If you liked "The Red Tent," then you will probably enjoy this book. It gives some insight into the female world of the typically male-centric Old Testament. Much time is typically spent studying Abraham, but this story focuses on his wife, Sarah. All I remember about Sarah from the Bible was that she was married to Abraham, she had her son when she was very old, her original name was Sarai (as she is called for most of this book), and that there was something with the Pharaoh when they got to Egypt and she had to pretend to be Abraham's sister. Otherwise, I can't really tell you much about Sarah from the Bible. This book gives her a voice and fleshes her out as a character and as a person. Yes, some liberties are taken and speculations are made (as with any biblical fiction story since the author is the one interpreting and filling in gaps). I liked how in this story Sarah wasn't perfect, she questioned Abraham's faith and had a hard time accepting the idea of one God at first. I think this made her much more human and easier to identify with. After all, her world was pretty much turned upside down after becoming Abraham's wife, so there would be times where she probably would have gotten annoyed or angry. There were a few instances where the writing just didn't seem right to me (I can't really describe it, perhaps the flow or where certain thoughts just seemed too modern), but overall I found this to be a great story and would recommend it.
Wow this was really a good book. I love this genre of women of biblical times. It is so interesting to think of the way they lived day to day life. Vibrant characters and great story lines. I really enjoyed this book and read it in two days.
Fantastic look into what life may have been like during the time of Abram and Lot! If you have read and loved THE RED TENT, then this is a must-read!
ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER! I LOVE THIS ENTIRE SERIES!!
If you enjoy biblical and histporical novels, this is for you! Although fiction, this book put you in "Sarah's shoes" so to speak and transports you to a time & place unknown and unfamiliar unless you are a student of the Bible. Historical and cultural facts abound. A good read form a unique perspective.
This is a great book. Will read the series.
Enjoyed this book, and it was a quick read. Do not plan to read the rest of the series. It reminded me of The Red Tent. I think Sarah's character was written in a way that she really breathed with life, and was interesting and brave. I had strong emotions about the fascinating stories and situations in the story. Try it, you might like it too.
A very good story about the wife of Abraham
If you enjoy historical, Biblical fiction, like "The Red Tent" you will love this book. Marek Halter takes a unique approach the life of Sarah. He takes a few versus in the Bible that speak of her life and turns them into a tapestry describing her life. This was a very enjoyable work of fiction overall, and I would recommend it to any reader.
If anyone hasn't read the book, I highly recommend it.
From front cover: The story of Sarah and of history itself, begins in the cradle of civilation: the Sumerian city-state of Ur, a land of desert heat, towering gardens, and immense wealth. The daughter of a powerful lord, Sarah is raised in great luxury, but balks at the arranged marriage her father has planned for her....Sarah's story reveals an ancient world full of beauty, intrigue, and miracles.
This is an ARC copy, NOT a hardcover.
I didn't much like it; thought it was underdeveloped and predictable. But anyone who loved the Red Tent will probably enjoy.