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Legends of the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng
by Xin Xu
A collection of legends and stories from the oral tradition of this group of Jews who migrated to China long ago offers a look at their history and unique identity.
Hardcover, 140 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Ktav Publishing House
(first published September 1995)
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I've had this book on my list of things to read and what a bummer it turned out to be. While the author stated that he took liberties and indulged the stories, it felt like he really just had an outline of dates and names and filled in the rest with story. I love legends, even fully fabricated ones, but these reached no where near the quality which I was expecting. I recognize the constraints-The Revolution, the assimilation over centuries, and perhaps, if written in Chinese originally, it is a ...more