Bought on a recommendation: The Red Tent

THE RED TENT by Anita DiamantDay 18: Reviewers often influence me to buy a book. I watch for their latest commentaries and find Laura Miller at Salon and Maria Popova of Brain Pickings to be reliable tastemakers.

The book I immediately think of as one I bought on a recommendation, however, was suggested by a friend who read and liked it. I started Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent but wasn’t sufficiently intrigued to finish. I’m sure I remember it so clearly only because I put it in permanent limbo.

Have you read The Red Tent? What did you like about it?

Are you planning to watch the Lifetime TV miniseries adaptation of the novel?

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5 thoughts on “Bought on a recommendation: The Red Tent

  1. Elaine Marolakos Edelson

    Robin, I read ‘The Red Tent’ and absolutely LOVED IT. I felt the women’s toil. Could somehow relate to their experiences. Appreciated the writing and descriptions. I was pulled into the story from the start. When our daughter began menarche, I welcomed her to the ‘Red Tent.’

  2. Robin Mizell Post author

    I really should watch the miniseries when it airs, so I’ll know what I missed. Thanks for your comment, Elaine. The Red Tent has been an enduring favorite of many readers.

  3. swiveltam

    Interesting that you put it down. I read it twice. The first time on a recommendation, the second for my book club. I’m curious which part lost you? Another that I liked equally as well and maybe not quite as popular, “In the Shadow of the Ark,” by Anne Provost.Same kind of historical fiction retelling from a unique perspective.

    ~Tam Francis~
    http://www.girlinthejitterbugdress.com

  4. Robin Mizell Post author

    It certainly seemed like a book I’d enjoy. I loved Annabel Lyon’s novels, The Golden Mean and The Sweet Girl, Elizabeth Cook’s Achilles, and Mary Renault’s The Bull from the Sea. Even a recommendation algorithm would have suggested I read The Red Tent, but I don’t recall getting beyond the first chapter. I hadn’t heard of In the Shadow of the Ark. Thanks for mentioning it.

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