The illustrations are wonderful I wish I could draw. It Is , And The Rabbi S Son Jacob Is Frustrated With Having To Live In The Walled Ghetto Known As Jewish Town Why Can T He Venture Outside Of The Gates And Explore The Beautiful City His Father Warns Him That Passover Is A Dangerous Time To Be A Jew And That The People From Outside Accuse The Jews Of Dreadful Deeds But One Night, Jacob Follows His Father And Two Companions As They Unlock The Ghetto Gates And Proceed To The River, Where They Mold A Human Shape From The Mud Of The Riverbank When The Rabbi Speaks Strange Words, The Shape Is Infused With Life And The Golem Of Prague Is BornIn This Breathtaking Retelling Of A Timeless Tale, Irene N Watts S Beautiful Words Are Complemented By The Haunting Black And White Images Of Artist Kathryn E Shoemaker From The Hardcover Edition I enjoyed the golem subplot of Chabon s Kavalier and Clay and love the golems in Pratchett s Discworld It was good to read a well written version of the original story This good book handles the history of the Prague ghetto and weaves in the magic in a compelling way. Good book to read to the family. I didn t realize until I finished the book that both the author and illustrator live in Vancouver which is a real bonus This book ties in nicely with my current favourite book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay Set in 1595, Watts beautifully retells the story of the Golem of Prague and filled in a lot of gaps for me, for example the Blood Lie Jews were falsely accused of sacrificing Christian children and using their blood in rituals, and the Golem was created to stop that lie I also liked the author s nod to the Sorcerer s Apprentice Her afterword was enlightening The ghetto was renamed Josefov in 1784, in honor of Joseph II, who, like the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II 1576 1612 , was tolerant of the Jews and granted them some measure of freedom. Jacob is stuck in the ghetto of medieval Prague in ways than one To leave, especially during Passover, is dangerous because of the taunts and enmity of the dominant Christians Yet he is stuck inside the ghetto as the son of a rabbi who is expected to also become a rabbi, even though he doesn t want to Then he follows his father and 2 other Jewish leaders to the riverbank one night, and see them form a man out of clay a golem who will protect the Jews from persecution Can he protect Jacob, as well
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- 96 pages
- Clay Man: The Golem of Prague
- Irene N. Watts
- 24 September 2019 Irene N. Watts