- Series: Rashi's Daughters (Book 3)
- Paperback: 425 pages
- Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (August 4, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452295688
- ISBN-13: 978-0452295681
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rashi's Daughters, Book III: Rachel: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France Paperback – August 4, 2009
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About the Author
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. In the early 1990's, Anton began studying Talmud in a class for women 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. 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 book about them was born.
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Top Customer Reviews
so I looked forward to a great read this time.
Unfortunately, this book is plagued by several problems that detracted from what could have
been an interesting story:
1. Anton goes too far in attempting to include scattered bits of royal intrigue in the story.
It is impossible to keep track of the minor nobility/Church players who come up once or twice
to do something that never matters to the story. She should have stayed with the characters who
have roles in the plot of her main story, which would still have left many political and religious
2. Anton does not carefully weave new/remembered characters into the story, so more than once
I was going back to check who someone was in the family tree. This is made more difficult by the
fact that lots of people have duplicate names (not her fault) and the fact that she did not
include children who died early on the family tree (her fault), or a general list/glossary of
characters from the first two books (her fault). Yes, I read the first two, but I did not
have their characters at the top of my mind every second, and that should not be necessary
in reading the third book of a trilogy.
3. Anton's editors made a common mistake for established best-selling writers: they did not
edit the book carefully, leaving such glaring errors as "principle mourners" for "principal
mourners," misplaced punctuation, mis-conjugated verbs, and spelling errors.
4. The characters Eliezer and Rachel are simply not believable in many of their life
choices. It would have been far more believable, for instance, if Rachel and Dovid had
had some (any!) action. It would have been more believable if Rachel had refrained from
being overwrought with passion for her husband (!) when he continually treats her poorly
and cheats on her. Rachel's relationships with other people, like her parents, sisters,
and children - are all very well done and believable, so it is just this one that is
problematic and poorly written.
5. Anton missed a brilliant chance to address what was likely an STD (syphilis?) infection
that kept causing Eliezer's reproductive woes, considering his promiscuity. Usually she does
a great job with the historical-medical content, but not in this case - she did not use it
as a plot element.
...I do think that Anton is a good writer, and I would likely buy books from her next
series. But I hope that she will put as much effort into later chapters of her story as she
does into the beginnings.
Author Maggie Anton's analysis of source materials from the predominately Christian culture of medieval France is paired with her passion for Jewish Talmud as a spiritual life source worthy of study today. The story of the latter's leading scholar ends as it began in Book I. It continues in the timeless familial tradition of both faiths -- through the memories of the next generation.
Reading the last volume of a great trilogy provides a bittersweet experience. It allows us to follow the characters and plot to a fitting conclusion in a now familiar past one can virtually see and taste. But that very end point leaves us frozen in time on a much-loved and long-traveled road, wanting to go further. Clearly, "Rashi's Daughters, Book III: Rachel," is above leaving any obvious openings for sequels or prequels. This underscores the artistry of an author ready to lead us into different cultures from other centuries past. After promoting this great read, Ms. Anton can get back to work, re-applying her research skills and writing gifts without any need to repeat herself. We don't know where she'll take us next, but my hunch is Ms. Anton already does.
Rashi's Daughters, Book 1: JohevedRashi's Daughters, Book II: Miriam: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France