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Hunting Midnight (The Sephardic Cycle #2)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  448 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
From the internationally bestselling author of The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon comes a novel of incomparable scope and beauty that takes the reader on an epic journey from war-ravaged nineteenth-century Europe to antebellum America. A bereft child, a freed African slave, and the rich history of Portugal's secret Jews collide memorably in Richard Zimler's mesmerizing novel--a ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Delta (first published July 1st 2003)
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Ana T.
This was my first book by Richard Zimler and I must say he does approach interesting and original subjects.

Hunting Midnight tells the story of John Zarco Stewart, a Portuguese boy of Scottish and Portuguese descent and of Jewish heritage who was born in Porto where he grew up before travelling to England and America. Set in the 18th and 19th centuries it deals with such different subjects as the French invasions and slavery.

In the beginning, John meets Daniel and the two boys will soon become fa
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Margarida
Uma história de amizade que se estende durante décadas. Da infância à idade adulta de John, do Porto a Nova Iorque, da amizade à escravatura, do judaísmo à liberdade e a lições de vida alicerçadas no amor e no perdão.
Algumas cenas pareceram-me pouco credíveis, por RZ querer englobar demasiados temas nesta longa obra. Por outro lado, tem descrições maravilhosas de aventuras de John enquanto criança e diálogos sublimes entre John e Meia-Noite, o bosquímane, curandeiro e judeu.
Wanda
Nov 12, 2015 Wanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: real-books, 2015
20 NOV 2015 - a terrific follow-up to The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon.
Roberta Frontini (Blogue FLAMES)
Mais um livro de Richard Zimler que AMEI. Todos eles têm 5 estrelas pois são livros que me prendem totalmente. No entanto, tenho de distinguir este dos outros "O último Cabalista de Lisboa" e "Os Anagramas de Varsóvia". Penso que o que me fez gostar mais destes 2 últimos foi o facto de eu não ser uma pessoa muito ligada a áfrica e à américa. Sou uma pessoa muito europeia que não sente um grande fascínio pelos outros 2 continentes. Apesar disso, o autor conseguiu prender-me da primeira à última p ...more
Bettie☯
This ISBN has 534 pages, not the 288 indicated in the blurb box

A fierce wind was driving the rain in off the sea as I made my way home across the slippery cobblestone streets of my beloved city of Porto

Sephardic definition - a subgroup of Jews originating in the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa, usually defined in contrast to Ashkenazi or Mizrahi Jews.

My ongoing thoughts:

was slightly underwhelmed by the first 50 pages or so and seeing how keen I was to disembark into Porto harbour, I worried;
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Pedro Marques
Nov 21, 2011 Pedro Marques rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Não estando ao nível do seu melhor livro, "O último cabalista de Lisboa", considero que este é dos melhores livros de Richard Zimler, ligeiramente acima de “Goa ou o Guardião da Aurora”. Gostei e aconselho. Venham mais deste nível!
Sally Hill
Apr 08, 2010 Sally Hill rated it it was amazing
One of the most wonderful stories I have ever read.
Lúcia Costa
Aug 26, 2015 Lúcia Costa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este livro tem seis ou sete estrelas
Miguel
Jul 14, 2017 Miguel rated it really liked it
First part slow although still interesting. Second part wonderful. Be patient and you'll see.
Sophie
May 13, 2017 Sophie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2017
I bought this to read in Porto when I visited and it was excellent. So much better than I could have hoped.
Carla
Mar 29, 2014 Carla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: José Pinto e Sandra Ferreira
Ler este livro deu-me um imenso prazer, pois permitiu-me revisitar factos históricos, descobrir a amizade como um dos sentimentos mais nobres que consegue ultrapassar todas as vicissitudes da vida, acompanhar o crescimento da personagem principal e, simultaneamente, narrador, bem como o seu relacionamento com as restantes personagens, num clima de mistério que se adensa ao longo da história, onde vão-nos sendo revelados alguns segredos, até que, mesmo no final, ficamos a saber o destino de todas ...more
Buffone
Jan 20, 2016 Buffone rated it liked it
Another novel in his "Sephardic Cycle", exploring the heritage and experience of Portuguese Jews. "Hunting Midnight" is told through the voice of John Zarco Stewart, born in the early 19th century in Porto, half-Scots and half-Jewish. The book begins when he is seven years old and describes a childhood shaped by the love of a tight community, the distant threat of a religious intolerance and the the death and disappearance of his best friends. At this point Midnight arrives, a nomadic hunter and ...more
Stan
Feb 08, 2014 Stan rated it it was amazing
Zimler really hit a home run with this one, as he usually does. One kind of "funny" thing: it took me a couple of weeks to read this book. Not because it was difficult or tiring to read, but because there was just so much pain on every page (doesn't mean exaggerated style, just the plot itself) that I could only read so much at a time. Finally, I pushed through the last 125 pages more or less in one sitting. Zimler is one of the greatest living writers in English, no doubt. And somehow, his them ...more
Maria Felgueiras
Apr 23, 2014 Maria Felgueiras rated it it was amazing
"Hunting Midnight" is a wonderful book. Zimler tells us a deeply moving story about love in its wider extent. Despite the account of all the evil and betrayal the story is also a magnificent narrative about faith and hope. It surely is one of the best books I read. Midnight is a very-very wonderful character; I'd say he is the personification of Good and Innocence. Being Portuguese I found amazing the way Zimler not only uses Portuguese historical events in a very clever way in this story of his ...more
Florbela
May 02, 2008 Florbela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Depois de ter ouvido dizer tão mal de outra obra deste escritor, O Último Cabalista de Lisboa, estava um bocadinho apreensiva. No entanto, este livro, apesar do seu tamanho, "devora-se" rapidamente. Só posso dizer que adorei, mas também o que se podia esperar de um livro que descreve a vida de um homem meio judeu/meio cristão, meio português/meio escocês, criado por um pai ateu e cujo melhor amigo era um boximane africano? :)

