(The Dovekeepers) PDF READ Ó Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman ☆ 6 review

The Dovekeepers

characters The Dovekeepers Alice Hoffman ☆ 6 review characters ¸ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Alice Hoffman Da by a different path Yael’s mother died in childbirth and her father an expert assassin never forgave her for that death Revka a village baker’s wife watched the murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons rendered mute by what they have witnessed Aziza is a warrior’s daughter raised as a boy a fearless rider and expert marksman who fi. Alice Hoffman will teach the reader about an event which most of us know nothing about this is a factual story with fictional characters interwoven Four women who are refugees at Masada over 2000 years ago Hoffman tells their story will you listen this is where they worked a dovecote at Masada this is where they lived the fortress at MasadaA colossal triumph Hoffman shines in this endeavour which took her five years to write Interesting Hell yeah This story the fact and the fiction will linger with me for a long time Thank you Alice Hoffman Most Highly Recommended 5 Anthem us know nothing about this is a factual story with fictional characters interwoven Four women who are refugees at Masada over 2000 years ago Hoffman tells their story will you listen this is where they worked a dovecote at Masada this is where they lived the fortress at MasadaA colossal triumph Hoffman shines in this endeavour which took her five years to write Interesting Hell yeah This story the fact and the fiction will linger with me for a long time Thank you Alice Hoffman Most Highly Recommended 5

