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Clay Man: The Golem of Prague
It is 1595, and the rabbi’s son Jacob is frustrated with having to live in the walled ghetto known as Jewish Town. Why can’t he venture outside of the gates and explore the beautiful city? His father warns him that Passover is a dangerous time to be a Jew and that the people from outside accuse the Jews of dreadful deeds. But one night, Jacob follows his father and two com...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Tundra Books
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Jacob is stuck in the ghetto of medieval Prague in more ways than one. To leave, especially during Passover, is dangerous because of the taunts and enmity of the dominant Christians. Yet he is stuck inside the ghetto as the son of a rabbi who is expected to also become a rabbi, even though he doesn't want to. Then he follows his father and 2 other Jewish leaders to the riverbank one night, and see them form a man out of clay: a golem who will protect the Jews from persecution. Can he protect Jac...more
I enjoyed the golem subplot of Chabon's Kavalier and Clay and love the golems in Pratchett's Discworld. It was good to read a well-written version of the original story. This good book handles the history of the Prague ghetto and weaves in the magic in a compelling way.