WINNER OF A NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD
A USA TODAY BESTSELLER
"A gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuance, narration, and the politics of passion."—Toni Morrison
Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.
When Helen is summoned by a former student to view a cache of newly discovered seventeenth-century Jewish documents, she enlists the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents' scribe, the elusive "Aleph."
Electrifying and ambitious, The Weight of Ink is about women separated by centuries—and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.
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The weight of reading
This author earned 5 stars but I want to emphasize that this is a brilliant book for a small audience. I should rate it a 3 to discourage most readers. I was not part of the select intellectuals who would understand all the Shakespearean references or ANY historical Jewish writing. I enjoy learning but it took me a long time to get through the book because I had to go slowly and really consider what the characters were saying. It was like deciphering 1100 pages of poetry. It was beautifully written and I enjoyed the authors ingenious 17th century style prose. As I mentioned, I probably comprehended little of what the author was offering but it was still an amazing story. I appreciated how the author revealed history repeating itself in tragic love stories and society (religions) shunning those who don’t fit. Misfits of the world unite and form a service at the temple maybe?
This is the best, most moving book I have read in a long time. Great ending, too.
The Weight of Ink
This is a phenomenal book. I usually read fiction for entertainment but THIS book.....I was spellbound by its prose as well as its plot. Thank you Ms. Kaddish.