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El último judío

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"El último judío" toma como punto de partida la expulsión de los judíos en la España del siglo XV y como protagonista al joven Yonah Toledano. Cuando Yonah es separado de los únicos miembros de su familia que quedan con vida, se ve forzado a abandonar su hogar en búsqueda de un nuevo lugar donde poder establecerse sin tener que reunciar a sus creencias. Contrario a la conv ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Punto de Lectura (first published 1999)
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Beatriz
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noah Gordon... impecable! Como siempre nos deleita con una lectura entretenida, fresca y muy bien documentada. Sin embargo y aunque uno trate de evitarlo, es imposible no compararlo con otro de sus libros: El médico, por las similitudes en el argumento.

Así nuevamente nos encontramos con un personaje principal que desde muy joven se enfrenta a la dolorosa pérdida de su familia y debe sobrevivir como pueda, en una época marcada por el fervor religioso, en la que además debe ocultar sus creencias.
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Jane
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, spain, reviewed
Gordon's scathing denunciation of prejudice and its effects, couched in a moving narrative. Yonah, a young Jew in 15th century Spain, is forced to flee his home of Toledo after a younger brother and father, a talented silversmith, are killed in what we'd call a pogrom which followed Ferdinand and Isabella's infamous Order of Expulsion of Jews from Spain. Yes, THOSE monarchs! Yonah, throughout his life, holds on to his religion and stays one step ahead of the horrible Inquisition. He represents h ...more
Bettie☯
Description: Set at the time of the Spanish Inquisition, all Jews are to be exiled from Spain. Orphaned Yonah manages to stay and learn physician's skills from a mentor.
With love
For Caleb and Emma
and Grandma
Opening: The Silversmith's Son: The bad time began for Bernado Espina on a day when air hung heavy as iron and the arrogant sunshine was a curse. That morning his crowded dispensary had been almost emptied when a pregnant woman's water burst, and he banished from the room the two patients wh
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
If you're like me and don't know a lot about late-15th-century Spain, this novel is a nice accessible little history lesson. I learned a lot about beliefs and customs at the time of the Spanish Inquisition.

Ferdinand and Isabella issued a royal edict expelling all Jews from Spain. Fifteen-year-old Yonah Toledano is a Jewish boy whose family members have all fled or been slain. He stays in Spain, keeping his Jewishness a secret and using a Christian name. He travels far and wide on his trusty bur
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Antonio Rosato
Libro davvero spettacolare e, lo dico senza esagerare, uno dei più belli ad aver mai letto! Ambientato in un paesaggio splendidamente descritto ed in un periodo storico molto "buio" per la comunità ebraica in Spagna narra, detto in parole povere, le peripezie dell'ultimo ebreo in territorio iberico al tempo della cacciata degli ebrei per mano dei regnanti cattolici (fatto realmente avvenuto il 31 marzo 1492) che, giurando vendetta prima su chi ha ucciso suo fratello e suo padre e successivamente ...more
Alessandro
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ti vien voglia di girare tutta la Spagna a fianco di Jonah Toledano, che tenta di sfuggire all'Inquisizione, che in quel periodo voleva scacciare e mandare via tutti gli ebrei dai propri territori. E così comincia un nuovo esodo. Alcuni si convertono, altri fuggono fuori i confini, ma Jonah no. Lui vuole mantenere la parola data a suo padre e anche a se stesso. Lui rimarrà l'unico Ebreo di Spagna. Qui si sposterà di città in città, rimanendo incantato e adattandosi a ogni tipo di lavoro. Qui cer ...more
Anna Engel
The story is that, upon the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, young Yonah Toledano is left alone as the last Jew in Spain (highly doubtful!). He wanders around, bereft of family and community, taking on a variety of jobs as needed to survive. He apprentices to an armorer, which ultimately doesn't work out when his master is killed. Honor-bound to deliver a box of money to the armorer's brother, who happens to be a physician, Yonah finds himself apprenticed to the physician. He eventually becomes ...more
Shomeret
This book changed its nature three times during the course of the narrative. It started off as a whodunit, became a picaresque novel(about a wanderer who has adventures) and finally a book that reminded me of Greek tragedy because destiny or the Fates seemed to play a rather relentless role. The picaresque aspect took up most of the book as the main character, Yonah Toledano, wandered through different parts of medieval Spain. The best known picaresque novel is Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes. T ...more
Lauren
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I've read in a while. The setting is fascinating and terrifying - the Spanish inquisition. While the inquisition is a continual backdrop - especially the first half of the book - the book is not really about the horrors of the inquisition in the blood and gore sense. Yes, there are some passages about the brutality, but this book is at its core a deep character study.

