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Could have been way more poignant
on February 6, 2016
In the bible, Dinah's story is quite traumatic. Despite the warnings of her family from hanging out in Canaan, Dinah goes to the sinful city and gets raped. In her defense, her brothers proceed to slaughter the criminal. Of course, various interpretations of the bible have lead to believe that Dinah loved Shechem, and that he didn't rape her, but simply took her to bed. Diamant focuses on the latter.
Although, the murder of Shechem is a powerful story on its own, I found the author rushed it. The beginning was slow as the reader was presented to Jacob's household (his marriage to Leah, and Rebecca...) And then the big move from one region to the other. Diamant did a wonderful research on the climate, food, traditional clothes and all the details that made the story come alive. Then rushed the climax?!?
I would have given extra stars, had there been more dialogue and the right to allow Dinah to grow as a character. She had so much strength in her, but the author tamed her down way too much by constantly allowing all the other characters to make decisions for her throughout her adult life.