As messianic zeal sweeps through medieval Poland, the Jews of Goray divide between those who, like the Rabbi, insist that no one can "force the end" and those who follow the messianic pretender Sabbatai Zevi. But as hysteria and depravity increase, it becomes clear that it is not the Messiah who has come to Goray.
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About the Author
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91) was the author of many novels, stories, children's books, and memoirs. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Date of Birth:July 14, 1904
Date of Death:July 24, 1991
Place of Birth:Radzymin, Poland
Place of Death:Surfside, Florida
Education:Attended Tachkemoni Rabbinical Seminary in Warsaw, Poland, 1920-27
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Jewish messiah has arrived. Or has he? Sabbetai Zevi¿s mid-seventeenth century cult drives a small Jewish village in Poland to madness as believers and non-believers in the professed saviour respectively overthrow and then restore the established religious tradition of the town.The book is fast paced and involving, but I felt had a messy ending ¿ the narrative switches very suddenly to explain the end of the movement in the form of a religious text, rather than the more standard narrative that has driven the rest of the book. In another review of the book online, this was explained as a device to show up the inadequacy of a religious explanation for what had happened as well as the sociological one which had already been exposed. If this is the case, I think it was unnecessary; the problems of a religious explanation were already more than apparent. Nevertheless, an intriguing book, well worth the read.
Isaac Bashevis Singer write beautifully.