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Wisbnia por calumnia, el tendero y su familia son arrestados. However when it came to actual character development there were simply too many people in the story for all of them to feel dimensional and many came across as caricatures, for example the prostitute with the heart of gold or the friendly giant with mental disabilities.

This well researched historical novel gives significant insight into long running religious conflict. Wishnia imagined how people in the 16th Century thought.

The Fifth Servant

Essentially a detective story wisjnia in the Poland ofwith the protagonist being a freethinking Talmudic scholar named Benyamin ben-Akiva. I learned a lot about Jewish culture and rituals from quinti book. I wanted to understand what was going on, but at times the story simply became too complex and with too much random information for it to really be clear in my head.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The mystery itself, the search for what happened to the murdered girl, seemed almost secondary to the other events taking place in the book.

This is a complicated story, but the author balances the plot complexities and the mix of cultures and languages deftly by giving each character no matter how minor a quinfo voice that is related to the individual’s shared culture.


Feb 26, Jennifer rated it really liked it. Apr 22, Brian Maicke rated it really liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The shopkeeper, his wife and daughter are arrested.

The spiritual and personal challenges of Ben-Akiva and others provided fantastic character development, and I enjoyed the insight into these characters. I think the best way to review The Fifth Servant e, to look at it two ways; first, as a murder mystery and second, kenbeth a historical novel dealing with the friction in 16th century Prague between the Christians and the Jews.

The protagonist is a young rabbi in training from Poland who follows his wife back to her home town of Prague. Filled with heavily detailed descriptions of life in the Jewish quarter, woven through with Talmudic arguments, Yiddish and Hebrew, Jewish law and custom, it is an education in itself.

And maybe that’s the overlying theme of this book. But although that makes it intellectually interesting, it ultimately weakens the plot. As a murder mystery, I found The Fifth Servant to be lacking. The place of women within that society is depicted as well, in subplots involving a suspected witchcraft practitioner and a forbidden! Here are two quotes from conversations with the main Characters. My interest was kept partly because of learning about the setting.

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The language is relatively modern, but the author makes an argument about this by talking about old tales written in Yiddish that are colloquial and very modern in their sound. Once I did, though, it was a highly enjoyable read. This book gave me a glimpse into the day to day lives of Jewish people who are forced to live in a walled ghetto, surrounded by thousands of people who would gladly kdnneth them for the smallest reason.

Dec 29, Wendy kennerh it liked it. The book sounds like, from the synopsis, that it’s going to be a historical murder mystery. While Wishnia succeeds in conveying character and setting, I did find the action at times confusing and was baffled by the decision to write some parts in the first person and other sections in the third person.


After a young Quinho girl is kennetth murdered in a Jewish shop just outside the ghetto, mere days after the fifth shammus translated as servant of the community arrives to start his employment, the community fears the worst: At times, the Jewishness was a little much for a goy like myself–lots of references to the Talmud and the Mishnah as well as all sorts of references to Judaic scholars.

There are many characters in the book but and they are all very well drawn.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. If anyone had told me previously that I’d be thoroughly engrossed by a mystery involving a Jewish shammes or sexton of a synogogue in 16th Century Prague, I’d probably have been skeptical.

I still can’t really tell you how Benyamin solves it because the end is so rushed that I’m sure I missed something. I could hear the prayers, the debates and the screams. Sadly, I was not able to follow the action. It’s a disturbing look at hundreds of years of prejudice against people just because wisgnia are different. While I truly enjoyed this book, it is not for everyone but really, what book is?