Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2011: Yael was born of a dead mother and father who knows how to become invisible. Revka learned silence when her grandsons lost their voices after witnessing their mother’s brutal murder. Aziza became a boy to protect herself, and hates being forced to turn back into a woman. And Shirah will do anything to protect those she loves from the horrors of the world. The power and violence of these women is evident in every word of The Dovekeepers. Hoffman’s prose is vivid and unforgettable, scorching like the desert heat, and will stay with you long after you finish the last page. A story of sacrifice, endurance, and above all, survival, The Dovekeepers is homage to anyone who’s ever held fast to their beliefs in the face of nearly insurmountable adversity. –Malissa Kent
The problem is that I simply don’t like the book. I thought it would be a really powerful book – maybe it would evoke emotion – I mean, really, the description sounded that way to me…..but NO. NOTHING. NADA. ZIP. ZILCH. The story is OK, but it is slow. Her characters are developed, but maybe too much so? The fact that the book chronicles the lives of 4 different women is confusing and, at the end of each section, I feel like they just END…..they don’t evolve and then finish….does that makes sense to anyone but me?
I’ve begun to think of reading it as a chore: Must Finish Book. Have you ever felt that way about a book? It’s simply awful – to be completely frank: it’s one of the worst feelings I have ever had.
So, I looked into Alice Hoffman’s other books and realized, I have picked up no less than 1/2 dozen, and not finished reading the first chapter of any of them. Why do people love her writing so much? do you have to be in a particular state of mind? I can read non-fiction faster than this bad-boy.
Friends, help me out here: what’s the problem I have with Alice Hoffman?
Character Development: B-
Eventually, I will finish the book – but please don’t wait for me to do it before you read this “review” I don’t think it will be any different when I finally finish the book than it is now….if it is, I’ll update!