The Last Jew is about Yonah Toledano, a man who by circumstances ends up orphaned at the time of th
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Christine
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The year is 1492 and the royal decree has gone out that all Jews in Spain must be out in three months.
What follows is understandably chaotic and cruel. But what befalls the Toledano family is especially horrible. The Inquisition looms large throughout the entire story and 15 year old Jonah faces almost insurmountable challenges. Somehow, trapped in Spain after the expulsion, this lonely Jew makes a life for himself and his story is riveting.
kristin
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book as a way to familiarize myself with the history of Spain. I traveled to Spain and Portugal this past summer and had a fun time reading the history of this painful period.
Peter
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Jew (2000) is the second book by Gordon that I've read in recent months. The first was The Physician (2001). His stories offer excellent reading value both as a result of the amount of historical research he puts into them which give them a feel of authenticity as well as the way each story is crafted.

The Last Jew takes place during the Inquisition in Spain in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The first part of the book conveys the devastating impact the Inquisition had on Jews.
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Reinhold
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Das vorliegende Werk ist überhaupt nicht mit Noah Gordons Werk 'Der Medicus' zu vergleichen. Das ist nicht gut, das ist nicht schlecht - das ist einfach ein Fakt. Hier wäre es sicherlich klüger gewesen, den von Gordon selbst gewählten Titel des Originals 'The Last Jew' (Der letzte Jude) zu nehmen.

Der Medicus von Saragossa beschäftigt sich mit dem Leben eines Mannes, der als Knabe im Spanien des ausklingenden Mittelalters und der beginnenden Renaissance zu überleben versucht. Seine Familie wurde
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Anto_s1977
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helkias Toledano è un famoso argentiere spagnolo di religione ebraica. I suoi lavori sono molto richiesti e il monastero dell'Annunziata gli commissione un reliquiario che possa conservare le ossa di sant'Anna e ridare prestigio al luogo di culto. Dato il valore dell'oggetto in questione, la consegna deve avvenire di notte, ma il primogenito dell'argentiere, a cui era stato affidato il compito, viene intercettato e ucciso dai contrabbandieri di reliquie che abbondano nella Spagna del '500.
L'assa
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Amy
I read The Physician by this same author years ago and bits and pieces have come back at odd times to haunt me. I suspect it will be the case with this book as well. This period of Jewish history has always fascinated me (though my family's background is from an entirely different region.)

As to the book itself, I found the pace a little uneven and the story thinned out in points to test my powers of believability. But all in all, I am more satisfied than less. Even if it got a little pat in plac
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Michal
2.5 stars
I think the author wrote, unintentionally, about the Jews of the last 80 years: they know it is important to be a Jew but they either don't know why or they are unable to articulate why. Actually, there is always a percentage of Jews in each generation that are cultural Jews and do not have the knowledge of Judaism to understand what is to be a Jew and the value in persisting to be Jewish, even if it means death, imprisonment or exile. These days the Holocaust and Israel substitute for
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Olethros
-Sin grises y predecible en su derivas generales.-

Género. Novela histórica.

Lo que nos cuenta. El libro El último judío (publicación original: The Last Jew, 1999) nos lleva hasta Toledo a finales del siglo XV, cuando el asesinato de un joven judío pone en marcha una investigación extraoficial que alguien detendrá en seco. Uno de los hermanos del muchacho, Yonah, sufrirá unos años después las consecuencias del edicto real para la expulsión de los judíos del territorio del Reino de España: demasiad
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Julián
El mundo es un pañuelo y la España del siglo XV, ni te cuento. Nuestro último judío se va encontrando con los mismos personajes en cada esquina de la península, desde Toledo hasta Granada y los Pirineos. ¿Para qué reparar en verosimilitudes cuando se quiere hacer algo entretenido? Como también ocurre en El médico, el autor se ha documentado poco (o si lo ha hecho, lo consigue disimular). Pero las cosas como son: el libro es entretenido y de lectura fácil. Otra cosa, el protagonista aprende hebre ...more
Lawrence Schwimmer
This is a wonderfully absorbing historical novel about people (and the central character, a Jew) living during the 15th century and the Spanish Inquisition. The author is a great story-teller and weaves his character through this period in history giving you the feeling that you are a living, breathing person alive during this tumultuous time. This story engages you from the very beginning a holds your interest until the last page. And, like most great books...you only wish the book were longer! ...more
Cindy Katz
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is 1492 in Spain and the Inquisition is in full force. A young lone man travels to avoid being found out. Not only is the historical piece interesting, the character himself, Yonah, is interesting, forced to try his hand at whatever gainful opportunity presents itself. This was a book club pick but I missed reading it then. I picked it up to read while traveling through Spain. This made for an even better read and added to my travel experience. I recommend.
Karen
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
15th Century and the Spanish Inquistion...Ferdinand and Isabella kick all the Jews out of Spain and this book tells the story of one who stayed behind in hiding. The first half of the book is REALLY slow but the last half you can't put down. Learned a lot about a time period I don't know much about plus can't see that much has changed from the 15th and 21st Centuries...we still can't get along!
Sori
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was worried that this would turn into "My name is Yonah Toledano. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Then nothing much happened, and I wish it had.
Dhe
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ho recentemente scritto un'opinione su un altro libro di questo autore, anticipando che essendo entusista del libro ne avevo già preso un altro in biblioteca ed eccomi qui infatti, sempre convinta di aver scoperto uno scrittore interessante e decisamente capace.