Benjamim, quando me preparou para o casamento, disse-me uma vez que, pa
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Daphne Ryan
Aug 09, 2012 Daphne Ryan rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading about the enduring human relationships in protagonist John Zarco Stewart's epic life, and I was quite moved by the sad subjects of religious intolerance and slavery. It opened my eyes to so much human suffering throughout history. I really got caught up in his adventure while realizing theses awful crimes actually happened. I also appreciated the continuity with the previous book, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon. A must read!
Carvas
Feb 09, 2011 Carvas rated it it was ok
Is this book a real story? If it is, i can understand.
If, besides the historical background, i saw much better fiction

Everything in this book doesn't go over the grade of "average".
Story is far from being exciting or beautiful
Characters thoughts are not impressing. I'd say that sometimes is low philosophy.
The characters themselves are somehow artificial

And now, put it all together in a 600 pages book...
Tiana
It took me all summer to finish this one. It was so dense and really hard to get into. But once I did I had many nights I couldn't put it down. Some of the writing was difficult and the pacing of the story seemed off--so slow in the beginning and then rushing toward the less-than-satisfactory ending. But very interesting and thought provoking.
Nuno Magalhães
Um hino à amizade e ao significado da vida
"Vimos-te de longe e estamos a morrer de fome"
"A vida é escrita no tempo presente"
"Benjamim, quando me preparou para o casamento, disse-me uma vez que, para o amor durar, devíamos amar uma pessoa que conhecíamos no presente assim como a que ele ou ela pudessem vir a tornar-se no futuro."
Carol
Jan 20, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
No one could fault this author for finding and expressing in a wonderful way the voices of his characters. This is a moving and captivating story of the friendship between a marrano Portuguese Jew and an African bushman. As unlikely a pair as thar sounds it is a fully believable story and it is a great read
Pierina
Jan 15, 2013 Pierina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Olá!

Primeiro livro deste autor. E, mais uma vez sob a influência da minha mãe. Obrigada Mamã :D

"Primeiro estranha-se, depois entra-se" é como descrever este livro. É tão sui generis, tão próprio que não sei descrever.

É daqueles autores como a Isabel Allende, O Gabriel Garcia Marquez ou Laura Esquivel. Muito próprio muito seu.

Leiam,
Py
Hermien
Dec 26, 2013 Hermien rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, jewish, series
I enjoyed the first book in the Sephardic circle because of the Jewish historical element. There was little of that in this book. I found the first part set in Porto long-winded. The second part dealing with slavery in America around 1820-1825 was more interesting, but overall disappointing after The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon.
Ana
Oct 02, 2014 Ana rated it really liked it
Excelente! Gostei muito da história que começa no Porto do Sec. XIX e acompanha a vida desde criança até à idade adulta de John Zarco Stewart. Vale muito a pena ler, uma história de amizade e amor lindíssima. O melhor livro de Richard Zimler que li até à data.
Gail Loyd
Oct 06, 2016 Gail Loyd rated it it was amazing
A very hard book to read. Emotional challenge. But the conclusion, the post script as it were, which you could not have understood without the challenge, is very challenging but exciting at the same time. I suspect it will change me.
Sarah
Jun 09, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure I'd give this a 10/10 but can't do 4.5 which is prob what I would give it.
Lovely but disturbing, sad, a story of unspeakable betrayal and slavery across 3 continents. Starts in Portugal in late 1700s and goes to London and ends in America. I would def recommend it.
Shahar
May 31, 2016 Shahar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.1 - a good hustoric novel from the dawn of 19th in sinking purtugal to the Americas.
very well written but keeps missing that inner tension that causes a reader to return to a book. that said i still recommand it.
Milo
Mar 22, 2015 Milo rated it it was amazing
i really do wish the five star rating stood for, "wow. i loved this book."
Hunting Midnight lifted me by my heart strings and carried me far and wide
into love, despair, anguish and right back in to love -- settling me gently
on solid ground.
Rui Batista
Oct 24, 2016 Rui Batista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O primeiro livro que li deste autor, mas vou ler mais com toda a certeza, tal a qualidade que este revelou. Boas leituras.
Vitoria
Jan 21, 2013 Vitoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muito-muito bom! Gostei mais dos primeiros 2/3 do que da parte final, mas é uma ótima leitura.
Rachel England-Brassy
Jul 13, 2014 Rachel England-Brassy rated it it was amazing
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I can not recommend Hunting Midnight highly enough. Beautifully written and realised. A masterpiece.
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Richard Zimler was born in Roslyn Heights, a suburb of New York City, in 1956. After earning a bachelor's degree in comparative religion from Duke University (1977) and a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University (1982), he worked for eight years as a journalist, mainly in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1990, he moved to Porto, Portugal, and he has taught journalism for the last sixte ...more
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The Sephardic Cycle (4 books)
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