Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Dovekeepers

2 days ago I started reading The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. The story is set in ancient Israel-the story of Masada. From the book's jacket: "In 70 C.E., nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. ...two women and 5 children survived." Alice Hoffman wrote a novel based on this heroic and tragic event of Jewish history. Today one can reach Masada by tram or by hiking a trail from the foot of the mountain. From the ruins one can see the Dead Sea.


Meredith said...

This sounds like such a fascinating read! I like Alice Hoffman's books, and the photographs you posted are especially interesting. How tragically the Jews have had to suffer.

edgar said...

Bellezza-I have not read any previous books of Alice Hoffman until now. I did not know anything about Masada also until I visited it last September. The story is repeated to students and army recruits for them to learn about that tragic or heroic part of Jewish history-"slavery or death".