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I could visualize in my mind streets and building as they were being described to me. All are very different, but all tell a story of ingenuity and courage in the face of kkenneth peril and of winning out against all odds through wit and intelligence.

If ever I read a book where words mattered, this would be one of them. Sep 03, Lucinda rated it really liked it.

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. Wishnia manages the neat trick of writing a great mystery that’s also rich in historical detail. 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. It’s a disturbing look at hundreds of years of prejudice against people just because they are different.

There is building tension, especially as Benyamin’s deadline to bring forward the real killer approaches and the angry mob outside the gates grows more and more violent.

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. Quimto where this story didn’t really grab me was in the mystery side.


There is great insight on how Jews were persecuted and the struggles they faced. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. It really interrupts siervi flow of the book to constantly be flipping around, especially qquinto the glossary isn’t even completely at the back at the book but actually precedes a bonus chapter about what happened to one of the characters. Showing of 2 reviews. I really enjoy learning about other times, history, other cultures. What a lovely book – not run of the mill, but combining the best of several genres into its own tale.

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Jan 15, Keith rated it liked it. The mystery itself, the search for what happened to the murdered girl, seemed almost secondary to the other events taking place in the book. As a murder mystery, I found The Fifth Servant to be lacking.

Essentially a detective story set in the Poland ofwith the protagonist being a freethinking Talmudic scholar named Benyamin ben-Akiva. I felt I could smell the cooking and the offal. Jan 09, Hermien rated it liked it Shelves: Benyamin is an outsider even in his own community. Wishnia embeds descriptions of 16th-century medicine, divorce, counterfeiting and religious dissent into his tale. 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.

Feb 21, Lydia Presley rated it liked it Shelves: The punchline, when we finally find the killers and have the chance to bring them to justice 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. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. However, as the old saying goes, you should never assume, because you know what happens when you do.


While Wishnia succeeds in conveying character and setting, I did find the action at times confusing and was baffled by the decision to write some parts in the first person and other sections in the third person. Feb 26, Jennifer rated it really liked it.

The Fifth Servant

She is observant and intelligent but must be careful. The novel contains a lot of words in other languages, particularly Yiddish and Hebrew, and although there is a small glossary at the back I really think footnotes would have been beneficial in this case. I found myself side-tracked by the ethical and philosophical dilemmas to the point that I lost track of clues and key players in the mystery.

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 I started out liking it but liked it less and less as I went along until at the end, it was all I could do to finish it.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? This word is not to be confused with Tolkien’s character in “The Lord of the Rings” series, although I see some relation. The author obviously did a I am fascinated by the medieval Jewish community.