July 8, 2020
Book Discussion Group More info ►
Second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Heuston Library of the Parish House, 2nd floor, to discuss the best of the classics and the best of the new. Everyone’s welcome. We discuss content and writing style; the reading list is selected by suggestions from the members.
December 17, 2019 (note date change): The Last Jew: A Novel of the Spanish Inquisition by Noah Gordon
In the year 1492, the Inquisition has all of Spain in its grip. After centuries of pogrom-like riots encouraged by the Church, the Jews are expelled from the country by royal edict. Many who wish to remain are intimidated by Church and Crown and become Catholics, but several hundred thousand choose to retain their religion and depart; given little time to flee, some perish even before they can escape
Yonah Toledano, the 15-year-old son of a celebrated Spanish silversmith, has seen his father and brother die during these terrible days. 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. 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 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 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.
Steps to Sobriety More info ►
Every Wednesday, 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM