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Thursday the Rabbi Walked Out Hardcover – 1978
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Certainly any of the "day" novels of Kemelman are a treat (the first was "Friday the Rabbi Slept Late") and on this particular "day" (Thursday) readers will not be disappointed. Kemelman's style is fast-paced and his detective revelations are logical, solid, and do not insult the reader. Clearly, he takes the time and patience to weave his tales--and they are worth the wait!
Reading the 'Rabbi' series is like eating comfort food. Start your immersion into Rabbi Small's world with the first novel in the series--"Friday the Rabbi Slept Late", and then continue through the 'week' (Sat., Sun., Mon., etc.), because each novel includes recurring characters and refers to events from previous novels. In that way you will trace the rabbi's tenure in the congregation and the history of his sleuthing.
There is a formulaic aspect to the Rabbi Small novels that does not detract from the reader's pleasure: Rabbi Small is engaged in a struggle with some members of his congregation over an aspect of Jewish practice, a single murder intrudes upon his rabbinical duties, the murder typically occurs in the first fifty pages of the book, the most prominent suspects (typically members of his congregation) are invariably 'red herrings', the police always have the wrong theory of the case, the rabbi (like Sherlock Holmes) has to solve the case for the police, and the murderer is always a minor character introduced early in the novel and then ignored until the mystery is resolved in the last 10 pages.
Those caveats aside, the Rabbi Small novels are a great read -- try it, you'll like it.
To spice things up, Rabbi Small is in danger of losing his job in this book. It's fun to watch him come to the rescue of the very people who want to oust him.
The plot of this Thursday mystery is especially clever. And the times are especially interesting. Women's Lib is big, and Rabbi Small, a traditionalist, is not exactly politically correct. If that bothers you, you might not be pleased with this particular book. But I find the shabby rabbi so charming, his subtle sense of humor so engaging, and his surprising exposition of Judaic philosophy so intriguing, that I forgive him anything.
I'd suggest reading the Rabbi Small mysteries in order, to follow his rocky rabbinical career, and his complex cases, as they unfold. This is a great series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
hard not to love the Rabbi series. I appreciated the insights into Judiasm/Christianity as much as the mysteryPublished 6 months ago by philomath
I really enjoy these books and always look forward to the newest one, or re-reading an old one.Published 10 months ago by Fran Roberts
This is a good story,but then I wish there more stories about the rabbi. It is a good book and well worth reading.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I Just started reading the Rabbi Small series by Harry Kemelman and I am learning about the differences between peoples of different religions. Read morePublished 23 months ago by D. at LLRC
Just love Rabbi Small. Highly entertaining as well as educational!Published on July 4, 2014 by Louise Guay