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Der Diamant des Salomon

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Harry Hopeman, miembro de una dinastÃa de diamantistas, recibe un dÃa una propuesta: recuperar un diamante legendario que ha despertado interés de gente muy dispar. El encargo, que llevará a Harry a abandonar Nueva York para instalarse en Tierra Santa, se convertirá en un viaje casi iniciático en el que el tratante se reencontrará con sus raÃces. La historia del diama ...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Goldmann (first published 1979)
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Valeria Uribe
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Why? Gordon mixed history and fiction with flashbacks to the past. If you read the book you will learned about Judaism and, of course, diamonds. Wonderful book.
Diane
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start with - I love Noah Gordon! I first read Mr Gordon's Cole series - The Physician, Shaman & Matters of Choice. Loved them all! The Jerusalem Diamond is an earlier book by Mr Gordon. It took me a little while to "get into" the book, but once I did, it came to life, as all of his books do. He not only develops characters who come to life, but he intertwines the stories with such interesting history, I find myself unable to put the book down! And unlike some other books, I never trul ...more
Cat
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in Portuguese, and that was a negative point on the whole experience. I'm so used to read the original English versions, that this translated looked a bit weird.

As for the book itself, the best of it were historical bits about the Jews and their diamond trade. Aparte from that, I could find the book very interesting, as I think it is supposed to be. The main character is so shallow and uninteresting that made me want to put the book down. I went through the whole book just wishi
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Alejandro Canton-Dutari
Noah Gordon is an expert at describing Jewish life, be it during the times of the Crusades and at present.
In this novel, which almost reads like a detective story with frequent turns back to the AD era, the mysteries of diamond cutting, selling and its relation to Jewish craft artists and merchants is brought into the open. Throw in a bit of archaeology in Israel and you encounter an interesting story. Though this is not the best of his books -- my humble opinion.
Historical fiction is the author
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Erdmannlibob
Roman über einen Diamantenhändler, welcher in Jerusalem einen alten, heiss begehrten Diamanten wiederbeschaffen soll und sich dabei gleichzeitig mit seiner aktuellen Lebenssituation auseinanderzusetzt. Der Leser begleitet den Händler bei kurzweiligen Begegnungen mit Menschen verschiedener Herkunft und Religionszugehörigkeit, erfährt viel über den Beruf des Diamantenschleifers und wird, typisch Noah Gordon, mit (lehrreichen) Infos zum Judentum unterhalten. Abgesehen von der (meiner Meinung nach) ...more
José
Short english review: it wasn't a bad book but I think that it could be resolved in less pages. The most enjoyable aspect of this book was the historical chapters but it fall short compared to other Noah Gordon's books. I recommend reading The Physician first.

Pocas veces me pasa desear que un libro se termine, lamentablemente este fue uno de esos casos. Compré este libro porque El médico es uno de los mejores libros de novela histórica que he leído así que quería probar algún otro libro de este
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Blaine DeSantis
Probably a 3.5. Very difficult to rate this book. No way, shape or form like The Physician which is a marvelous work, The Jerusalem Diamond was a fast read but dealt with characters that were totally unappealing to me. The lead character, Harry Hupman did absolutely nothing that would make anyone really like him and yet he allegedly gets a Yemeni woman to fall in love with him and tell us all how lovable he is. Not really. An egotist, and a real showoff to me, Harry is supposed to be on the trai ...more
Mazel
Aug 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman-historique
" Un de vos ancêtres a taillé ce diamant.
Un autre l'a monté sur la mitre de Grégoire pour notre Sainte Mère l'Eglise.

Maintenant nous aimerions que vous suiviez cette tradition et nous rendiez service. Soyez notre mandataire. Aidez-nous à récupérer ce qui nous appartient.

" L'Œil d'Alexandre. Un merveilleux diamant jaune, une pierre unique qui fit jadis partie du trésor du Temple de Jérusalem.

Les archéologues viennent de faire une découverte capitale : des rouleaux de cuivre sur lesquels ont é
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Carolyn
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Very disappointing - I had been expecting a historical mystery / adventure story based on the write-up. Instead it's a completely lame story about this smug idiot's half-baked affair. Honestly, if you are such a poor story teller that you have to rely on describing other people having sex for a plot point, please consider another profession. Or at least be upfront about what your book is about. If I wanted a lame but entertaining romance story I would have picked a Janetta Walters.

I gave this bo
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Maca Godoy
(2.5/5) El diamante de Jerusalén ha sido un libro que no ha cumplido mis expectativas, aunque no me ha disgustado del todo (el lector necesita un periodo de adaptación a la novela, eso sí). Una historia interesante sobre un diamante robado de la que siento que no se ha aprovechado todo su potencial, con unos personajes algo planos, pero que termina atrapándote en cierto modo y que hace que tu curiosidad aumente poco a poco hasta descubrir los secretos más oscuros de esta época de la Historia Uni ...more
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Noah Gordon is an American novelist. Some of the topics covered within his novels include medical history and medical ethics. More recently he has begun to focus more on themes relating to the Inquisition, and Jewish cultural history. His novel Shaman won the first James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction in 1993.

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“firms doing business with Israel. “I have clients interested in buying a diamond,” Sawyer said. Eight months before, a necklace had been ordered from Hopeman & Son by a customer in Kuwait, and then the order had been cancelled abruptly. Since then, nothing had been sold to anyone in the Arab countries. “I’ll be happy to have someone show you what we have,” he said, bemused. “No, no. They desire a particular diamond, offered for sale in the Holy Land.” “Where?” Sawyer raised a hand. “In Israel. They wish you to go there to buy it for them.” “It is nice to be needed.” Sawyer shrugged. “You are Harry Hopeman.” “Who are ‘they’?” “I am not at liberty. You understand.” “I am not interested,” Harry said. “Mr. Hopeman. It will be a brief trip that will open important doors and bring you such a lot of money. We are businessmen. Please do not allow politics—” “Mr. Sawyer. If your employers want me to work for them, they must ask me themselves.” His visitor” 0 likes
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