Matreshka Media Group Media Group itibaren Moraduccio BO, İtalya
Best series ever! I read it for the first time when I was in my first class of high school, now in the fourth reading it again. Loved it!
For fans of Alice Hoffman this book is a mixture of the new and the familiar. Devotees will recognize the strong women with unusual, even magical abilities. What's new is the historical setting and time---the fortress of Masada in the year 70 CE. Also, Hoffman's language struck me as different in this book. I think whether or not readers like this book will hinge on their reaction to the language Hoffman uses to recreate the world of her women. I loved the level of detail. I felt the sea salt in my hair, the rocks pricking my bare feet, the sun beating mercilessly on my head. I tasted the saltiness of the olive crop. I realized how central religious beliefs were to how the women lived their daily lives, and how gender affected their choices. I understood when they chose to break the rules and empathized at the price they paid. One of the themes of this story is the value of words; their meaning and use are important to the characters. Words are cited as the first thing created by God. Hoffman uses this novel to give words to the women of the time, to let their voices be heard. Words can be spoken or written. This book did for me what I love about books---it used the written word to create a world for me as real as the one I'm living in now.