Re: aNNa says:

Date: 2011-12-16 10:21 pm (UTC)
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that was the 2nd one, and he was her 2nd husband. He....didn't actually act on his impulses, although he intended to...so I accepted the character. What got me was the emphasis on Talmud - even the kids were taught Torah ONLY so that they could start their Talmud studies once they hit 12. Um. Torah is Scripture....Talmud is NOT. So....Oh, and the belief in demons stalking the street and Rashi - and his daughters - relying on magicians really made me ill. (Isn't there something in....oh, yeah, TORAH!...about not dealing with sorcerers? And Rashi is supposed to be a pious Rabbi....)

What I found the most fascinating was that the historical setting seemed real. I like historical novels for the *history*, and the author seems to deliver that. From what I can tell, she portrays Rashi true-to-life, and his family life. The surrounding history is correct, as far as I can tell - I'm not an expert in 11th century history; my love is Tudor England, but this reads like some of the Richard Lionheart stuff I've read.
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