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Asenath Paperback – September 24, 2011
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Patricio starts Asenath off by introducing us to Kiya a young fisherwoman's girl. I had no clue who this would be at first, in fact, it made me wonder if they'd give a little bit of this story and set Kiya up as Asenath's mother. While I will not say one way or the other on what happened, suffice to say I was thoroughly surprised. It seemed as if this story really diverged from what I would have expected. With the lack of biblical information on Asenath though, perhaps that is to be expected, either way, it left me feeling a bit `off.' The story seemed to jump around a lot, we'd be in one area and then we would jump to another. There also did not seem to be much editing of this story.
Either way, while the basic story was entertaining, it's not one I would care to read again. There are far better books out there about Joseph and Asenath, even if the book is not primarily about Asenath you can find out plenty in other books. Feel free to check my reviews for a book I've read about Joseph that I found had a plausible background for Asenath. I give this book 2.5/5 stars, however for purposes of Amazon, I will round up to 3.
She is a historical character, the wife of Joseph. The story brings to life the tale of Joseph and the coat of many colors, saw from her perspective.
I enjoyed it. It is always good to read a story and actually learn something from it. It is a fictional story, but the background characters and scenery are almost credible. The love story is sweet and tender; and there are no highly disturbing moments.
Why I put four instead of five stars? Three main reasons:
- The main characters try too hard to stay in character, I mean... the good guys are all goodness. Never a slip, or a mischievous smile, or those moments that make people human.
- The writing fluctuates in tone. Some other reviewers mentioned this already from the side of using modern words. I don't mind them; as Egypt is not UK... how do we know the way they talked? But the tone suffers jumps at certain points, it is like they changed the narrator.
- There were some moments where the story was not strong enough to overpower the historical skepticism. Maybe it is prejudice, but I find the liberties she takes to come and go, the fact of living alone, etc hard to take for that historical period. I do know that women had certain power, but still doesn't ring true. Another random moment that made me doubt of the research was when she looked at herself in the mirror. I don't know much about it, but as long as I do know, mirrors were small and made out of copper... it seems hard to get the overpowering sensations she got from one of those mirrors.