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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: The death rekindles Christian beliefs that Jews sacrifice humans for blood to use in making matzo for the holiday. Feb 21, Lydia Presley rated it liked it Shelves: But as the story progressed I found myself, not necessarily understanding the words, becoming more familiar with them.

Jan 22, Caitlin rated it really liked it Shelves: The premise is fascinating, but the book was way too complicated for me. He’s clever and tends to crack wise almost as much as a modern day shamus. Set in late 16th century Prague during the inquisition when Catholics and Protestants are battling for control, the Jewish people in the kennetg are going about their lives, hoping attention is not turned on them.

The Fifth Servant

Which leads me to the second thing this book is, a historical novel. A peace that’s shattered when a young girl is found shot to death with her throat slit, as part of an alleged ritual in a Jewish merchant’s shop. Fortunate 16th century Jewish Prague is a bustling ghetto filled with those who embrace the isolation from the larger community and those that chafe against it.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Vey iz mir, I did not realize there was a glossary at the end of the book until I was done. I read this book mostly because David Liss blurbed the back cover and I am a big fan of his historical fiction.

Finally, who doesn’t like a good golem story? The fascinating parts of the book, to me, dealt with the relationships between Catholics and Protestants, Christians and Jews, Jews and Jews traditional vs.


The people of Israel have always been called to be a separate people, Us vs. I am fascinated by the medieval Jewish community. Share your thoughts with other customers. Benyamin, a clever Talmudic from Poland, is given three days to bring the true killer to justice.

At times I lost the train of the plot or the vividness of the characters amidst the plenty. May 04, Ryan rated it liked it Shelves: I think this story did a fantastic job of describing the lives of those in the Prague Jewish ghetto. It was confusing, anachronistic, and crude.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Even the postscriptum is sad and pointless. This book is a whirlwind of activity, personalities, and conflicting ideologies. The Jews were an easy target for derision in a populace where they were vastly outnumbered and forced to live in a walled ghetto.

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 clear voice that is related to the individual’s shared culture. Days before Easter in Prague ina Christian girl is murdered and her body, drained of blood, is dumped in a Jewish shop on the eve of Passover.

English Choose a language for shopping. The story was well paced and kept me interested throughout. Intelligent humor, deep wisunia references, and intriguing plot. This is a book that requires not only careful reading, but a score card.

El quinto siervo – A01, Kenneth Wishnia – Google Books

A lot of the story is depressing and rather difficult to get through, though probably realistic for Jews in that time and place, and wisnia conclusion was a bit abrupt. After a young Christian girl is found 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: The hostility between the various religious factions was a big focus of the novel.

Essentially a detective story set in the Poland ofwith the protagonist being a freethinking Talmudic scholar named Benyamin ben-Akiva. The Fifth Servant offers so much to the reader, insight on everything from history to religion, that at times it becomes overwhelming and difficult to follow.

Whether it is a group of Jesuits walking on the cobbled streets, or a tough scene of torture and interrogation of a potential “witch,” Wishnia has superbly captured scenes so vivid that in several instances, a moment of reflection was needed before proceeding. The shopkeeper and his family are arrested, but more is at stake than just their freedom as the Christians may use this The Fifth Servant by Kenneth Quuinto is a complex historical fiction murder mystery, taking place in in Prague where Jews take refuge within the gated walls of a ghetto in one of the few places they are actually allowed to live.


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Wishnia imagined how people in the 16th Century thought. Benyamin is not only a scholar but a proud Jew with a temper which he finds difficult to control. Wishnia does provide a helpful glossary in the back of the book, however he does a fantastic job of sentence structure to contextualize it so that you may not need to use the glossary.

While I do wish the mystery played a more central part throughout the story, I could accept that the primary discussion Wishnia focused on was of the interaction and struggles that the Jewish community experienced during this time. The mystery itself, the search for what happened to the aiervo girl, seemed almost secondary to the other events taking place in the book. We all need to be more concerned with social justice and with our histories and this book amply illustrates that although not in a didactic way.

The city is a refuge for Jews, but their lives are jeopardized when a young Christian wkshnia is found with her throat slashed in a Jewish shop. Many disturbing events are also detailed, one of which is the requirement that Jews wear yellow badges – this in the 16th century.

The fascinating parts of the book, to me, dealt with the relationships between Catholics and Protestants, Christians and Jews, Jews and Jews traditi I realized as I approached the end of this book–basically a murder mystery set in sixteenth century Prague–that I couldn’t really figure out “who dunnit?