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characters The Dovekeepers Alice Hoffman ☆ 6 review characters ¸ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Alice Hoffman Nearly two thousand years ago nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada a mountain in the Judean desert According to the ancient historian Josephus two women and five children survived Based on this tragic and iconic event Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold resourceful and sensuous women each of whom has come to Masa. We were no different from the doves above us We could not speak or cry but when there was no choice we discovered we could fly It you want a reason take this We yearned for our portion of the sky Masada the word summons up images war Romans Zealots slaughter mass suicide A place of national pride for some historical and archaeological controversy for many a bit of Python mockery to others On visiting the place itself Alice Hoffman was inspired to wonder about the experience of the women who had lived and died there The result is The Dovekeepers She uses the writings of Jewish historian Flavius Josephus as the foundation for her tale The Monty Python crew used Josephus s writings as well for a very different purpose in Life of Brian The four primary characters meet at Masada where they are assigned to care for the doves There are those who might consider this a hardship post regarding doves as dirty disgusting filthy and lice ridden or as rats with wings but they are also a source of fertilizer meat eggs and maybe a bit of hope No one is designated as the concierge Alice HoffmanThe four are Yael Revka Aziza and Shirah Yael is notable for among other things her coloring Her father Yosef bar Elhanan is a notorious assassin a member of the Sicarii a blade minded branch of the Zealot movement They do unpleasant things to Jews who collaborate with the occupying Romans He was known not only for his effectiveness with sharp objects but for his talent at going unnoticed He did notice however that his wife died giving birth to their second child Yael and possessing a mind and heart not nearly as honed as his weapons he blames her Thanks Pop All the while I was growing up I wondered what it might be like to have a father who wouldn t turn away from the sight of me one who told me I was beautiful even though my hair flamed a strange red color and my skin was sprinkled with earth toned flecks as though I d been splattered with mud I d heard my father say to another man that these marks were specks of my mother s blood Their relationship is shall we say strained Big brother Amram however is the apple of papa s eye I know shocking even follows him into the family business That business involves doing in a Roman general which gains them the attention of the occupying force and the family is forced to beat a hasty exodus from Jerusalem They team up with another Sicarii family headed by Jachim ben Simon Things get complicated They all endure a trial by heat sand and misery on their trek offering witness to others tales of sundry Roman atrocities as well It is a road of self discovery for Yael and she arrives at Masada much changed from who she was when she had set outRachel Broshahan as Yael from CBSRevka had a nice family Hubby was a baker Her daughter was married to a nice studious young man They had two boys Romans sacked their town murdering Revka s husband while slaughtering anyone within reach Revka is forced to become a refugee Further atrocities are visited on her family While she gets a measure of revenge on the latest evil doers she darkens her own soul Her grandchildren have become mute and her nice young man of a son in law has become a psycho warrior Aziza and her mother were sexually assaulted when Aziza was still a child Mom decided to raise her as a boy to reduce the likelihood of that happening again She becomes a bad ass warrior Her brother not so much There is a scene that could have been pulled from Robin Hood in which Aziza demonstrates her proficiency with a bow and arrow Also gawjuss Think Xena at least I did you sprouts out there might conjure Katniss Kathryn Prescott as Aziza from CBSLast and definitely not least is Shirah A witchy sort with a book of magic spells great hair and ravishing beauty She comes from a line of women in a particular line of work but her mother sent her away from their home in Alexandria when she was young as an anti them pogrom was going on to stay with relations in Jerusalem Things do not go well for her there She meets The One but there is a mess with him being already married and not up to standing up to his parents and her being oh twelve She later finds someone with whom to share a home pops out a few progeny but is now a single mom in Masada doing the odd spell to help female residents with this and that and still looking up to the goddess Ashtoreth for her main religious sustenance But what s the deal with her and the hunky head of the Masada warriors Eleazar Ben Ya ir And what s up with his seriously creepy wifeCote de Pablo as Shirah from CBSSo that s the four We know you know right that things do not go well for the residents of Club Masada The story is in tracking the progress of the place s demise and how the four got there and how they cope with the stresses that are steadily building We are also given a bit of a tour and get a sense of place beyond the stick figure general notionHoffman definitely has an inclination towards incorporating history into her work whether of the maritime sort in Blackbird House or a bit of Transcendentalism in The Red Garden She is also fond of incorporating dollops of magic into her tales sometimes than a little She usually tells tales of women who are forced to cope with challenging circumstances And she is uite fond of fairy tales It will come as no shock that this novel is very much in keeping with her previous work What makes it different is its ambition scope and length It is not a huge book at 500 pages or so but is bulkier than her previous workFirst and probably most important it is an engaging read Her main characters are interesting all strong in their way and worth finding out about The story moves along at a decent pace most of the time Place is of obviously central import and is given star treatment I would not say that you could matter transmit yourself to the fort and know your way around but you might see places that look familiar and wonder how you knew about them Hoffman mixes martial material of different flavors blending some warriors in combat with the appalling laying waste of defenseless civilians by armed sorts from both sides There is romantic entanglement aplenty but my guy genes did not feel much inclination to generate spew It all worked pretty well She may have overdone it a bit with her imagery IMHO Yael in particular is associated with among other things a Flaming Tree image Red hair get it There are other bits of significance associated with this but it seemed to me that it was popping up like one of those birthday candles that won t go out Yael is also associated with lions in various guises a love interest an encounter with a feline or two in the desert a kittie held captive by the occupying army As a host to six of the creatures I know that however much we may love and be fascinated by them sometimes you need to step back a bit Maybe it is just that in a longer book there are mentions than one is used to from Hoffman who knows her way around imagery I do not recall feeling bugged by other such strands Watch for image streams relating to serpents and boids sorry birds I am from Brooklyn after all Hoffman associates some elemental aspects with her characters which seemed very fairy tale ish and ok Shirah is associated with water for example and that aspect was used in moderation and worked uite well Magic most definitely plays a part here Spells are cast and have the expected impact Of course some of what works is an expert s knowledge of science and that seems like magic at times It is suggested that one character s cloak has a feature may make it a likely ancestor of a similar garment used in Hogwarts One expects magic in AH s novels This is all good For her historical basis Hoffman relies on the writings of Flavius Josephus Here we get into a bit of controversy The tale of mass suicide that is Masada appears not to have a particularly strong foundation in archaeological research It was fluffed at a time when it served well as a symbol of Israeli determination and nationhood Evidence that proves that the events Josephus describes actually occurred is less than entirely persuasive While there are certainly elements of Josephus s tale that have a basis in reality others might constitute a bit of playing to his audience We all have our national myths Think George Washington and the Cherry Tree Paul Revere s ride WMDs in Ira I do not fault Hoffman for centering her tale around a historical event that is less than universally accepted Myth is what she does And she has done an outstanding job with this one Whether one sees the source material as ancient history or a mythologization of a less exceptional reality the story she spins around that core is a compelling one I have only read a handful of Alice Hoffman s adult books so cannot claim a deep knowledge of her oeuvre But I would put my shekels on The Dovekeepers being the crowning achievement of her career One might say it is the feather in her literary cap I wouldn t but some mightReview posted 32815Pub Date 10411This review is also posted at CootsreviewscomEXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal and FB pagesHere is a reading guide from Hoffman s siteThe CBS mini series is due any day now The series makes do with three of the four primary characters sorry Revka and Josephus is not a character in the book Oy there are so many unfamiliar words used in this story that it would be a useful thing to have kept track of them Sorry kids I did not However AH does collect some of those in a glossary on her site It is not comprehensive though There are plenty in the bookA documentary that looks at the historical event Time Travellers Myth of MasadaHere is a nifty site if you are interested in this particular sort of boid birdA couple of songs that seem vaguely suitable Yes yes I know the title of the song is Edge of Seventeen but I imagine most of us think of it as The White Winged Dove A favorite from a non Jewish PrinceAnd then there is Monty Python noted at the top Here is a site that not only links to the infamous Python suicide scene from Life of Brian but offers a look at a scene cut from the film that had been intended to set it upOther Hoffman books I have reviewed Local Girls Green Angel Blackbird House The Ice ueen The Red Garden The Rules of Magic

