- The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
I am enchanted by this book every time. The women are all very different and each has her own strengths and foibles. Dinah revels in a lot about womahood but she also is limited at times by the roles it brings. The book shows relationships with amazing depth including those with a parent, the relationship among siblings (including sisters sharing a spouse and with Dinah and her brothers, esp Joseph), female friendships, mentorships, and romantic love. There is so much detail and richness. The book shows women celebrating womanhood and enjoying the secrets of their world, a place that men seem to fear.
Five stars, no questions. Definitely oriented to women and I truly don't know how it might feel to someone who is very religious given the Biblical ties. For me, I feel like I've visited a friend every time I read this book.
- An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
I enjoyed the book. Ishiguro really likes to see how individual people are impacted by national upheaval and how they come to terms, especially when they are on the "wrong side" of history. I didn't really love it, but I looked forward to the book at night and was compelled to keep reading. As with many of my preferred books, there are no perfect characters here and the narrator does contemplate his own flaws (though I think he misses a big one...but that's fine since I think the author helps u see it, partly through comments from his daughters).
I'd give it 3.5 stars and would round up to make the "full star only" rating site folks happy.
P.S. Won a second Goodreads drawing!! And three Harper books en route!
P.P.S. I am exhausted after so many health challenges but seem to be avoiding any new ones (knock on cyberspace). I am taking it easy this week, letting myself rest in bed extra and cutting down the cardio. I need some self-TLC.