The Book of Splendor

The Book of Splendor

Book - 2002
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Frances Sherwood brings to life the experience of the Jewish community during a period of oppression and rebirth. Set in seventeenth-century Prague, The Book of Splendor is an adventure-filled romance stocked with court intrigue and political tension, including the machinations of the rival Ottoman Empire, the religious controversies of Protestantism, and the constant threat of violence to the Jewish community. At the heart of the novel is Rochel, a bastard seamstress who escapes poverty through an arranged marriage to the tailor Zev, but falls in love with Yossel, the Golem created by Rabbi Loew to protect the Jewish community. Meanwhile, Emperor Rudolph II puts the safety of all Prague at risk in his mad bid for an elixir of immortality. The Book of Splendor is an epic tale reminiscent of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent, and a love story as unlikely as Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring. Reading group guide included.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393021387
Branch Call Number: FIC SHE
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Jul 08, 2020

an interesting story--comical, whimsical, and weird at times. Some of the characters are endearing and others are "over the top". There are interesting bits of info about that time in history. I hope they are based on facts.


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