gordon è uno scrittore particolare, per quanto mi riguarda ho scoperto un ottimo scrittore di libri storici, la sua caratteristica principale pare essere scrivere libri in cui in un qualche modo c'entra la medicina e devo dire che riesce
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Andrés Sarmiento
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia fácil de leer y que lleva a conocer cómo la religión ha sido una disculpa para matarnos desde hace muchos siglos. Aunque comparte mucho la base de otra historia de Noah “El Medico” y es divertido, no me cautivó.
Celeste
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Como siempre, Noah Gordon nos trae una historia apasionante y bien documentada. Ha habido otros libros de este mismo autor que me han gustado más pero no significa que esta novela sea muy francamente entretenida.

Recomendable 100%.
Bob Kenobi
An entertaining book, nice setting in the Inquisition Spain, but quite predictable, it made me think that I have read too many historical novels and now nothing surprises me (GRRM destroyed our "plot twist" expectancies too).
Actually, I had always wanted to re-read "The Physician" by Noah Gordon, which is probably the book that impacted me the most in my life (I was 12 when I read it). But after reading this, maybe I just decide to keep my memories intact.
Sabine
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
Vorweg eines: man darf dieses Buch nicht mit „Der Medicus“ vergleichen, auch wenn der Titel suggeriert, dass dies die Fortsetzung des Bestsellers ist. Es ist ein eigenständiges Buch und der Originaltitel „The Last Jew“ ist weitaus passender für diesen Roman.
In Spanien herrscht die Inquisition, man schreibt das Jahr 1492. Nach dem Mord an seinem Bruder und Vater steht der 13jährige Jona völlig alleine da, Juden ist es verboten, im Land zu bleiben, so dass er sich auf eine abenteuerliche Reise mac
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Jessica
The back cover of this book promised me "a glimpse of history, an authentic tale of high adventure, and a tender and unforgettable love story," about a fugitive learning to fight like a knight, and "hurling snatches of almost forgotten Hebrew at the stars." I expected an exploration of what being Jewish meant to the main character, and why he would accept a life as a fugitive to hold on to it.

I got a so-so historical adventure story. I felt as if the author wanted to remind his readers every so
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Ernesto
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La novela se basa en un hecho histórico: a finales del siglo XVI, los Reyes Católicos de España lideran una expulsión judía del territorio español. En este marco se narra la historia de un personaje que, a pesar de todas las desgracias y desdichas que tiene que soportar, va logrando sobreponerse y sobresalir en la sociedad, ocultando todo el tiempo su condición de judío, pero al mismo tiempo recordando en cada momento de dónde viene.

El libro (y la autora) tiene un estilo muy parecido al de Ken
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Manugw
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
IMPLAUSIBLE

Yonah Toledano, is a Jewish youngster who loses his family when Jews are expelled from Spain by Royal mandate at the end of the 15th century and the ruthless Inquisition institution of the Catholic Church prepares to gets in full force to render Spain full Christian
Though entertaining, the tale fails to go deep enough as to grasp the roots of the life problems that beset the character, in fact is unable to catch the essence of the suffering of a Jew who is undergoing two different and
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“¿Significaba que, si los judíos estuvieran en el poder en lugar de la Iglesia, ellos también utilizarían a Dios para destruir a los no creyentes? ¿Era inevitable que el poder religioso absoluto llevara aparejada una absoluta crueldad? «Ha-Rakhaman, Padre Nuestro del Cielo, único Dios de todos, ¿por qué permites que se cometan tantas matanzas en tu Nombre?»” 2 likes
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