Four years after the Chmielnicki massacres of the seventeenth century, Jacob, a slave and cowherd in a Polish village high in the mountains, falls in love with Wanda, his master's daughter. Even after he is ransomed, he finds he can't live without her, and the two escape together to a distant Jewish community. Racked by his consciousness of sin in taking a Gentile wife and by the difficulties of concealing her identity, Jacob nonetheless stands firm as the violence of the era threatens to destroy the ill-fated couple.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)|
About the Author
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91) was the author of many novels, stories, children's book, and memoirs. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.
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
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a beautiful, touching story. It had the romance and tragedy of a love across cultures as well as an obscure historical setting and the enthralling minutae of the religious rites that Jacob, the main character, tried to follow in his enslavement in Poland. Having read the Old Testament, I was very interested to read about all the efforts he made to keep up his religion. I also cried bucketloads at the ending- which is one of my expressions of appreciation of great art :)-
What is life about? This book is not allowed to read, this who reads fall in love with simple people with very small possibilities to live together, but they wish. Only freedom is in mind and she has chosen him freely. That is the book to make souls rich in their remembering connected with one line: the love between two people out of the time. I very like their story; this is love of the heart.
A story of a Jewish man back in history. A tale of life. Kind of simbalic. It is a rival to The Chosen and The Promise. It is, in my opinion, better than those two books. More interesting at least.