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My Favourite Authors (part 2)

I have just discovered another favourite author – Alice Hoffman. She has written a number of books so I’m not sure how she escaped my greedy reading eyes. I have just read her latest book, The Dove Keepers. It is a breathtakingly beautifully written book that held me to its pages and refused to be put aside. If you are interested in superbly-written and researched jewish history, this poignant tale, set during and after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, must make it to your 2012 book list. The story relates over a period of four years, when 900 rebels and their families, who had claimed the stronghold of Masada in the Judaean Desert, held out against the Romans. Only two women and five children survived the massacre when the Jews committed mass suicide rather than submit to the Roman Legions.

What the author has to say about her visit to Masada:

`I was inspired by my first visit to Masada, a spiritual experience so intense and moving I felt as though the lives that had been led there two thousand years earlier were utterly fresh and relevant. The tragic events of the past and the extraordinary sacrifices that were made in this fortress seemed to be present in the pale air. It was as if those who had lived there, and died there, had passed on only hours before.’

And about the book from Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate in Literature

`Beautiful, harrowing, a major contribution to 21st century literature.’

From Jodi Piccoult, author of Sing You Home

`I am still reeling from The Dove Keepers. This novel is a testament to the human spirit and to love rising from the ashes of war. But most of all, this novel is one that will never be forgotten by the reader.’

And Wally Lamb, author of The Hour I first Believed

`Remarkable… Put The Dove Keepers at the pinnacle of Hoffman’s extraordinary body of work. I was blown away.’

I have always believed that when we read a book that touches us, that makes an impact on our lives, that it is important to tell others so that they may also gain from it. This is one of those books. I urge you, for a reading experience that will lift your soul, find this book and cloister yourself away with it. Tell the world you do not want to be disturbed; just be alone to soak in the beautiful, heart-wrenching narrative. I will say it now – this is my MAJOR recommendation for 2012, I can’t wait until the end of the year to compare it to everything else I have read and put it on my Top Twenty list. I have no doubt it will be NUMERO UNO; you need to read it NOW.

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