Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Triumph of Deborah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy

Title: The Triumph of Deborah
Author: Eva Etzioni-Halevy
ISBN: 9780452289062
Publisher: A Plume Book/2008
Pages: 355

Book Blurb:

In ancient Israel, war is looming. Deborah, a highly respected leader, has coerced the warrior Barak into launching a strike against the neighboring Canaanites. Against all odds he succeeds, returning triumphantly with Asherah and Nogah, daughters of the Canaanite King, as his prisoners. But military victory is only the beginning of the turmoil, as a complex love triangle develops between Barak and the two princesses.

Deborah, recently cast off by her husband, develops a surprising affinity for Barak. Yet she struggles to rebuild her existence on her own terms, while also groping her way toward the greatest triumph of her life.

What led you to pick up this book?

It was doing the rounds of book blogging world. The storyline pulled me in. I asked Eva for a copy and she was kind enough to send me one.

What did you like most about the book?

I like the strong character of Deborah. In those times when women had no say, she was widely respected for her wisdom. I also learnt a lot about Israel's history. Many a things might have changed but some remain the same way. Our culture is embedded in us. I felt so is the Israel culture. I found many a similarities between Hindu and Canaanite weddings.

What did you like least?

I think the sex scenes could have been toned down a bit. At a few points I felt Barak was only ruled by his desires of the flesh. So that kind of detracts from the storyline.

What did you think of the writing style?

Etzioni-Halevy's writing is simple. It does help the reader to be engrossed in the novel.

Which of your readers are most likely to enjoy this book? Why?

Those who like history and wish to know more about religion will like it. It clearly depicts geography and makes a socio-political statement for that period of time.

What did you think of the main character? What is the central character’s biggest problem?

Deborah is a wonderful woman, strong-willed and very objective in her views. She can forsee the future, abhors war yet knows that it is needed too. Her biggest problem is that at one point of time she listens to her heart than her mind. This affects her relationship with her husband.

What did you think of the ending?

I liked it. With the help of Deborah, Asherah and Nogah, peace finally prevails. War is given up for good.

Do you recommend this book? If you use a rating system, what’s your rating?

Yes, I do recommend it for all those who like historical fiction and I rate it 3.5/5. In other words, I liked it.