I was disappointed in this book. I thought the premise was fascinating - Jews who were being detained after WWII by the British as they made their way to Israel. There was so much I didn't know about this period of time, and after reading this book I still don't! I think this book could have been much more in-depth, both in the history and in the characters. The characters were almost two-dimensional - I didn't feel connected to any of them - the backgrounds were only a few pages long and scattered around the book. Unlike The Red Tent, which was outstanding, this book just didn't do justice to the story.
A story of courage, strength and loving friendships. Ms. Diamant gives us the gift of these four women in an intimate picture of life in a haunting era of time.
I went into this book with high expectations, but it just didn't quite meet these expectations. At first, it was a bit hard keeping track of all the characters, but that got easier as you learned more about each of them. I enjoyed the basic storyline and some of it was painful to read but necessary. I was a bit disappointed to see the story go on and on and then suddenly/abruptly wrap up. I did like the final glimpse the author gave of the characters. Not sorry I read it, just was a little short of my hopes for it.
Very moving story. Characters were well developed. I recommend it highly.
I will begin by saying that this book is different then The Red Tent mostly because of the time period it is set in. I believe it was easier for the author to take liberties with a time period that cannot be verified by fact (The Red Tent). Day After Night was set in Israel immediately following WWII. The similarity with The Red Tent is that it follows the experiences of a group of women.
The novel is about the experiences of Jewish women placed in the Atlit internment camp in Israel. The camp is run by the British. I learned a lot about a piece of history that I was unaware of. I had no idea that after WWII there were limits placed on how many people could immigrate to Israel. If you arrived without the proper papers you were placed in a camp.
The four main characters all had vastly different experiences during the war, which influence their attitudes and actions in the camp. As the story of Atlit unfolds we slowly learn the details of their experiences.
I enjoyed the book, but not near as much as The Red Tent. I feel that the author attempted to incorporate too much of the factual history into the events to make the stories of the women flow well. If you are interested in the Holocaust you will appreciate this book. If nothing else it is worth your time to learn about an important, but not much discussed, period of history.