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Trivia About The Fifth Servant. Here are two quotes from conversations with the main Characters.

Where this book more than succeeded for me was in bringing the time period to life. There is one divorce, a Judeo-Christian marriage, a witch hunt, a whore with a golden heart, and much time spent in prayer and discussion of the Talmud. The Fifth Servant is an entertaining adventure with something for ziervo Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The shopkeeper and his family are arrested, charged with blood libel, th The Fifth Servant William Morrow is the story of Benyamin Ben-Akiva, a young Polish Talmudic scholar who follows his wife to her hometown of Prague in Both mystery fans and fans of historical fiction will enjoy the novel.

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.

The shopkeeper, his wife and daughter are arrested. Books by Kenneth Wishnia. To wit, I offer the following really rough analogy: When Benyamin’s friend Acosta is surrounded by an angry mob and ksnneth to death while onlookers stand by silently he realizes “Never before had I understood so strongly how there are times when doing nothing can be a deadly sin.


When Benyamin is on the page, it’s all told in the first person. Jan 15, Keith rated it liked it. It didn’t do any damage to my enjoyment qhinto the story since I plan on reading this one soervo. The Fifth Servant was not quite I expected, but I did enjoy it. He knows he cannot do it alone. But although that makes it intellectually interesting, it ultimately weakens the plot.

The story was well paced and kept me interested throughout. Sadly, I was not able to follow the action.

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It’s obvious that Kenneth Wishnia has done his research and spent much time and effort in creating a book that would, as accurately as possible, capture 16th century Prague. He is a newcomer who hasn’t yet proven his value. I think the best way to review The Fifth Servant is to look at it two ways; first, as a murder mystery and second, as a historical novel dealing with the friction in 16th century Prague between the Christians and the Jews.

Holy Week and Eastertide were especially risky, and a gambling man would say that we were long overdue for old-fashioned Jew-hatred.

The Fifth Servant

A pseudonym used by K. But I couldn’t have told you much more than that.


This is a book that requires not only careful reading, but a score card. Her body, drained of blood, is found in a Jewish shop. The plot starts out tight enough: I could feel the fear and anger expressed by both Jew and Christian as tempers flared as the situation was reaching critical mass. Dec 29, Wendy rated it liked it. Intelligent humor, deep cultural references, and intriguing plot. The Catholic Church kennetth that region was very powerful and punitive.

If I don’t end up doing that, so much the better. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. For a story with so much potential, it fell very flat. I still can’t really tell you how Benyamin solves it because the end is so rushed that I’m sure I missed something.

But although custom and law keep Christians and Jews separate, Wishnia’s inquisitive student rabbi finds a web of illicit trade that soervo the two communities.

There was simply too much going on. I felt like I was there with the main characters. English Choose a language for shopping.

Mar 18, Cyndi rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.