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The Heretic by Lewis M. Weinstein
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Recommended for: Everyone who enjoys a great story told well.

If I kept a GR shelf for family sagas, this book would be proudly placed there along with The Pillars of the Earth, Gone With the Wind, and The Age Of Innocence. In my mind they are all historical novels which describe families and their trials and tribulations of living in troubling and/or interesting times.

This historical fiction was set during the Spanish Inquisition which I knew little about. During this inquisition under Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain in the late 1400’s and early 1500’s, the Catalan family tries to live a peaceful life with their own beliefs. In public the family professes to be Catholic but behind closed doors, some family members still practiced Judaism. (It was a stigma to be anything other than Catholic.)

Each and every character is fully described and so well-drawn that the reader is totally immersed in the storyline. I was vested in this family, wanting them to succeed. Reading the book I had an urgent need to know what happens next to each one. I cared about them and that's always rewarding to me as a reader.

Lewis Weinstein does what he does best and does it well. He researches before he writes and it's obvious he's aware of the world he's in when he's writing. And good for him that his writing is not complicated. I hate useless words and there are none in this book.

Weinstein's writing fulfills the need to know at that particular moment of the story and moves the reader gently around each corner with just enough to urge the reader to flip to the next page sometimes more quickly than others.

I enjoyed reading this book so much. The ending, well the ending in my estimation was incredible. Just amazing. I re-read the ending because it was surprising and so beautifully written.

This book is a winner and is the first Weinstein I've read but I assure you it won't be my last.
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Reading Progress

November 15, 2012 – Shelved
March 24, 2014 – Started Reading
March 24, 2014 –
page 50
12.5% "Great storyline and characters I care about already. One of those books that I can't wait to find a few minutes to pick up and read. I love books like that...ones I want to take with me when I have errands."
March 25, 2014 –
page 144
36.0% "Loving this story and the characters are so great. Well, for the most part they're great. The bad guys are great in that I'm not liking them much. Of course I'm not supposed to like them. Such an enjoyable read and learning so much about the Spanish Inquisition. Unfortunately for me, I now have a big open empty box in my mind about the subject. Won't be so empty next week at this time."
March 26, 2014 –
page 221
55.25% "I'm so vested in this family and today slightly annoyed because I haven't had a minute to read. Will read some tonight, thank goodness. (Did get income tax prepared by AARP, free, and they gave me great news. So the day wasn't a total loss.) \n \n In reading "The Heretic" it occurred to me that I'm reminded of "Pillars of the Earth." Not sure yet just why."
March 26, 2014 – Finished Reading

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Lewis Weinstein CATHY ... Thank you so much for your kind words ... LEW


Cathy DuPont Lewis wrote: "CATHY ... Thank you so much for your kind words ... LEW"

Lew: It was a pleasure to read and a pleasure to write the review!


message 3: by Benjamin (new)

Benjamin Thomas Thanks for the great review Cathy. I've enjoyed quite a number of historical family sagas in my day (I do have a GR shelf) and would love to learn more about the Spanish Inquisition as well. Added this one to my list.

Ben


Cathy DuPont Benjamin wrote: "Thanks for the great review Cathy. I've enjoyed quite a number of historical family sagas in my day (I do have a GR shelf) and would love to learn more about the Spanish Inquisition as well. Adde..."

Thanks for your comment, Ben. Besides the "history lesson" wrapped around this family, the book was so easy to read. I like easy.


message 5: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten This book has come up on my radar before, but I've never gotten around to reading it. I'm encouraged that you enjoyed it so much. Great Review!


message 6: by Cathy (last edited May 22, 2014 01:54PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Cathy DuPont Jeffrey wrote: "This book has come up on my radar before, but I've never gotten around to reading it. I'm encouraged that you enjoyed it so much. Great Review!"

Thank you Jeff for your comment. If you thought my review was good, just wait until you read the book. It was very, very good.

And I like the fact that Lew Weinstein reads and writes reviews along with the rest of us.


Lewis Weinstein Cathy wrote: "Jeffrey wrote: "This book has come up on my radar before, but I've never gotten around to reading it. I'm encouraged that you enjoyed it so much. Great Review!"

Thank you Jeff for your comment. I..."


Thank you both. I do truly enjoy my time on GR,


message 8: by The (new) - added it

The night gazer nomad what is your reading speed ? seriously ? how much did it takeyou to finish this book? it would take a month to read it slowly to be able to understandthe details you mentioned..please help me out


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