The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman is the book I chose to take with me during my holiday to Assam and Meghalaya.
I picked up this book thinking it was a light girly read – something along the lines of Practical Magic – the only other Alice Hoffman book I read ages ago.
The Dovekeepers though was completely different.
It’s set in Masada, Israel around 70 C.E. The novel spans the time when the Romans besieged the Jews in the fortress of Masada during the First Jewish-Roman war. The Jews at Masada were the last Jewish stronghold to fall at Roman hands.
Historical details about this time and the events can be found here. I”ll focus this review on the book and the story.
When I first expressed interest in reading Sarah Waters, a lot of bloggers recommended that I start with Fingersmith. I however ended up picking up and dropping it multiple times before actually getting into the book – so much so that even though I started this book first, I ended up dropping it and reading The Little Stranger and The Night Watch before trying this book again.
There were some reasons why this book was a bit hard for me to get into, but once I got over a certain hump in the story, the book was really enjoyable, and I raced through it.
This is the second Sarah Waters book I have read. The first book of hers I picked up is The Little Stranger, which I read a couple of years back for Halloween.
So, I went into reading The Night Watch expecting something in the style of The Little Stranger, writing wise, but it’s completely different. Later on, I read Fingersmith (review yet to come), and that’s completely different as well.
It’s pretty rare to find an author whose writing style varies so much from book to book.
I read The Night Watch a couple of weeks back, and can’t say I loved it. It was very different from the usual Sarah Waters style – experimental in its writing and tone, and it took me some time to get into it.
That said, the writing is beautiful, simply sublime. In terms of writing and maturity, this book about three lesbians in World War 2 is probably the best book she’s written.
OMG. I don’t know what to say about this week. All last weekend it poured heavily, there was no internet, no TV, no electricity, and no going anywhere because of the floods and trees falling. The kids were extremely bored, and so was I honestly.
I shouldn’t crib though when other places around the world are struggling with heavy rain and flooding – Texas, Mumbai, Florida. I wonder why the rains are so unusually heavy this year. Is it an El Nino thing or something?