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All Other Nights by Dara Horn
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Aug 26, 09

bookshelves: grown-ups, historical-fiction
Read in August, 2009

I was hoping to love this book and that's how it went for the first third of the book - but then the plot bogged down and zigzagged aimlessly for a while before petering out.
Our hero Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army, joins up after his respectable merchant parents expect him marry the daughter of a business associate, and he is rapidly roped into being not only a spy but an assassin, his Jewishness allowing him to move within the Rebel Jewish community without awakening suspicion. The descriptions of Jewish people and culture during the Civil War are fascinating - but Jacob's adventures become more and more far-fetched, while he never comes alive as a fully developed character. So - interesting, but not moving.
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