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Shylock's Daughter

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As the beautiful daughter of a wealthy moneylender, Jessica leads a relatively privileged life in the Jewish Ghetto. But during her rare walks through the main streets of Venice, she has caught glimpses of the colorful, exciting world outside. Then, by chance she meets a handsome aristocrat named Lorenzo who has, it seems, everything that Jessica longs for, and who promise...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Dial (first published 1999)
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The Shylock from the title is the Shylock from The Merchant of Venice. The book does not strictly follow the play but I don’t think it strays too far. Shylock makes his famous ‘do we not bleed’ speech at a different time and place, the pound of flesh comes about differently too as well as a few other things. The main story is there but the focus is different. You get to see a human side to Shylock. Him with his family, with his grief, with his hated for those who hate and humiliate him. He becom...more
It is a crime against all the literary world to make a book about Venice so horridly boring. Mirjam, I am disappointed in you.
Ian Wood
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Mirjam Pressler is a noted German author, and this is an English translation of one of her novels. Based upon Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and set in the sixteenth century, this novel takes the original story and bends it to the daughter's perspective. One thing I didn't like about this novel almost from the off was Pressler's habit of using foreign words immediately followed by t...more
The daughters of the famous Merchant of Venice are the focus of this historical novel. Set in the Jewish Ghetto in the late 1500's, this book shows us the life of two young Jewish girls and how each has different lessons to learn and experience.

This was a book club choice so I had to read it. It was a little slow and had little going on to keep me interested. It was a drawn out story that could have been summed up in less pages even though there were under 300 pages! I had to force myself throu...more
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Although it was historical fiction, I wasn't used to the style and I finally got into it near the end! But it has a good plot line based on a story told by Shakespeare.
For ENG 540.
A retelling of The Merchant of Venice, focusing on Jessica (Shylock's daughter, natch), Shylock himself, and other familiar and new characters who live in the Jewish ghetto of Venice. I am a sucker for retellings of classic stories, so this obviously drew my eye. It was interesting to have a glimpse into the life of the Jewish people of that time period. Pressler's original characters are more compelling than her interpretations of Shakespeare's. Jessica, in particular, comes off in...more
It was kind of difficult to follow. I liked how the details about Jewish life were explained and described so beautifully.

It was an interesting view on Shylock and Jessica from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. Jessica, to me, is basically a greedy girl and she thinks her father is a miser. Her father is a bit tightfisted, but he deeply believes in his religion and wants his daughter to follow in his footsteps.

Lorenzo is a jerk who just wants Jessica's money. Jessica is stupid because she doesn...more
I really enjoyed this book! When I first picked it up, I had no idea that it was based on Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. I didn't find out until the end when I started really wondering how much of this story was based on history and decided to look it up.

So, not only is this book based on a good play, it also contains a lot of true history in it! I will definitely be reading this book again!!
Interesting YA book. Taken from The Merchant of Venice, this fiction imagines some of the characters and their lives, with other characters added. Jessica, the daughter who appears in the Shakespeare version, is elaborated upon in this tale, and we learn about life's choices, some wise and some not so.
I read this so long ago that I barely remember it, but I do recall loving it at the time. The title at least has stayed in my head for nearly a decade, so that's the sign of a good impression! I'm going to have to reread this, and I never say that, but somehow I think this one would be worth it.
really liked this one, I must read it again sometime soon, although the character of Jessica was rather underdeveloped...but I did love Dinah.
Jul 17, 2009 Liz rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Slow and kind of boring. I couldn't like the characters and I really hated the ending.
i couldnt finish the boook!!! It just wasnt my book and very slow pace
An interesting interpretation of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.
Shylock's Daughter by Mirjam Pressler (2001)
Sarah Kitchel
really boring read one chapter and stopped
way too many inconsistancies
Kind of slow.
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German writer Mirjam Pressler is the author of several novels that have won awards in her native Germany and also received high praise from critics after being translated into English. In Malka and Halinka Pressler focuses on young Jewish protagonists who have been forced by fate to endure the Holocaust, while in Shylock's Daughter she returns readers to fifteenth-century Italy as she attempts to...more
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