Gilded Chamber: A Novel of Queen Esther

Gilded Chamber A Novel of Queen Esther In the Bestselling tradition of The Red Tent a dazzling novel of the extraordinary biblical heroine who ascended to the position of queen and sacrificed love in exchange for the lives of her people T

  • Title: Gilded Chamber: A Novel of Queen Esther
  • Author: Rebecca Kohn
  • ISBN: 9781590710241
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the Bestselling tradition of The Red Tent, a dazzling novel of the extraordinary biblical heroine who ascended to the position of queen and sacrificed love in exchange for the lives of her people The story of Esther whose mesmerizing beauty was matched only by her clear eyed wisdom has inspired women for centuries Now her suspenseful tale comes to life through theIn the Bestselling tradition of The Red Tent, a dazzling novel of the extraordinary biblical heroine who ascended to the position of queen and sacrificed love in exchange for the lives of her people.The story of Esther whose mesmerizing beauty was matched only by her clear eyed wisdom has inspired women for centuries Now her suspenseful tale comes to life through the eyes of a contemporary woman, debut novelist Rebecca Kohn Capturing the passionate longings and political danger that have made Esther s legacy so timeless, The Gilded Chamber blends meticulous research with gripping storytelling to transport us to an ancient time in the far flung Persian Empire.Orphaned and terrified, Esther journeys across the River Tigris to start a new life with her cousin a man well positioned in the court, and to whom she is betrothed Her transformation from girl to woman unfolds against a lavish backdrop of the royal court and harem, rife with intrigue and daring alliances Esther wins much of what she seeks the heart of a king, and the deliverance of her people But her rise to the role of queen is not without a price she must turn her back on all that she ever wanted, and give her body to a man she can never love.In a haunting, unflinching voice, The Gilded Chamber illuminates an epic dilemma between the yearnings of a woman s heart and the obligations imposed on her by fate In Esther s case, choice makes history and unforgettable reading

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    1. I was really looking foreword to reading this book, Because it's about one of my favorite subjects (Queen Esther).But I ended up reading only 2 or 3 pages and closed the book, because I couldn't believe how graphic (sexual) it wasd I'm sorry but I was Disgusted by it.Now I know and love the story of Queen Esther very well, so i fond this book very distasteful.And also it's NOT a book for all ages.

    2. 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 resu [...]

    3. 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 how graphic (sexual) it was. The word that comes to mind is smut. Total smut. Normally after I finish a book I own and didn't like, I donate it. This one, I threw away. It wasn't even good enough to recycle.

    4. 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 question to her circumstanc [...]

    5. “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 more than all the other women.”What a gem of a book! I picked this a couple of years of ago at a discount booksellers on a clearance rack. The premise caught my eye: a [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 porn.So, for those of you who do not know The Book of Esther, errrather The Gildedd Chamber, here is the story:When King Xerxes commands his wife to display herself infront of his men in nothing but a turban, she r [...]

    8. Garnered from the synopsis, author commentary, and random excerpts, I understood this to be a non-sterilized, historically sound, creatively fictionalized account of Queen 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 to another time or place can truly enhance a story in a positive way. However, and that's a big CAUTIONARY however, some of the liberties Kohn takes are o [...]

    9. Rebecca Kohn hasn't exactly created a masterpiece in The Gilded Chamber, with an unsatisfying climax and a style that seems to strain its first-person capabilities, but she has written a solid work that pretty well taps into an incredibly powerful narrative tradition behind the Bible.Kohn's prose vacillates between poetry and cringe-inducing -- Esther refers to her sexuality as "her flower," for God's sake, on multiple occasions, and it doesn't matter that this is the kind of modest metaphor Est [...]

    10. I was really drawn into this book right away. I didn't know anything about Esther, so I can't really comment on the historical/Biblical accuracy of the story. The plot moves along very quickly in the beginning, with Esther (then called Hadassah) being orphaned in Babylon and going to live with her cousin/husband-to-be Mordechai in Persia. Mordechai, however, is now known as Marduka the Babylonian, an adviser to King Xerxes I. Before Hadassah can sort out whether or not her cousin still intends t [...]

    11. It may be that with two stars I'm being too generous, but then having tried this novel of Queen Esther after the eye-bleedingly awful The Other Boleyn Girl, this didn't seem so wretched in comparison. Which doesn't mean it's good, and it didn't hold my interest and only its appearance on a historical fiction recommendation list caused me to give it over 50 pages. I wasn't taken with the style at all. For one, this is first person, yet early on she's telling us of scenes in the palace with Xerxes [...]

    12. The story is a familiar one, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan, is being brought to the court of King Xerxes as a possible queen. Hiding her Jewish origins she changes her name to Esther, becomes queen and saves the Jews from certain death (nowlet's eat). The book itself is very inventive, I must give the author credit and I really enjoyed the first part of the book. However, for me the book took a wrong turn by not sticking with the biblical timeline and taking too many liberties with the "fiction" par [...]

    13. I had a lot of flying time last weekend, so this was a $1 novel that I picked up, intending to discard at my destination.I didn't discard The Gilded Chamber, but actually carried it back. I enjoy historical fiction -- history leaves me asleep if I don't have a character(s) to experience life through.Queen Esther once again showed how women have spent much of humankind's time on earth valued only for their beauty and sexuality. It is chilling how a girl really, selected for her virginity and beau [...]

