for bible readers for centuries because of the murderous behavior of Jacob's sons. In Genesis, Dinah does not say a single word; what happens to her is recounted and characterized as rape by her brothers. In my retelling of the story, Dinah finds her voice. The Red Tent is told entirely from her perspective and the point of view of the women around her. (From the authors website)

1 comment:

  1. The Red Tent is an excellent novel. Having given up religion after high school, I haven't read the Bible story of Dinah, but the fictionalized version is powerful and absorbing. I don't know if the Book Club is interested in suggestions, but the books The Stolen Tongue or The Dress Lodger, both by Sheri Holman, would be good books to discuss. Very complex novels with interesting historical backgrounds.