Most perilous of times was the absolute heart and soul of the book #for me Just beautiful and enduring And private Seemingly no one else had #me Just beautiful and enduring And private Seemingly no one else had relationship with #Farid No One Valued Him Nor Knew # no one valued him nor knew smart and insightful committed and loyal he was What is unknown to most is that Arab Jewish or Gentile Jewish tight friendships like these have existed for centuries and still today So glad that was an element
Featured In The Book in the book hero of this historical mystery is Berekiah Zarco a Portuguese secret Jew who is determined to find out who murdered his uncle even though Lisbon is teeming with maddened Christians determined to attack anyone they suspect may be a JewThis was my favorite of the 54 books I read in 2011 for several reasons It takes place in fascinating time period about a century after the Spanish Reconuista when the Inuisition was wreaking terror in Spain and Portugal was in danger of being next Part of the book takes place in Istanbul a city I love Zimler writes beautifully The book is rich in period details that bring both Lisbon and Istanbul then Constantinople to life The plot is complex This is a book about relationships as much as it is a mystery novel The interactions between Berekiah and his Uncle Abraham between Berekiah and his best friend and between Berekiah and his extended family both moved the plot along and made one care about all the characters I enjoyed learning about kabbalism in the early 16th centuryThis is a book I plan to read again in part because the plot was so complex and in part ust to enjoy being with these characters again I recommend The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon to anyone who likes historical fiction or historical mysteries or who has an interest in the history of the Sephardic Jews. Kabbalist and manuscript illuminator discovered murdered in a hidden synagogue along with a young girl in dishabille Risking his life in streets seething with mayhem Berekiah tracks down answers among Christians New Christians Jews and the fellow kabbalists of his uncle whose secret language and codes by turns light and obscure the way to the truth he see. Suitemates had to read our freshman year in college It was pretty clear the characters were designed to meet some sort of diversity uotaI only gave it three stars because I m so interested in the era in which the book is set 35 This book set in Portugal ust after the Inuisition where Jews New Christians were massacred the nephew of the famous Kabbalist Abraham is at the center of both a mystery and the race to save the lives of his remaining family neighbors and community while also saving a genezia full of books and torahs and other sacred writings largely done by members of his familyWhat is it about Geniziahs these days I swear to God this is like the fifth book I have read in the last six months which features a geniziah as its central character and plot twist And it sounds like the author wrote the novel out of actual pages from an actual person detailing his adventures leaving Portugal in 1506 as the Last Kabbalist in Lisbon The book was filled with violence and hatred and that was painful but also mysticism and mystical experiencing and the unveiling of all the characters of how they survived keeping #Pieces Of Their Old #of their old alive as their very lives were at risk It was interesting painful and the whole mystical mystery and the saving of the sacred writings and illustrated works is at the center of the tale Just one detail to mention that for me makes the book and in no way destroys the plot Its the friendship Beri has with his deaf Arab friend Farid As children they played together and they had developed a sophisticated language of communication using sign and spelling totally that they had devised Watching the friends communicate in a deeply profound way and witnessing their precious friendship even in the. Jewish prayers and rituals in secret and at great risk; the hidden arcane practices of the kabbalists a mystical sect of Jews continued as wellOne such secret Jew was Berekiah Zarco an intelligent young manuscript illuminator Inflamed by love and revenge he searches in the crucible of the raging pogrom for the killer of his beloved uncle Abraham a renowned. ,
A fascinating story of the Jewish remnant hidden in
LISBON IN PLAIN SIGHT LIVING ASin plain sight Living as and holding
to their own religion behind the facade and eventually fleeing or worse A beautifully writtentheir own religion behind the facade and eventually fleeing or worse A beautifully written laced with historical truth The Inuisition and the persecution of Jews are topics that always interested me so I was curious to read this book because it s focused precisely on them and it s set in ancient Portugal If you like historical fiction and to learn about historical events which #are entangled in a fictional narrative you should probably give this novel #entangled in a fictional narrative you should probably give this novel try I really enjoyed Zimler s writing style as well as his way of narrating and I sure want to read from him I ve seen this book praised for its historical detail but I found it grating because it imposed a lot of modern sensibilities on the past It proposes itself as a translation of a period manuscript but it captures nothing of the writing style of the era and asks us to suspend our disbelief that a 16th century Portuguese Jew would have written a thoroughly modern novel complete with sexual references I ve read medieval texts and while they talk about sex sometimes in a ribald way they don t how can I put this focus on it the way we moderns do For medievals sex is a plot element not a scene or character developmentAnother modernity the protagonist has a deaf gay sidekick which I wouldn t mind except that the other characters seem to find this completely unremarkable because being gay a modern construction in the early 1500 s in one of the most Catholic countries in the universe is perfectly normal At the end the gay man even has a long term committed relationship and adopts two kids and nobody bats an eyelash It reminds me of this horrible novel some of my. The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon an international bestseller is an extraordinary novel that transports listeners into the universe of Jewish Kabbalah during the Lisbon massacre of April 1506 Just a few years earlier Jews living in Portugal were dragged to the baptismal font and forced to convert to Christianity Many of these New Christians persevered in their.