The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther (KINDLE)

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The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther Free download ë 5 For centuries her name has been a byword for feminine beauty guile and wisdom This sweeping meticulously researched novel restores Esther to her full complex humanity while reanimating the glittering Persian empire in which. Here s the deal very minor problems can sour a novel and this book is filled with minor problems and unfortunately some major ones as well One problem is the author doesn t know how she feels about her characters It s as though she s developed them haphazardly with no thought for consistency or cohesion The relationships between characters are not believable The behaviors of the characters are not believable A major problem is that the plot disappears at one point never really to resurface The story of ueen Esther is rich and complex and the author almost seems to use it well only to completely fail There are some serious descriptive problems as well For example and I m embellishing ever so slightly here My sorrow flowed from me like a red blood river that filled the coffers of my enemies with its bittersweet fragranceNo actually I take that back there s no embellishment there at all The book is filled with similar phrases and while at first they seem uite lovely and poetic by the end of the novel you want to stab your eyes out so that you too might weep a red blood river The Language of Thorns Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic you want to stab Vanishing Girls: Detective Josie Quinn you too might weep a red blood river

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The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther Free download ë 5 Her story unfolded Esther comes to that land as a terrified Jewish orphan betrothed to her cousin a well connected courtier She finds a world racked by intrigue and unfathomable hatreds and realizes that the only way to surv. The Gilded Chamber 0 14 303533 9I cannot help but echo the reviewers who compared this to Falconer s The Sultan s Harem The similarities are there a young woman plucked out of her happy familiar life in order to sexually service a demanding despot whilst simultaneously fighting tooth and nail against the other fortunate girls for a favored position in this unfavorable environment But here is where Falconer shines and Kohn fades the reaction of the girl in uestion to her circumstancesFalconer s Hurrem smolders with hatred and revenge she hates the sultan who bought her she hates the women she is forced to compete with she hates the country that treats her as chattel to be bought and sold The fact that she exacts revenge is secondary to the vital fact that she desires revenge Kohn s Esther on the other hand is placid and sugar sweet pitying the women who seek to displace her Esther s position is never in peril because the author does not allow it to be and it s a shame because it would be nice to see her reaction to someone who actually threatened to supplant her However her character hints that she really wouldn t care one way or another and even goes so far as to fall in love with the tyrant who kidnapped her I m not sure what we are to make of this Xerxes is shown in the novel as a despot He is cruel to his women even going to far as to brutally rape and seriously hurt one of Esther s close friends in the harem He is a drunken lout despised by his own courtiers He denies Esther anything which makes her happy monitoring her eating habits and demanding that she spend less time with an adopted daughter in order to focus on making a legitimate heir It is understandable that Esther would want to placate this dangerous entity but there is nothing here to love We do not despise Esther for her compliance but we do despise her for her capitulation for loving this man who brutalizes her and everything she loves because it pleases him to be cruelI can only guess why Kohn made this authorial decision but I suspect that the love angle was written in to ensure that a certain segment of the target audience wouldn t be offended there are I suppose certain people who would call Esther s integrity into uestion if she sleeps with a man she doesn t love For whatever reason however I believe that this decision hurt the novel badly Instead of an interesting tale of Esther s ingenuity in surviving thriving and insinuating herself into a place to save her people we are given a love lorn woman who regularly laments that the man she loves is just too stupid cruel evil and awful to be the man she deserves Thus is a very interesting story reduced to just a bland romance novel Ana Mardoll uantum Physics and the Multiplicity of Mind young woman plucked out of her happy familiar life in order to sexually service a demanding despot whilst simultaneously fighting tooth and nail against the other fortunate girls for a favored position in this unfavorable environment But here is where Falconer shines and Kohn fades the reaction of the girl in uestion to her circumstancesFalconer s Hurrem smolders with hatred and revenge she hates the sultan who bought her she hates the women she is forced to compete with she hates the country that treats her as chattel to be bought and sold The fact that she exacts revenge is secondary to the vital fact that she desires revenge Kohn s Esther on the other hand is placid and sugar sweet pitying the women who seek to displace her Esther s position is never in peril because the author does not allow it to be and it s a shame because it would be nice to see her reaction to someone who actually threatened to supplant her However her character hints that she really wouldn t care one way or another and even goes so far as to fall in love with the tyrant who kidnapped her I m not sure what we are to make of this Xerxes is shown in the novel as a despot He is cruel to his women even going to far as to brutally rape and seriously hurt one of Esther s close friends in the harem He is a drunken lout despised by his own courtiers He denies Esther anything which makes her happy monitoring her eating habits and demanding that she spend less time with an adopted daughter in order to focus on making a legitimate heir It is understandable that Esther would want to placate this dangerous entity but there is nothing here to love We do not despise Esther for her compliance but we do despise her for her capitulation for loving this man who brutalizes her and everything she loves because it pleases him to be cruelI can only guess why Kohn made this authorial decision but I suspect that the love angle was written in to ensure that a certain segment of the target audience wouldn t be offended there are I suppose certain people who would call Esther s integrity into uestion if she sleeps with a man she doesn t love For whatever reason however I believe that this decision hurt the novel badly Instead of an interesting tale of Esther s ingenuity in surviving thriving and insinuating herself into a place to save her people we are given a love lorn woman who regularly laments that the man she loves is just too stupid cruel evil and awful to be the man she deserves Thus is a very interesting story reduced to just a bland romance novel Ana Mardoll

