: 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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I know the author is a scholar, but the book reads too complex for a mystery and too superficial for a scholarly work. Shortly after his arrival, a young Christian girl is murdered in a manner that points to the Jews. Sietvo the book is a mystery it is not formulaic and uses a new and unique voice which examines the ancient Jewish texts like the bible, Talmud, Torah, Kabbalah and to my joy The Book of Zohar to tell the story.

May 01, Dawn rated it really liked it Shelves: Trivia About The Fifth Servant.

The Fifth Servant

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? However, the thread of the plot snags and frays into multiple strings that include an Inquisitional Bishop bent on hounding out heresy, a Royal personage interested in science, a Christian maid-servant diervo love with a Jewish scholar, and the protagonist’s awful wife for whom he pines. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Wishnia has indeed done his research. I found it to be none of the above.

I loved feeling immersed in 16th century Prague. It seemed to be a fearful time, one where a cry of witchcraft or blasphemy by a neighbor would be enough to warrant punishment, even torture without a full investigation. Intelligent humor, deep cultural references, and intriguing plot. There are many conflicts in the book, not only between Jews and Christians but also between rich and poor, men and women, freethinking rabbis and their conservative kenenth as well as leaders of the Christian church who see the role of the inquisition as fleshing out heretics and those who are just a bit too happy to use it as an excuse to torture Jews and take their fortune splitting it between the emperor and the Church as was the costume.


At times I lost the train of the plot or the vividness of the characters amidst the plenty. The Fifth Servant was not quite I expected, but I did enjoy it. Kenneth Wishnia has written five diervo mysteries under the name K.

The Catholic Church in that region was very powerful and punitive. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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There was a problem filtering reviews right siero. It didn’t do any damage to my enjoyment of sierbo story since Kennegh plan on reading this one again. It took a while to get into the flow of the novel. Lists with This Book. In particular, I think the first pages could have been trimmed down slightly as kfnneth took quite awhile to actually get into the story.

In addition, the author reveals more of what it’s like to be a Jew, as what the Old Testament refers to as ‘the alien within your gates’. But although that makes it intellectually interesting, it ultimately weakens the plot. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Where Liss introduces a less-than-completely observant in the religious sense private investigator, Wishnia’s ‘detective’ is a shammes who is studying to become a rabbi.

The place of women within that society is depicted as well, in subplots involving a suspected witchcraft practitioner and a forbidden! In kdnneth, the book is prefaced with a short explanation of how the word “shamus” was probably derived from the Yiddish word “shammes. Benyamin’s attempts to reconcile with his wife and Anya with her own internal struggles, including whether or not to pursue forbidden love. Alegando la inocencia del tendero al sheriff de la ciudad, Benjamin se da tres dias para llevar al asesino ante la justicia verdadera.

Characterization is strong throughout the novel and the story boasts some memorable characters which, given the story has quite a wide cast, is important to its success. He brilliantly folds the conventions of the private eye novel into the 16th Century setting. One aspect I appreciated about The Fifth Servant was the surprising sense of humour, particularly when it came to jokes about faith and religion between the various Rabbis and other individuals.


I read this as an e pub book. He is employed as the fifth shames servant of the reformist Rabbi Judah Loew.

Share your thoughts with other customers. 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? Want wishnka Read Currently Reading Read. The protagonist, Benjamin Ben-Akiva, is a new Talmudic wishjia who’s come to Pr 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.

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It also creates a very believable atmosphere for the city, both in and out of the ghetto, when the Jewish are accused of killing a Christian girl. The author provides a dictionary at the end of the book for the Yiddish and German words he uses. Once I had settled into ,enneth book, I was able to enjoy the story even if it went occasionally off-topic.

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. Read more Read less. Richly described and exuding the smells and sounds of what 16th century Prague surely must have been like, Wishnia has clearly researched thoroughly for The Fifth Servant, and it is a strikingly beautiful and gritty look into this time period.

Mar 11, Michael Norwitz rated it liked it. 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. Benyamin is not only a scholar but sidrvo proud Jew with a temper which he finds difficult to control. Gobernada por el emperador Rodolfo II, la ciudad es un refugio para los judios que viven dentro de las paredes cerradas del barrio.

The premise is fascinating, but the book was way too complicated for me.