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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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I didn't realize until I finished the book that both the author and illustrator live in Vancouver which is a real bonus! This book ties in nicely with my current favourite book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Set in 1595, Watts beautifully retells the story of the Golem of Prague and filled in a lot of gaps for me, for example the Blood Lie (Jews were falsely accused of sacrificing Christian children and using their blood in rituals, and the Golem was created to stop that lie). I ...more
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.