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characters The Dovekeepers Alice Hoffman ☆ 6 review characters ¸ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Alice Hoffman Nds passion with a fellow soldier Shirah born in Alexandria is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine a woman with uncanny insight and power The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege All are dovekeepers and all are also keeping secrets about who they are where they come from who fathered them and whom they lo. Alice Hoffman brought me back in time and I enjoyed learning about what life was like in 70 CE The writing was beautiful and at times poetic I like my poetry in short doses though and after two hundred pages of lyrical prose I was ready to move on with the story I liked the book in fact I was swept away in the lives of the brave women it was about Revka Aziza Shirah and Yael were strong women who lived amazing lives and were the only survivors of the Masada massacre Unfortunately the parts of the story that I first found to be so interesting started to bore me The amount of detail the author put into describing religious beliefs and rituals made the story drag I felt like I only needed to read about the steps to prepare one s body for death only once Instead the author felt like she had to pound the information into my skull again and again After a while that is how I felt like the author was pounding me upside the head with her overly written book Death by poetry I started to skim over the pages looking for the meat of the story till I found the end I m glad I finished itPictures I found relating to the storyMasada The ramp the Romans built to Masada Character CastingYael Emma Stone Revka Helen Hunt Aziza Kiera Knightly ShirahCatherin Zeta Jones


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    (The Dovekeepers) PDF READ Ó Alice Hoffman An exceptional read This is a masterpiece a wonderful mesmerizing book about the lives of four strong Jewish women each with different backgrounds powerful personalities and distinct stories of there own Their histories collided when destinycircumstances found them living at the Jewish stronghold Masada during the last and final siege by the Romans According to the historian Josephus two of these women and five children survived the horren

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    characters The Dovekeepers (The Dovekeepers) PDF READ Ó Alice Hoffman Alice Hoffman ☆ 6 review For fans of Alice Hoffman this book is a mixture of the new and the familiar Devotees will recognize the strong women with unusual even magical abilities What's new is the historical setting and time the fortress of Masada in the year 70 CE Also Hoffman's language struck me as different in this book I think whether or not readers like this book will hinge on their reaction to the language Hoffman uses to rec

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