Sherwood, Frances. The book of splendor, a novel.

Author:Theiss, Nola
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

Norton. 348p. c2002. 0-39332458-3. $14.95. SA

Set 400 years ago in the city of Prague, The Book of Splendor is a strange combination of folklore, imperial intrigue, Jewish culture and mysticism. While the central story is about the love between a poor orphan girl forced into marriage who falls in love with a Golem, a giant creature created by the town Rabbi, other fantasies and stories abound at many different levels. The author makes many observations about the frailties of humans and the abuse of power, whether religious or secular. Some of the scenes verge on the ridiculous...

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