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Subject: The Red Tent.
Date Posted: 2/10/2008 6:04 PM ET
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Anyone else read the Red Tent by Anita Diamant. I just finished this book about an hour ago and just loved it.

It has been ages since a book made me cry, it was so touching and well written.

Can anyone recommend other books similar to this one?

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 7:05 PM ET
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Gee, I sure wish we had archives of forum threads that we could access, esp. on Hidden Gems.  Over the past years that I've been a member, The Red Tent gets a thread at least twice a year, I think.  And the discussions are always so animated.  This one loved it, that one hated it.  And why.  Then, of course, many folks listed and recommended similar books.  Of course, I can't think of any.

Myself, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Emotionally, it hit me hard.

And, I was surprised at how disappointed I was with her book, Good Harbor, a contemporary novel.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 7:10 PM ET
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I had read another book that recommended the Red Tent.. So I picked it up with no clue about plot or characters.

I can understand why some people might have issues with it but it was so well written that I could not put it down. That hasnt happened since I read the last harry potter book.

Hopefully someone will remember the recommended books as I have surfed the net and havent found much more then others recommending the book I ahve already read or her next book.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 7:19 PM ET
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I just did a search for The Red Tent on the forums and there were a couple posts recommending other books similar to The Red Tent. You just have to wade through all the Game posts. I currently have it in my TBR pile but I'm looking forward to it even more now.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 7:40 PM ET
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Ok finally remembered the book that recommended The Red Tent, it was The Gilded Cage.

I have also looked through the search thing on the forums and only found people recommending Sarah which I have already read.. It was ok but nothing like the impact of Red Tent.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 8:29 PM ET
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I liked The Last Days of Dogtown by Diamant as well. I loved The Red Tent up until the last third or so. I thought it was a better novel up to that point.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 8:40 PM ET
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Pam, I absolutely loved The Red Tent.  It's definitely in my top 5 favorite books ever.

I immediately ran out and read Anita Diamante's other books, none of which were anywhere near as good as Tent.  I was very disappointed.


Date Posted: 2/10/2008 9:11 PM ET
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I read this book because it had been recommended to me after I did a Bible study of the patriarchs in Genises.  I really wanted to enjoy a good story about the women from the Bible, however I just couldn't get into it, it just seemed to drag and drag and drag on.  Normally I'll finish the book anyway to see if the story gets better, but I just couldn't even finish this book.  I'm hesitant to read any more of her books, her writting style just seems so dry to me.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 9:16 PM ET
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I have this book in my TBR pile. I'm going to have to move it further to the top.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 10:32 PM ET
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I finished a few days ago and I like it up until the last part.  I felt like it just dragged on and on.  I had numerous people tell me that they like it though.  I thought it was just OK.

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 1:40 AM ET
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I've read it, and I've also listened to the book on tape.  The book on tape is awesome.  Very well done.  Should you want to know the story, but for whatever reason the book didn't appeal to you, maybe you'd like to try out the recorded version. 


I loved this book, and I *never* like books with any sort of a religious theme.  I really really enjoyed this book and will certainly read it again.


Date Posted: 2/11/2008 11:11 AM ET
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Ohhhh...audio.  If I've really enjoyed a book, I like to then get it on audio for my trips, or commute.  Thanks for the nudge, Rosemary.

Dry, yes, I agree with dry for some of her writing.  Good description for what I thought of Good Harbor.

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 6:25 PM ET
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I really enjoyed the Red Tent, and I have my copy still on my bookshelf, which surprises me - I thought it would get snapped up as soon as I posted it.

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 9:24 PM ET
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I loved the Red Tent.  I tried Sara by Orson Scott Card.  It was good, but dry.  It didn't have the life of the Red Tent. 

I think the Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley would be a good pick for someone who enjoyed the Red Tent.  Strong female characters, inner workings of the female life.  It's more in the realm of fantasy though.

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 10:29 PM ET
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I love Fantasy! Thanks for that suggestion Melody I will be sure to check out that series. It has been one of those To Read authors for awhile and I have been unable to get the first book of the series from my library as it keeps getting stolen.. I am sure I can pick up a copy here with my next lot of credits.

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Date Posted: 2/12/2008 11:30 AM ET
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I loved the Red Tent!  I don't usually read books with a religioustheme but I thought it was strong, and it did make me emotional, which is a rarity for me.

  I whole heartedly agree with Melody's suggestion of Mists of Avalon. I've read it more than once, and the strong female characters  would be attractive to someone who enjoyed the Red Tent.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 11:58 AM ET
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I loved the Red Tent, and read another biblicial fiction shortly after - I think it was this one:  http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780142002797-Mary+Called+Magdalene  which was also I thought gripping.

Also Anne Rice's novel about the childhood of Jesus was a fun read.

(I am not religious in the least, but enjoy the stories when they are well written - there isn't a plot not to be found in the bible ;) )

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 12:23 AM ET
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I'm only about a quarter of the way through The Red Tent, but I am finding it very good.  I love her writing in this book.  I haven't read any of her others, though.

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 10:01 PM ET
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This was the first religious fiction book I ever read...

Normally I dont neccesarly head to that genre.

But the rent tent was AMAZING...I was going to check out her other book, but now I'm not so sure...

However, although not biblical, Tracy Chevalier writes amazing historical fiction. Girl with a pearl earring was amazing, and lady and the unicorn was quite enjoyable. I just recieved falling angels in the mail today and cant wait to start it. :-)

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 9:52 AM ET
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just finshed listening to it on tape. i loved it.