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The Origin of Sorrow
     

The Origin of Sorrow

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by Robert Mayer
 

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It was a time of love, of struggle, of hope, of worship, of the birth of dynasties and the crushing affliction of hatred...

In the 1770s, the Jews of Frankfurt are trapped, both physically by the walls of the ghetto within which they must dwell, and in a larger sense by the rules of a society in which they are outcasts, legally debased and barely suffered to

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It was a time of love, of struggle, of hope, of worship, of the birth of dynasties and the crushing affliction of hatred...

In the 1770s, the Jews of Frankfurt are trapped, both physically by the walls of the ghetto within which they must dwell, and in a larger sense by the rules of a society in which they are outcasts, legally debased and barely suffered to live.

And yet within those confines they find life, in all its glories and tragedies. This is the story of young Guttle, whose sweet face and curves could win her any man in her little world, but whose keen mind demands the best. It is the tale of Meyer Rothschild, who knows all the ways of the business world but discovers the ways of the heart. It is a tale of love and lust, of murder and betrayal, of holy works and unholy schemes, of bakers and brigands, of hope and of ruin. This is a novel, both amusing and sad, that will grace your bookshelf for generations – a book you will want your children to read and discuss as they reach maturity.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013344556
Publisher:
About Comics/Combustoica
Publication date:
09/11/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
578
Sales rank:
511,011
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Mayer has written for Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, GQ, and more. His first novel, Superfolks, changed superhero fiction forever. Best-selling author John Grisham called his The Dreams of Ada “a fascinating book, a wonderful reminder of how good true-crime writing can be.”
Mayer lives in New Mexico with his tapestry-weaving wife, La Donna, and their people-loving pit bull.

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The Origin Of Sorrow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
IVF More than 1 year ago
Best historical fiction I have ever read. It is factually accurate and totally absorbing. It takes place in the Frankfurt Ghetto in the 1700s at a time when Jews were treated as one step above vermin. Nevertheless, they lead rich, passionate lives within the confines of the ghetto. It gives an insight into the growth and evolution of the ghetto and the society within through the decades. The characters are so alive that I still miss them even though I read the book over a month ago. I can't believe it is not on the bestseller list!