This November we kicked off our READ THIS! series with an amazing novel - Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman.
Set in 73 CE, Amazon describes the novel as this:
Hoffman writes this ancient with a slightly modern tone, but this tone gives strength and soulfulness to each woman's story. Hoffman writes them in such a manner that it feels as though Yael, Revka, Aziza and Shirah are giving unto each reader a precious piece of themselves. Many critics have commented on the novel's length - deeming it to be too drawn out - but I think that Hoffman gives the detail to her work that is necessary to make it come alive.
Did you find time this month to read Alice Hoffman's Dovekeepers? What was your take on it? Do you agree with me that it was a beautiful story - well-written and captivatingly honest? Or did you find it to be a bit long? For those Alice Hoffman fans out there - did you find this to be similar to her other work? Or too much of a departure from everything she is known for? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of this novel!
And now, without further ado, here is December's READ THIS! book:
"The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.
A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.
As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.
A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s—1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers."
One of the reviews compares it to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, one of my favorites, and I cannot wait to dive into this novel.
So, what do you say? Will you read along with me? It may be long, but it's definitely going to be something to keep you company on these dark (and cold) December nights. Go pick up a copy (from your library, local bookstore, or Kindle) and join me in this adventure into Murakami's 1Q84.
(And, if you're joining me, don't forget to take a button for your blog from the sidebar!)