One word comes to mind when I think about this book...boring.
I'm sorry, but I could just not get into this book. I like the idea, a telling of the story of Moses through the eyes of his wife. I like the idea, I like the story of Moses...but I don't know. This version just seemed watered down and ridiculous.
The author went on and on about how Zipporah (sometimes spelled Tzippora in some versions of the Bible) is half black and how "no man would marry her" because of it. It makes Moses seem like he has either some sort of fetish or is sorry for her because of that.
Also, do we really need three whole paragraphs about Moses's buttocks glistening in the water while he skinny-dips? I got it, the guy has a good body, let's move on.
This book was just an obvious display of a man trying unsuccessfully to write from a woman's point of view. I know many male authors who have done this well...unfortunately Mr. Halter is not one of them.
Great book! Wonderful 2nd book in the Canaan series. I highly recommend it.
I really enjoyed this book. Zipporah was a very strong character. It doesn't seem to me that Moses chose her because he felt sorry for her or that she was black.....God chose her for him because she was a strong woman and he would need one.
I felt she had been through so much already and then when she went to Egypt with him her life became so much harder. Yet that is what she pushed him to do. His people there treated her so badly and if it wasn't for her he wouldn't have even gone back. God used her to bring the slaves out of Egypt.
If you like stories about woman of the Bible you will love this one. It brings Zipporah, the wife of Moses to life.
An excellent novel! Very enjoyable and very sad. I was unable to put it down. I think the title of the novel says all you need to know about the plot without giving away the "surprises" of the nuances Halter weaves in with the Biblical ties and historical/geological connections! Amazingly realistic.
The second book in the Cannan trilogy and some what disappointing. Still a fast read and a decent story.
A strong woman in ancient times
We dont know a lot about Zipporah from the Bible, so this story of her life is mostly fiction, but it gives a good look at life thousands of years ago. Zipporah, a black Cushite woman is adopted by Jethro, a wealthy, influential Midianite. Because she looks different than her sisters and her neighbors, she feels she is an outsider and will never marry. She meets Moses, who is also an outsider who has fled Egypt and the rest , as they say, is history.
Moses really wants to just enjoy the peaceful life he has found with the Midianites; however Zipporah urges Moses to return to Egypt and fight for his Hebrew people who are being mistreated as slaves. Zipporah proves to be a courageous, proud woman who sticks by her beliefs in the face of pressure from her family and harsh treatment by the Hebrews she is defending.
This was an enjoyable, quick read which gives a glimpse of life in Old Testament times. This book is not as detailed or as beautifully written as The Red Tent, but I enjoyed the story.
Wonderful book to read,Halter is one of my favorit authors. Very touching book,Zipporah was a great woman. My favorit of the three books.
A very interesting story about the wife of Moses
This book is the second in Marek Halter's Canaan Trilogy, which breathes new life into women of the Bible. This particular book focuses on Zipporah, the wife of Moses. Unlike the main protagonist of the first book, "Sarah," of whom I was familiar with, I honestly wasn't even aware of the fact that Moses even had a wife, or if I did know that at one point, I certainly had since forgotten. But after reading this book, I will not be able to forget Zipporah. Like Moses, she was rescued from the banks of a body of water and raised by someone who was not her birth family. Even though Zipporah was well-loved by her adoptive father and most of her siblings (one sister being the exception as you will see if you read the book), she knows that she will forever be an outsider because of her dark skin. One day, she and two of her sisters are attacked at the well and a stranger named Moses saves them. Zipporah is instantly attracted to this stranger, recognizing him from a dream she once had, and she knows that he is destined for greatness, even though he's struggling to figure out who he really is after escaping Egypt. As the old saying goes "behind every great man, there's a great woman," and in this story it is the woman behind the great man who seems to be the voice of wisdom, pushing her husband to do what will eventually be his destiny, even as he tries to resist it. As I said with my review on "Sarah," yes there are some liberties taken to fill in gaps from the Bible & since none of us were there, we will never know what actually happened, but it's an interesting take on a typically male-centric story from the Old Testament.
I was looking for a substitute for Orson Scott Card's Women of Genesis but feel this in no way lived up to those standards. I do not think the characterization was very deeply felt, and it offerred little spiritual insight. Still, it was somewhat entertaining.
A story of the middle of Moses' journey told from the point of view of his wife. Historical fiction.
A captivating book. Pretty graphic though! Not recommended for the unmarried!