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The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther Free download ë 5 Ive is to win the heart of its king Passionate suspenseful and historically authentic The Gilded Chamber illuminates the dilemma of a woman torn between her heart and her sense of duty resulting in pure narrative enchantment. This behind the scenes glimpse of an emancipated royal concubine is one undergirded in Orientalist romanticism It completely reifies the 2 300 yr old Western stereotype of exotic harem behavior I nearly threw up when the author described homosexual activity within the harem not because I didn t enjoy the visuals but because it was SO PREDICTABLE I would hesitate to compare The Guilded Chamber to The Red Tent just because the main character is Jewish woman and the story is told from a female perspective The writing was simplistic at best and the plot was trite Esther s excessive musings over her late mother and her estranged cousin husband and the all too obvious foreshadowing ruined the storyline for me I dreaded reading the book until the last 100 pages or so when a few interesting characters were finally introducedIf you ve read the Red Tent and The Guided Chamber and are interested in other readings about Jewish woman in historically based yet fanciful settings may I suggest Flowers in the Blood by Guy Couter It s a fantastic story and is very well written


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    The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther (KINDLE) I was really looking foreword to reading this book Because it's about one of my favorite subjects ueen EstherBut I ended up reading only 2 or

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    The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther (KINDLE) review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free × Rebecca Kohn Here's the deal very minor problems can sour a novel and this book is filled with minor problems; and unfortunat

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    The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther (KINDLE) I read this book in early 2008 after buying it for a dollar from Borders I remember being drawn into it at first but couldn't believe

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    The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther (KINDLE) “I carried my grace and kindness before the king He did not know my name my people or my descent He did not care Desire seized his senses and roused him from the lethargy and indifference He tasted life again as his old self the man he was before the loss of Vashti and the defeat in Greece For this King Xerxes loved me than all the other women”What a gem of a book I picked this a couple of years of ago at a discount booksell

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    The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther (KINDLE) review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free × Rebecca Kohn review The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther The Gilded Chamber 0 14 303533 9I cannot help but echo the reviewers who compared this to Falconer's The Sultan's Harem The similarities are there a young woman plucked out of her happy familiar life in order to

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    review The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther (KINDLE) review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free × Rebecca Kohn The Gilded Chamber is pretty much a verbatim of The Book of Esther in the Old Testament I pulled out my Bible read Book of Esther and the author Rebecca Kohn used just about all of the text and then wove a tale to fill in the blanks to make her story albeit something like a soft pornSo for those of you who do not know The Book of Esther errrather The Gildedd Chamber here is the storyWhen King Xerxes commands his wife to display herself in

  7. says: review The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther (KINDLE) Rebecca Kohn × 5 Summary

    review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free × Rebecca Kohn Rebecca Kohn × 5 Summary review The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther This behind the scenes glimpse of an emancipated royal concubine is one undergirded in Orientalist romanticism It completely reifies the 2 300 yr old Western stereotype of exotic harem behavior I nearly threw up when the author described homo

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    Rebecca Kohn × 5 Summary review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free × Rebecca Kohn review The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther A It's not smutB It's a realistic take on the Biblical tale of ueen EstherC It's a good imagining of it with characters brought to life with different motivations and fully realized charactersD There's actually not much sex at all At all If you can't handle a Bible with harems slaves and eunuchs what version are you reading? Seriously

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    review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free × Rebecca Kohn Rebecca Kohn × 5 Summary review The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther The story of ueen Esther was lost especially in the first half among the numerous details of the preparation of the young girls for King Xerxes' bed It is obvious that Kohn did a lot of historical and Biblical rese

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    The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther (KINDLE) Garnered from the synopsis author commentary and random excerpts I understood this to be a non sterilized historically sound creatively fictionalized account of ueen Esther's life as retold from the biblical book of Esther In a general sense it is And that's fine Creative liberties that fill in gaps or bring clarity or transport me

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  • Paperback
  • 353
  • The Gilded Chamber A Novel of ueen Esther
  • Rebecca Kohn
  • English
  • 26 July 2020
  • 9780143035336