The only account from the time of the siege and fall of Masada was recorded by a Roman historian.
In contrast to the noble machismo of the TV series, the Dovekeepers is a fictionalised account of the siege from the perspective of four women, Yael, Revka, Aziza and Shirah, whose lives intersect as they work in the dovecotes. An accomplished writer, Hoffman uses vivid imagery, offering fresh insight into the religious tradition and social order of the time, against the background of impending tragedy. The story is alive with the contrast between the seen and the unseen; the power of silence and magic, a theme common in Hoffman’s writing. It is a fascinating, masterful story, thoroughly recommended. Reviewed by Flappy Jandals
Author's website: http://alicehoffman.com
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