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A pseudonym used by K. 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. Gobernada por el emperador Rodolfo II, la ciudad es un refugio para los judios que viven dentro de las paredes cerradas del barrio.

The Fifth Servant by Kenneth Wishnia

I found it to be none of the above. Dec 11, Debbi Mack rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lists with This Book. It also leaves a number of loose ends hanging, although Wishnia tries to tie up the most obvious ones in the final pages.

There was simply too much going on. 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. Mar 18, Cyndi rated it really liked it Shelves: Where this book more than succeeded for me was in bringing the time period to life.


As the Inquisitions persecutes Jews along with Protestants and I read this as an e pub book. Jan 22, Caitlin rated it really liked it Shelves: With less than three days to find the real killer, Talmudic scholar Benyamin is left to try to solve the crime. This book worked backwards for me They didn’t seem out of place after a while and I think without them, the story would have been lacking. What really brought the “reality” home for me was the use of language. 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 on the other hand I found that the mystery was more of a distraction then anything else.

It is not an easy read however as Wishnia not only splatters his prose with 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 shopkeeper, his wife and daughter are arrested.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Quotes from The Fifth Servant And, in the end, our heroes do nothing less than ride off into the proverbial sunset.

The protagonist, Benjamin Ben-Akiva, is a new Talmudic scholar who’s come to Prague under the weight of a few acceptance issues, by his own scholarly crowd as well as his wife, both of whom are more than a little disappointed in him.

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With the prejudices and biases of the authorities involved with the murder investigation, Benyamin knows he has a difficult road to travel to get to the truth. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The author clearly did a lot of research into the traditions and history of the time period.

Dec 29, Wendy rated it liked it.

The Fifth Servant

This is wiervo wonderful novel. Finally, who quiinto like a good golem story? There are many characters in the book but and they are all very well drawn. Fortunate 16th century Jewish Prague is a bustling ghetto filled with those who embrace the isolation from the larger community and those that chafe against it. The shopkeeper and his family are arrested, but more is at stake than just siero freedom as the Christians may use this The Fifth Servant by Kenneth Wishnia is a complex historical fiction murder mystery, taking place in in Prague where Jews take refuge within the gated walls of a ghetto in one of the few places they are actually allowed to live.

I felt that I came out of this book knowing a little more about Jewish culture and religion, and I feel blessed for that.