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Ebook Joheved by Maggie Anton read! Book Title: Joheved
The author of the book: Maggie Anton
Edition: Banot Press
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Reader ratings: 7.5
Date of issue: June 15th 2005
ISBN: 0976305054
ISBN 13: 9780976305057
Language: English
Format files: PDF

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I wanted to like this book, I really did.

Anton seeks to bring to life a place, time and people who have been overlooked. She obviously did a lot of research, and boy does it show! The book is crammed full of information on things like 11th century agriculture, French politics, and Jewish law, and tries to faithfully render to the most minute detail (moss used for toilet paper! how to prune grape vines! a demon for every cough and bad thought! ) what it would have been like to grow up the daughter of Rashi.

Every now and then there would be a glimmer of a good book – moments when the narrator shuts up long enough to take a breath and allows the characters to speak for themselves and have the “plot”, such as it is, move along with organic actions, conversations and thoughts.

But mostly all we get is a plodding journey of daily Jewish life in 11th century Troyes, with Anton shoehorning in tons of awkward scenes where Character A will explain, in detail, to Character B everything from wine making to Purim to prostitution to leather tanning to local politics, with both the character explaining something and then Anton adding in extra explanations to make sure we get that wine is an important export product in France.

What the book lacks is proper world building. You either have to throw reader and character straight into the deep end of the pool, or you do a slow layer by layer, build up, of what constitutes the world you are entering.

Anton does neither.

She grasps the reader firmly by the hand, as if expecting us to wander off like a toddler, and explains each and every detail, operation, feeling, event, and Thing of Important Historical Note, without a shred of trust that her reader can think for herself.

It would have been better, plot wise, if Rashi and his family had been side characters and the story focused on an outsider who gradually learned about their world. The problem with being noted for scholastic achievement, as Rashi and his whole family were, means they spend the whole book being, well, scholarly, and having characters spend most of the time sitting and reading books does not an exciting plot make.

I wanted to like this book, I really did.

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Ebook Joheved read Online! Maggie Anton was born Margaret Antonofsky in Los Angeles, California. Raised in a secular, socialist household, she reached adulthood with little knowledge of her Jewish religion. All that changed when David Parkhurst, who was to become her husband, entered her life, and they both discovered Judaism as adults. That was the start of a lifetime of Jewish education, synagogue involvement, and ritual observance. In 2006, Anton retired from being a clinical chemist in Kaiser Permanente's Biochemical Genetics Laboratory to become a fulltime writer.

In the early 1990's, Anton learned about a women's Talmud class taught by Rachel Adler, now a professor at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. She became intrigued with the idea that Rashi, one of the greatest Jewish scholars ever, had no sons, only three daughters. Slowly but surely, she began to research the family and the time in which they lived. Much was written about Rashi, but almost nothing of the daughters, except their names and the names of their husbands. Legend has it that Rashi's daughters were learned in a time when women were traditionally forbidden to study the sacred texts. These forgotten women seemed ripe for rediscovery, and the idea of a trilogy of historical novels about them was born.

After the success of "Rashi's Daughters" Anton started researching the lives of women in 4th-century Babylonia, where the Talmud was being created. Surprised by the prevalence of sorcery among rabbinic families, she wrote "Rav Hisda's Daughter: Bk 1 - Apprentice," which was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award Fiction finalist and a Library Journal pick for Best Historical Fiction. This was followed by its sequel, "Enchantress: A Novel of Rav Hisda's Daughter."

Anton's then turned her attention to nonfiction, with the publication of "Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say about You-Know-What," a light-hearted look at sexuality in the Talmud.

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