Yonah Toledano, the 15-year-old son of a celebrated Spanish silversmith, has seen his father and brother die during these terrible days - victims whose murders go almost unnoticed in a time of mass upheaval. Trapped in Spain by circumstances, he is determined to honor the memory of his family by remaining a Jew.
On a donkey named Moise, Yonah begins a meandering journey, a young fugitive zigzagging across the vastness of Spain. Toiling at manual labor, he desperately tries to cling to his memories of a vanished culture. As a lonely shepherd on a mountaintop he hurls snatches of almost forgotten Hebrew at the stars, as an apprentice armorer he learns to fight like a Christian knight. Finally, as a man living in a time and land where danger from the Inquisition is everywhere, he deals with the questions that mark his past. How he discovers the answers, how he finds his way to a singular and strong Marrano woman, how he achieves a life with the outer persona of a respected Old Christian physician and the inner life of a secret Jew, is the fabric of this novel. The Last Jew is a glimpse of the past, an authentic tale of high adventure, and a tender and unforgettable love story. In it, Noah Gordon utilizes his greatest strengths, and the result is remarkable and moving....Continua
Il re e la regina di Spagna emanano l'editto per cui tutti gli ebrei devono lasciare il regno pena la morte. La situazione già critica diventa rischiosa per tutti loro. Il protagonista adolescente del romanzo scampa alla morte ma la sua famiglia viene uccisa o dispersa. Si ritroverà a vagare per la Spagna per anni finché non verrà ospitato da un medico a Saragozza che poi gli insegnerà il mestiere....Continua
A very engrossing portrayal of the Jewish plight during the Spanish Inquisition period of 1489-1509. Not as thoroughly satisfying as "The Physician", but certainly a treasure trough of insight into Jewish culture and history.