|Nomadic SA Chick||
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Page Count: 418
Fiction Genre: Historical, Book Club, Religion, Feminism
Dates Read: November 8-11, 2015
Reading Challenge: Mega Reading Challenge
Topic: #126: A book recommended by a friend
Dinah was just a small character in the Book of Genesis. Not much is known about her or her life, except for her rape, and incidents surrounding it. Diamant explores the possibility of what Dinah's life could have been like, and weaves a colorful story of what they forgot to tell us.
Let me start this out by saying, "meh". This book wasn't bad. It's very well written, and Diamant paints a very descriptive and beautiful story around Dinah. However, there was just something missing for me. I wasn't hooked on it. I felt like it was mainly just passing time for me. I loved reading about the possibilities of what Dinah's life could have been, and seeing more about this strong and beautiful woman. I cannot put my finger on what exactly is bugging me about this book, but I can tell you that overall I enjoyed it. I could have given this book 3 stars, but it didn't feel right. Diamant deserved a better rating because she is a great author who seems to have this magic ability to vividly broadcast her words as an image into your mind. She is very skilled in her craft. She has created amazing and realistic characters that I could see myself sitting down to have tea with.
I say read this book. Maybe you'll find that piece I'm missing. Have you read this book? Leave a comment below with your thoughts about it.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 7
Pace - 5
Plot Development - 6
Characters - 7
Enjoyability - 5
Insightfulness - 6
Ease of Reading - 6
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 4 out of 5 stars