The Ghost of Hannah Mendes: A Novel

The Ghost of Hannah Mendes: A Novel

by Naomi Ragen
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The Ghost of Hannah Mendes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
irisflower More than 1 year ago
The ancient history written in the diary of Hannah Mendes is fascinating and very well written. However, the characters of the modern women are so one dimensional as to be trite. It was hard to feel any connection with all these self centered characters. I loved the history but the connection between the diary pages and the modern day story should have been a better story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is very romantic, and I could relate in some ways to Francesca and in other ways to Suzanne. I enjoy analyzing their mindsets. The story moves very fast also. Most of all, Jewish laws and traditions are actually portrayed in a very positive way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a young Jewish girl who never understood the meaning of my religion. Actually, it was more than that, I never even cared. Reading this book, showed me that religion is more than just a faith; it is a tradition passed down by family. This book was outstanding because not only did it teach me what I didn't care to learn, it put in some fun extra love story too. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys staying up until two in the morning because they can't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying I am not Jewish. You certainly don't need to be to enjoy this book. As a Christian growing up in NY, I've always tried to understand the unique way my Jewish friends approached their religion (as a culture, as an everyday part of their life, as if there is a chip on their shoulder). In all my learning of the old testament and the Holocaust I still always thought I was missing a piece of the story. In a subtle, mysterious, romantic, touching way this book made me understand all of it. Even if it doesn't have that meaning to you, this book is an intriguing, interesting story. I stayed up reading into the wee hours and I haven't done that in years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In her fourth Jewish themed novel, Naomi Ragen weaves an entrancingly powerful story about the fictional descendants of a real historical figure, Hannah Mendes, also known as Gracia Nasi. The story includes a search for geneological roots, strong female characters, young women reclaiming their heritage, and even a bit of a love story or two. I always enjoyed Naomi Ragen's writing, both her novels and her Jerusalem Post column, and this novel is her best to date. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting tale of past and present as the family matriarch seeks to insure the family legacy continues.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It makes you even MORE proud to be a Jew. Dona Gracia is a modern Queen Esther. If you love a well written and meaningful story- you must read this amazing novel!