Michal's Window brings us back to ancient Israel, 1000 years before Christ, to a bloody and brutal time where women, even royalty, were merely possessions to be bought and sold as prizes for political gain.
Carol Bodensteiner's blog, Just Walking the Earth, reviews Michal's Window as a book that brings the story of a forgotten woman to life in vivid details -- "a fascinating view of the women who receive only passing mention behind the men in stories we may think we know so well." It reminded her of Anita Diamant's THE RED TENT, another book written from the point of view of a woman whose name is virtually forgotten in the dust of history.
Rebecca Berto's bloc, Novel Girl, portrays Michal's Window as a complex book that made her angry. The limited roles of women and their position in the culture made it difficult for Michal to truly gain the type of life we take for granted. Nevertheless, just like Charlotte Bronte's heroine, JANE EYRE, Michal wrestles a modicum of happiness and acceptance for herself amidst a difficult situation. Rebecca warns us that this is no cliche' romance, so don't expect David to run after her right before her plane takes off. Nevertheless, "Michal's Window is a story unlike anything you’ll read this year."
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What do you think? Do you enjoy historical fiction? Or do you read with a jaundiced eye, glad that you are not walking in their sandals?