    14. A very sad, and at times stomach-churning and graphic tale of Queen Ester, this book was so depressing. I like to think that somehow, God offered His grace to Ester for her faithfulness, maybe offering her some brief times of happiness. There were none in this book. There were also so many unnecessary details of this book that I found disturbing. Ester saw her father's brains smashed on the road. She was frequently molested by a Eunuch (which was completely illogical to me.) A harem girl was mol [...]

    15. This is an historical novel based on the life of Queen Esther on which the Bible's book of Esther is based. Esther is a beautiful young Jewish girl of fourteen when she is abducted, as were many other young virgins, at King Xerxes order to join the king's harem from which a new queen would be chosen. This is the same King Xerxes who sat on a mountain top and watched his Persian army defeat the 300 Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae. Esther is chosed to be the new queen and Mrs.Kohn describes [...]

    16. The story of Esther is told as if we could see her daily worries, the trials she faced in Xerxes royal spherebut this removed all the inspiration from the tale. She wasn't especially strong, faithful, beautiful, perhaps she was described as humble as in the Bible. It was depressing and sad. A little too much realism for me while still being unrealisticif that makes sense.

    17. I thought it was interesting historically. I became much more interested in Esther and what happened to her after the book of the Bible was finished. It reminded me of The Red Tent and, it made me happy I was a woman in Americat in the Middle East.

    18. I loved this book! I couldn't put it down! A fascinating fictional-based-on-fact account of Esther from the bible. It's an awesome description of what life may have been like in ancient Persia, in a harem, in a palance, and outside in the real world. I highly recommend it!

    19. I really wanted to like this, but despite enjoying the story I feel like the entire thing fell flat. I kept wanting Kohn to go deeper with the characters and their feelings. Esther seemed concerned about the impending slaughter of the Jews, but other plots distracted her often and she never truly seemed very fearful of what might happen. Esther's emotions fell flat: she should have been miserable trapped in the palace, but she seemed more inconvenienced, she had lust and sexual desire for the ki [...]

    20. I didn't expect much from this book. Stories based on the Bible tend to turn out either as extremely liberal interpretations that bear little resemblance to anything that would have been written in those times, or over-faithful recreations of the exact scenes with the exact words used in the Bible that leave one wondering, why not just read the original? I won't say that The Gilded Chamber is a perfect balance of new and old, because it isn't. But it comes closer than any I have found so far and [...]

    21. I got halfway through; had no more interest. Too much description of the king's wealth and too much female repression. Lost interest.

    22. This one, among the books of Esther, was decently written. However, it still couldn't help but steep itself in misogyny. After being forced to sexually entertain the king, she - in her own mind - explicitly says she has forgotten that this man caused her father's murder, her own kidnapping, her digital rape in the harem as she was prepared for the king forgotten. And why? Because the king is oh, such a man. He has awakened her desire. Two stars. One because the writing is engaging. The other be [...]

    23. kitap konuyu biraz üstünkörü geçmiş gibi ayrıca geçmişi hatırlama bölümlerinde aynı hatıranın tekrarlanması sıkıcıydı.

    24. More like 4.5. Truly beautiful writing and a very interesting take on Esther being in love with her cousin.

    25. Quando peguei neste livro, sabia exatamente ao que ia. Pela sinopse, mas não só, são-nos dadas informações suficientes para se perceber do que se trata: o percurso de vida de Ester, personagem bíblica do Velho Testamento, no distante império persa de outros tempos. O título contribui para aguçar a curiosidade por mundos e sociedades que as imagens da capa, já de si, deixam antever.A história não desilude; antes pelo contrário, é esplêndida e poderosa. A pesquisa histórica foi cui [...]

    26. I really enjoyed this story. I feel like the climax though, was just kind of glossed over. It was like all this leading up to it, and then suddenly, everything was just OK. Still though, very descriptive, and a great setting.

    27. Right from the get-go I'll mention this: I'm a little torn on how to rate this book.When I first picked up the book I read through half of it in one sitting, completely absorbed by the story and beautiful writing. However, after that I slowly lost interest between every reading session. It felt as though the mid-to-end part somewhat lost itself and the very minimal amount of story that we had became even less recognizable to the point when it felt lost altogether. Towards the end it once again g [...]

    28. mariesbookgarden/I wouldn't have picked this up so soon after rereading The Red Tent, but my 8-year-old son was in a play about Queen Esther this week and I had a business trip, so Queen Esther it was.Kohn's writing was not nearly as strong as Anita Diamant's, but I did have some similar issues about perspective. The novel was told in the first person, but Esther seemed to be omnipresent. It was interesting and disturbing to read about harem life and the subjugated roles that women led in this e [...]

    29. I really liked most of the book and the rating should be 3.5 if that were possible. I never really understood the Jewish holiday of Purim and now I do. My problem with the book was that the last part of it sped through major events and characters without the wonderful detail found in the first part of the book. The author appeared to be as faithful as possible to the historical record, but according to the interview with her in the version of the book I read, she made up the edict for new virgin [...]

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