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Is the Second ever as good as the First,
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This review is from: Rashi's Daughters, Book II: Miriam: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France (Paperback)
This is the second volume in a planned trilogy. It would have had a lot to achieve to live up to the first volume. It doesn't quite make it, unfortunately. It still has the flow and the readability of the first. Perhaps it is familiarity with the story which means it doesn't quite get over the bar.
I wondered how this book would stand up if one had not read the first and it was then that I realized why it didn't get there. Without the first volume the second would be not easily understood by the reader.
The writer is clear at the end who are fictitious and who are not; what parts are embellished and what are based on known facts. I was frustrated to be told that to find out sources it would be necessary to go to a website for the inclusion of that information in the first volume added value for me.
Overall I would not suggest that this book be read without having read the first volume