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Author: Naomi Ragen
ISBN: 068483393X
Language: English
Pages: 384 pages
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (September 22, 1998)
Rating: 4.5
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For my dear mother and father, Ada Fogel Terlinsky and Louis Terlinsky. May their memory be forever blessed. Man comes forth like a flower and withers, He flees like a shadow which fade. .

Naomi Ragen could hardly have found a better backdrop for this novel. A most interesting surprisingly uplifting portrait of Hannah Mendes of the mid-fifteen hundreds in Spain, Portugal. She bears a connection to our times. Gracia Mendes was a fascinating person and the sixteenth century was a terrfying time to be Jewish. However, the author bungled what could have been an interesting novel. Problem The characters were flat, trite, and annoying. Such a fascinating woman simply kept me turning the pages.

Naomi Ragen is the author of novels including The Tenth Song, The Sacrifice of Tamar, Sotah, The Covenant, and The Saturday Wife. Ragen attended Brooklyn College and earned her master's in English from Hebrew University. An American, she has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. She was recently voted one of the three most popular authors in Israel.

Naomi Ragen is a brilliant, very talented author and this, like all her books is very well written As Catherine Da Costa ( visited by the Ghost of her intriguing ancestress, Hannah Mendes Nasi) gets her two beautiful but spoiled grandaughters - Suzanne and Francesca Abraham involved i.

Naomi Ragen is a brilliant, very talented author and this, like all her books is very well written As Catherine Da Costa ( visited by the Ghost of her intriguing ancestress, Hannah Mendes Nasi) gets her two beautiful but spoiled grandaughters - Suzanne and Francesca Abraham involved in a plan to get hold of some age-old manuscripts.

The last one. I really thought they’d lost it, Francesca said, peering anxiously down the luggage conveyer. ess momentum forward. Ask one of these guys to help you, Francesca. I can manage perfectly well, she insisted, breathless with exertion, the suitcase moving her, rather than vice-versa. Suzanne sighed, joining her sister and pushing at the dead weight with all her might until it slid to the floor. Together, they lifted it onto a luggage.

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A 16th-century ghost helps her present-day descendant preserve the past, in a story by American-Israeli Ragen (The . Then, while napping in her chair in her Fifth Avenue apartment, Catherine is visited by Hannah's ghost, who comes up with a plan to ensure the family's survival.

A 16th-century ghost helps her present-day descendant preserve the past, in a story by American-Israeli Ragen (The Sacrifice of Tamar, 1994, et. that's as much a heartfelt plea for continuity as a family saga. When 74-year-old Catherine da Costa is told that her illness is terminal, she finds herself worrying more about her family's future than about her own death.

The ghost of a real-life historical figure helps elderly Catherine da Costa convince her granddaughters to travel across Europe with her and helps them find a link between past and present by leaving mysterious journal entries along their travel route. 30,000 first printing.
Comments (7)
shustrik
History, a love story ,and a travel journal all in one book. Hannah Mendes is one of the names of the Spanish Heiress from the 15th century. A Jewish family that escapes from Spain, and Portugal and ends up first in Amsterdam. They were hidden Jews in Portugal where they went from the Spanish expulsion and where she under her Converso name of Bernice Luna ends up marrying a Wealthy (converso) gentelman who with his brother controls the pepper trade from India. She is the ancestor of a Woman and her grandaughter's in America and she sends them on search for the pages of a diary that Hannah wrote. Hannah;s other name is Gracia Nasi. the girls meet men and fall in love along with the search and go their individual ways in Europe until they end up in Venice. All through the book the ghost is involved in their lives and in their search. If you want to know more about the Inquisition in Spain and the rest of Europe,the trials of the Jews of that time read this book.
just one girl
This is unlike Naomi Ragen's other stories. I found the beginning far more intriguing than the remainder of the book.

Characters are well developed. Dialogue, setting, plot are up to par with her other works. What bothered me the most is that, far from being a typical Ragen story, this was actually more like a romance novel with a backstory better than the main,present day theme.
Mightdragon
The character and the plot is of Jewish decent, but it doesn't matter. This is an amazing story of people, searching out family history, trying to find the thread of their humanity, linking the past to understand present. If we forget the horrors that happened in the past- we are destined to repeat them. This book reconstructs the inhumanity of the Spanish Inquisition and yet celebrates the strength of family and the endurance of the human soul. Traditions are made for a reason. No matter what your faith, it is important to remember the people who fought to give you the liberty to believe what so many take for granted today.
Ustamya
I loved this story which goes back & forth in history from today to the burgeoning society in Spain previous to the inquisition and thereafter.
The characters are interesting and the glimpse into the world of antique manuscripts and books was fascinating.
Nidor
If you wish to read a good book on this history, try By Fire and Water. This work is plodding (thought it would never end, contrived, like a teen magazine article and slow). I shall not repeat the plot, which might have been good, but made weary by this author. I love her novels Jephte's Daughter and Sotah and recommend them. As interesting as they were, this was the opposite. Schlep, plod, contrive. Now, I am reticent to read any of her other novels. The 2 stars is a gift. Save your money.
Anayanis
I really wanted to like this book. This book had a lot of potential - it was about a family trying to understand the actions of a heroic anscestor (Gracia Mendes) at the time of the Spanish and Portuguese inquisitions. Naomi Ragen could hardly have found a better backdrop for this novel. Gracia Mendes was a fascinating person and the sixteenth century was a terrfying time to be Jewish. However, the author bungled what could have been an interesting novel.

Problem #1: The characters were flat, trite, and annoying. Catherine da Costa, the matriarch, was extremely flat. Somehow, she failed to instill Jewish values in her grandchildren and she sends her grandchildren on a quest to find out about their ancestor Gracia Mendes and their Jewish heritage when she finds out she is dying. Her daughter Janice is a cliched Reform Jewish American Princess from New York. The granddaughters - Suzanne and Francesca - are essentially parodies of Reform Jewish women in their twenties.

Problem #2: The writing is stilted. I dreaded the portions about the contemporary characters because I didn't care about them. I really wanted to know more about Gracia Mendes and crypto-Judaism. Unfortunately, I ended up getting about as much information about Gracia Mendes as I did reading her wikipedia entry. Likewise I learned as much about the Spanish Inquisition as I could get from a wikipedia search. The history is very elementary and the author never fully develops the Gracia Mendes portions.

Problem #3: Gracia Mendes' ghost supposedly visits Catherine, Francesca, and Suzanne and eventually Francesca and Suzanne visit with her. The ghost story was really poorly done. I did not think it added to the story at all.

Problem #4: The book is VERY preachy. The author is an orthodox Jew who clearly looks down on Reform and possibly even Conservative Judaism. She went on and on and on about the need to only marry Jews. I found myself skipping those parts.

Overall, I cannot recommend this book.
Felolune
The story itself was an interesting look into the Sephardim but the writing and constructs were too simplistic. The inner lives of sisters Suzanne and Francesca was written in a style that seems implausible for two young , cosmopolitan New York City women in the latter half of the twentieth century. Even though we know the general outcome of the story early in the book, the lack of any twists and turns getting there made for a rather boring read. The only thing that kept me reading was the historical insight into the Inquisition.
A most interesting surprisingly uplifting portrait of Hannah Mendes of the mid-fifteen hundreds in Spain, Portugal. She bears a connection to our times. Such a fascinating woman simply kept me turning the pages.