: El quinto siervo (Spanish Edition) () by Kenneth Wishnia and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books. A brilliantly imagined, beautifully written combination of scrupulously researched historical novel and riveting suspense thriller, Kenneth Wishnia’s The F. In , as the Catholic and Protestants battle for control of the soul of Europe, Prague is a safe harbor in the religious storm. The city is a refuge for Jews, but.
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It’s also a brutally honest look at European history during the late s. Wishnia describes in painful detail the torture of Jews questioned by the Inquisition as a precursor to its persecution of Christian heretics.
I felt I could smell the cooking and the offal. Anya is a Christian woman, the daughter of a butcher. This is a book that siwrvo not only careful reading, but a score card.
The Fifth Servant
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Please try again later. I think if you come to The Fifth Servant expecting a murder mystery you will likely be disappointed, not because there isn’t a crime to be solved but because the investigation seems less important than the characterization and the discussion of religious ideas and exploration of the novel’s fascinating historical setting.
The Jews were an easy target for derision in a populace where they were vastly outnumbered and forced to live in a walled ghetto. The author obviously did a I am fascinated by the medieval Jewish community.
The Fifth Servant by Kenneth Wishnia
He traveled from his home in Poland, following his wife, a woman who feels betrayed by him. Manufacturer warranty may not apply Learn more about Amazon Global Store. It didn’t do any damage to my eiervo of the story since I plan on reading this one again. Wishnia makes history come alive. Feb 26, Jennifer rated it quint liked it. I started out liking it but liked it less and less as I went along until at the end, it was all I could do to finish it.
It’s a look at the price of ignorance and e. To wit, I offer the following really rough analogy: I am not Jewish by either faith or ethnicity, so the fact that I found the book fascinating would only be magnified for Jewish readers.
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The Fifth Servant is an entertaining adventure with something for everyone: The author uses Czech, German, and Yiddish oenneth the book. Apr 07, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: But I couldn’t have told you much more than that. W A murder mystery set in the 16th century, in a Jewish ghetto in Prague. This book is a whirlwind of activity, personalities, and conflicting ideologies. The story follows Benyamin’s investigation as he sierbo forced to race against the clock to try and save not only the accused, but the entire Jewish community from a violent uprising.
As an outsider, Benjamin is able to view the situation with a relatively non-judgmental eye. It was confusing, anachronistic, and crude. Where this book more than succeeded for me was in bringing the time period to life. It is not an easy re I think if you come to The Fifth Servant expecting a murder mystery you will likely be disappointed, not because there isn’t a crime to wuinto solved but because the investigation seems less important than the characterization and the discussion of religious ideas and exploration of the novel’s fascinating historical setting.
Mar 02, CoffeeBook Chick rated it really liked it. To save the shopkeeper and his family and prevent Christian riots from looting and burning the Jewish ghetto, a rabbinic student must fi My review for the AP: Trivia About The Fifth Servant.
Benyamin, a clever Talmudic from Poland, is given three days to bring the true killer to justice. Too often I felt removed from his exotic world by all the information rather than absorbed into this fascinating place and time. It makes it easier to keep track of all the pieces. It is not an easy read however as Wishnia not only splatters his prose with phrases from Hebrew, Yiddish, Czech and German but also includes some theological discussion that may be hard to follow for those unfamiliar with the Talmud or the competing medieval Christian theologies.
He is a newcomer who hasn’t yet proven his value. I’m really torn on how to review this book. Still, in spite of those weaknesses I found The Fifth Servant to be a fascinating and rewarding read.