Apprentice

Apprentice

Book - 2012
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"Hisdadukh, blessed to be beautiful and learned, is the youngest child of Talmudic sage Rav Hisda. The world around her is full of conflict. Rome, fast becoming Christian, battles Zoroastrian Persia for dominance while Rav Hisda and his colleagues struggle to establish new Jewish traditions after the destruction of Jerusalem's Holy Temple. Against this backdrop Hisdadukh embarks on the tortuous path to become an enchantress in the very land where the word 'magic' originated. But the conflict affecting Hisdadukh most intimately arises when her father brings his two best students before her, a mere child, and asks her which one she will marry. Astonishingly, the girl replies, "Both of them." Soon she marries the older student, although it becomes clear that the younger one has not lost interest in her. When her new-found happiness is derailed by a series of tragedies, a grieving Hisdadukh must decide if she does, indeed, wish to become a sorceress."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Plume, c2012
ISBN: 9780452298095
0452298091
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: xxvi, 452 p. : map ; 22 cm

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ZeldaW Aug 15, 2014

The is a fun, engrossing read set in 3rd century Babylonia and Israel. A story of life, love, and tragedy from the perspective of an educated daughter of a rabbinic family and interspersed with interesting Talmudic debates. Anton is an excellent storyteller. She delivers an imaginative and detailed portrait of time, place, and daily life driven by well-developed characters. Looking forward to reading the second book in the Rav Hisda's Daughter series when it is released in September 2014.

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savtadina
Oct 27, 2012

This book, set in the late 3rd century in Babylonia, clearly describes the Jewish community through the point of view of a young girl from childhood through becoming a young widow. The author has done a skillful job of telling a story from a woman’s point of view as well as interweaving Mishna and baraita throughout. The author writing has improved since her first volume of Rashi’s Daughters. I can hardly wait to read her next book.

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