: 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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The protagonist, Benjamin Ben-Akiva, is a new Talmudic scholar kejneth 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. Refresh and try again. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

I found the descriptions and language to be completely immersive and, understandably, I felt lost at times because I was not familiar with street names and the Hebrew and Czech languages. He knows he cannot do it alone. Learn more about Amazon Prime.


The book is filled with my kind of humor, sarcastic, self deprecating and sardonic however it is not a light or easy read. EnAsi como la Iglesia Catolica y los protestantes batallan por el control del alma de Europa, Praga es un puerto relativamente seguro en la tormenta wishniz.

I could visualize in my mind streets and building as they were being described to me. The Judenschlagers are getting ready to burn down the Yidnshtot and young Benyamin has 48 hours to save his people before the end of Easter Sunday even though his marriage is falling apart and many of his fellow Jews are outwardly hostile to this outsider’s “reformist” bent on Judaism.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. He introduces deceitful Jews and righteous Christians. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Suddenly it is on his shoulders to find out seirvo really happened, prove that it was not a blood crime, and save the ghetto from complete destruction by the angry mobs outside the gates.

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.


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The protagonist is a young rabbi in training from Poland who follows his wife back to her home town of Prague. Wishnia embeds descriptions of 16th-century medicine, divorce, counterfeiting and religious dissent into his kenjeth. 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.

Like High Noon, the story builds to a huge conflagration. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Sadly, I was not able to follow the action. May 01, Judith Starkston rated it liked it Shelves: The Fifth Servant offers so much to the reader, insight on everything from history to religion, that at times it becomes overwhelming and difficult to follow.

The Fifth Servant

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. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. It also leaves a number of loose ends hanging, although Wishnia tries to tie up the most obvious ones in the final pages. 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 novel after finishing it–always a good sign.

I loved feeling immersed in 16th century Prague. 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. The shopkeeper, his wife and daughter are arrested. It’s an examination of the meaning of bravery and moral integrity. Lots of action interspersed with a lot of commentary on Judaic philosophy.

Sep 19, Anya Kawka rated it liked it Shelves: Wishnia imagined how people in the 16th Century thought. It was just kind of too long for me and the ending came slowly. Even the postscriptum is sad and pointless. The author provides a dictionary at the end of the book for the Yiddish and German words he uses. Jan 09, Hermien rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 03, Lucinda rated it really liked it.


Soldiers turn the house upside down looking for bottles, urns, or jar “The Fifth Servant”, a historic mystery set in 16th century Prague follows Benyamin Ben-Akiva a lowly servant who is new to town as he attempts to solve the mystery behind a young Christian girl’s death and prevent the Jewish ghetto from being overrun by rioters.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Ediciones B; Translation edition January 30, Language: May 16, Jgrace rated it really liked it Shelves: It is not an easy re I think if you come to The Fifth Servant expecting a murder mystery you will likely be disappointed, not because there isn’t a crime to be solved but because the investigation seems less important than the characterization and the discussion of religious ideas and exploration of the novel’s fascinating historical setting.

I know the author is a scholar, but the book reads too complex for a mystery and too superficial for a scholarly work. I could feel the fear and anger expressed by both Jew and Christian as tempers flared as the situation was reaching critical mass.

The book has so many characters, and the plot is rife with so many tangents, it becomes difficult to follow. To tell you the truth, I’m still not really sure as I’m sitting here, typing up my review. All are very different, but all tell a story of ingenuity and courage in the face of great peril and of winning out against all odds through wit and intelligence.

He’s clever and tends to crack wise almost as much as a modern day shamus. To ask other readers questions about The Fifth Servantplease sign up.

Vey iz mir, I did not realize there was a glossary at the end of the book until I was done. Lo que se interponen en el camino de una multitud rabiosa cristiana es un erudito talmudico inteligente, recien llegado de Polonia, llamado Benjamin Ben-Akiva. Set in Prague inThe Fifth Servant, kennetb a page-turner of an education. I think for a history buff, and someone interested in the religious and political aspects of this novel, that there are few out there that can compare.