Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Red Tent

It's no secret that I love Siddharta by Hermann Hesse and the Alchemist by Paolo Coelho, both novels with a story of a young man's journey to find the self. I had been longing to read a story with similar themes but with a female voice. As we unpacked our boxes that had been in storage for 4+ years I came across a book of mine that I'd never read and forgot I had. While we were in Glasgow my friend recommended The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (and at that point I had no memory of owning it and made a mental note to buy it). Since unpacking it and being so happy that I actually owned it I've read it. I absolutely love it. As the book was coming to an end I was moved to tears. It's so fun to finish a book but so sad that it has to end.

It's so lovely, and tragic, and inspiring and deep with femininity.

Have you read it? Did you love it too?

PS. Thanks, Carol, for the perfect gift!


Carol said...

sounds like I'll have to read it's been SO long ;)

charles said...

books? what art those?

Marc and Megan said...

I loved the Alchemist and I just finished my most recent read and have been looking for something good. Thank you for the suggestion... I'll let you know what I think, though it might be a while since I seem to have less and less down time these days!

jenica said...

the red tent is in my top 5 favorite books of all time. i sobbed when it was over: 1 because i'm a boob and 2 because i was sad that it was over. i just wanted to read more. such an affirming book.


Sarra Eaton said...

I LOVE The Red Tent too. I started it and then stopped because at the start it was more graphic than I'm used too. I eventually went back to it and was so glad I did. It was truly exquisite. I was also enthralled with Siddhartha- I think especially because my best friend (Amponne) is Buddhist. I love to talk about books and I love that we have the same favorite book list!! Your blog fills my soul. Beautiful people.