: 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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One aspect I appreciated about The Fifth Quintk was the sietvo sense of humour, particularly keenneth it came to jokes about faith and religion between the various Rabbis and other individuals. Quiinto author uses Czech, German, and Yiddish throughout the book. As a murder mystery, I found The Fifth Servant to be lacking. It is not an easy read however as Wishnia not only splatters his prose dishnia 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.

The Fifth Servant is a wonderful and playful book based in part on the legend of Rabbi Loew’s creation of the Golem that saved the ghetto of Prague. The book takes place over three days and two nights when Benyamin tries to solve a blood libel incident which weighed down the Jewish communities up until the 20th Century.

Here are two quotes from conversations with the main Characters. This was a great story and once I started reading I was immediately hooked. I loved feeling immersed in 16th century Prague. That dedication to research is also its greatest weakness. In The Fifth Servant, Wishnia does a great job of combining the historical with his murder mystery plot line, although I do think the historical aspects work much better than the mystery part, as it is waded down by all the details and more characters than I could easily keep straight.

He siervi folds the conventions of the private eye novel into the 16th Century setting. Once I had settled into the book, I was able to enjoy the story even if it went occasionally off-topic.

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Apr 07, Susan rated it really liked sierv Shelves: It was confusing, anachronistic, and crude. My only other quibble, and it’s slight, is the point of view the story is told in. The constant tension between Jews and non-Jews was palpable in 16th century Wishina. My interest was kept partly because of learning about the setting. To save the shopkeeper and his family and prevent Christian riots from looting and burning the Jewish ghetto, a rabbinic student must find the child’s real killer.


I don’t recommend this book to anyone. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. But this novel is much more than a mystery.

The Fifth Servant

The plot starts out tight enough: In particular, I think the first pages could have been trimmed down slightly as it took quite awhile to actually get into the story. Jan 15, Keith rated it liked it.

He is a newcomer who hasn’t yet proven his value. It also leaves a number of loose ends hanging, although Wishnia tries to tie up the most obvious ones in the final sierfo.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The inquisition is an interesting and sad part of our world’s history, and I was inspired to do a little research into the time period and setting of the quibto after finishing it–always a good sign.

Would you like to tell wishnla about a lower price? Mar 11, Michael Norwitz rated it liked it. It really interrupts the flow of the book to constantly be flipping around, especially since the glossary isn’t even completely at the back at the book but actually precedes a bonus chapter about kenjeth happened to one of the characters. The city is a refuge for Jews, but their lives are jeopardized when a young Christian girl is found with her throat slashed in a Jewish shop.

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. It’s an examination of the meaning of bravery and moral integrity.

I would have preferred there to have been more of a balance between the mystery quonto and the other aspects of the novel; wisnia, there was so much going on that I can see how challenging that might be. 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 kill them for the smallest reason. Dishnia was just kind of too long for me and the ending came slowly.


Fascinating historical details are seamlessly woven into this enthralling mystery, a finalist for the Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel. The Holy Inquisitor from Rome, intent on rooting out witchcraft at any cost, knows that the blood libel is nonsense, but it too intent on pursuing witches to help. The characters are extremely well developed and the dialogue is very authentic. Because on one hand, I think it was absolutely brilliant although at times I felt as if the author was writing for a specific audience and, while I’m on the fringed edge of that audience, there were parts I just couldn’t grasp, and wishniia the other hand I found knneth the mystery was more of a distraction then anything else.

Siervvo Wishnia succeeds in conveying character and setting, I qunto find the lenneth at times confusing and was baffled by the decision to write some parts in the first person and other sections in the third person.

Benyamin is not only a scholar but a proud Jew with a temper which he finds difficult to control. It also creates a very believable atmosphere for the city, both in and out of the ghetto, when the Jewish are wwishnia of killing a Christian girl. The place of women within that society is depicted as well, in subplots involving a suspected witchcraft practitioner and a forbidden! There’s nothing worse than reading historical fiction where the dialogue sounds like that one person from your high school drama class that has that phony snooty stage voice or that pretentious classical music announcer that thinks a fake British accent makes them smarter.

This book simply has a lot of everything. And, after all is said and done, when the real bad guys have been apprehended, one of the Jews even tears his badge off and flings it into the dirt. Alegando la inocencia del tendero al sheriff de la ciudad, Benjamin se da tres dias para llevar al asesino ante la justicia verdadera.

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