Saturday, June 20, 2009

Rating : 3.0/5
Number of Pages : 63
Format : Folklore Anthology
Reason for Reading : Once Upon a Time III Challenge

A collection of legends and folklore surrounding the Prague Golem, it's creation and the Jews living in Prague. It is made up of a series of short tales in roughly chronological order including tales of the New-Old Sysnagogue, the Quiet Jew and Rabbi Loew who famously created the Golem to save the Jews of Prague.

There are some lovely pen drawings to accompany the tales and it was interesting to read stories from an area I have visited. I was lucky enough to visit the Jewish cemetary on my second trip to Prague and get a photo of Loew's grave as well as visit the New-Old Synagogue. Reading these tales made me want to go back again.

I think the story that most stuck in my mind was that entitled Rabbi Loew and the Rose which tells of the death of Loew. He was quite the inventor making a devide that told him every time the angel of death was near as well as the famous Golem.


Debi said...

I'd never heard of this before, but I have to say it sounds really fascinating!

Ana S. said...

I've been meaning to read more on the Prague Golem ever since I read Kavalier & Clay (the Golem plays a big role in the story). I didn't know this book existed, so thank you for bringing it to my attention!