This book is a short easy read. I think it's best done in one sitting to appreciate the story.
Now I know where Mario Puzzo got his inspiration for the last part of the Godfather.
Two things stand out in this book.
First and most obvious, a woman has major role in the story. Extremely rare in the Bible.
Second, God is COMPLETELY absent from the story. No input from the big guy. No one praising or praying to him. Just a story about hate, murder, revenge and power. Ala, The Godfather.
The book starts off with one of the most misogynistic pieces so far. A drunken King Ahasuerus want to parade his hot wife around for his friends at a party. She doesn't want to be treated as such and the result is the king and his buddies creating a law that commands women to submit to their husbands (I'm surprised this law didn't exist already!) Of course, the king is going to need a new wife! Enter Esther.
This is were the story gets good. I won't ruin the ending for you but let's just say the word Jew can easily be replaced with Corleone.
Obviously the Jews in this book believed in "Do unto others" but not the "as you would have them do unto you" part of the saying!