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The Jewel Trader of Pegu

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The Jewel Merchant of Pegu. This novel is written in the form of a series of letters to a cousin. Our traveler is Abraham and he writes to Joseph in the Venice ghetto. The Jews of Venice have been walled into what was once a shipyard and armory/5(22).

The Jewel Trader of Pegu. In the autumn ofAbraham, a melancholy young Jewish gem merchant, seeks his fortune far from the imprisoning ghetto walls of Venice. Traveling halfway across the world, he lands in the lush and exotic Burmese kingdom of Pegu—an alien place, yet one where the jewel trader is not shunned for his faith/5.

Scheduled for publication in earlyThe Jewel Trader of Pegu is the story of Abraham, a Jewish gem merchant from Venice who travels to the Burmese kingdom of Pegu and becomes immersed in a culture quite different from his own/5(27).

The Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hantover tells the story of Abraham, a young man from Venice who escapes the citys ghetto and restrictions on its Jewish citizens in the fall of His work takes him to the Burmese kingdom of Pegu, which has a rather unique custom of asking foreign traders to deflower young brides (this, by the way, is historically accurate)/5.

In the autumn ofAbraham, a melancholy young Jewish gem merchant, seeks his fortune far from the imprisoning ghetto walls of Venice.

The Jewel Trader of Pegu book halfway across the world, he lands in the lush and exotic Burmese kingdom of Pegu—an alien place, yet one where the jewel trader is not shunned for his faith.

The action in The Jewel Trader of Pegu revolves around a series of letters young Abraham writes to his cousin Joseph back in Venice about his impressions of this strange and exotic place where exist the Gujaratis, Malays, Siamese, and all of the other "brown-faced heathens." From his ship, Abraham sees for the first time jungles so thick with towering trees that sunlight rarely pierces their branches.

The Jewel Trader of Pegu was a very difficult book for me to grade. On the one hand, it features a truly unique setting and story – and beautiful writing. However, at times I felt as if the main story had more to do with the hero’s love of himself and his newfound sense of self and less with any real love for and relationship with the heroine.

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Open Library. The Jewel Trader of Pegu avg rating — ratings — published — 11 editions Want to Read saving /5. In the autumn ofAbraham, a melancholy young Jewish gem merchant, seeks his fortune far from the imprisoning ghetto walls of Venice.

Traveling halfway across the world, he lands in the lush and exotic Burmese kingdom of Pegu—an alien place, yet one where the jewel trader is not shunned for his faith. There is a price for his newfound freedom, however.

Book reviews. The Jewel Trader of Pegu Jeffrey Hantover Review by Sarah White. January Southeast Asian jewels were prized throughout Europe during the Renaissance, and traders regularly made the precarious, multiyear journey across the seas to trade for precious rubies and sapphires that would grace the crowns of kings and the necks of.

The Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hantover Historical fiction, pages, Paperback Harper Collins (Decem ) Abraha. The Jewel Trader of Pegu. Written by Jeffery Hantover Review by Patrika Salmon.

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In the s, news reached Italy of the source of Asia’s outstanding jewels. Sailors’ tales were backed by samples, and so Abraham, a dutiful and good nephew, is sent by his uncle on the long and difficult journey from Venice to trade for the jewels that will make their family fortune.

THE JEWEL TRADER OF PEGU is Mr. Hantover's first novel. I am so impressed with the story he created, as well as his beautiful prose -- so much of this novel read like poetry to me (which makes a lot of sense since Mr.

Hantover spent many years writing poetry.). Book Review: "The Jewel Trader of Pegu" Jeffrey Hantover's debut novel The Jewel Trader of Pegu (forthcoming from William Morrow) is a lavishly-described tale of late sixteenth-century southeast Asia (Pegu is a city in the southern part of Burma), told from the alternating perspectives of Venetian jewel broker Abraham and Mya, a young Burmese.

Jewish jewel trader Abraham, a widower at 28, leaves Venice in for Pegu, a Burmese kingdom halfway around the world, where he is to settle and acquire high-quality gems for the family business. The Jewel Trader of Pegu is so deeply beautiful, so well crafted (the story is told in letters and ruminations), that this book becomes its namesake, an absolute jewel.

Indeed, one that is a must read so that one can enjoy, appreciate, and behold its beauty/5(21). The Jewel Trader of Pegu (Book): Hantover, Jeffrey: A melancholy young Jewish gem merchant, Abraham, born in Venice, has lived his life behind the ghetto walls of that damp, oppressive city.

He has lost a wife and the son whose difficult birth killed her. Now there is nothing left for him there. 0 members have read this book In the autumn ofAbraham, a melancholy young Jewish gem merchant, seeks his fortune far from the imprisoning ghetto walls of Venice.

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Traveling halfway across the world, he lands in the lush and exotic Burmese kingdom of Pegu—an alien place, yet one where the jewel trader is not. An overpoweringly strange melange of sodden heat, colorful customs, and odd superstitions, it is a place and a people completely alien to him.

Yet in Pegu, the jewel trader is not hated or shunned for his faith. Here Abraham is a man. Here he is free. But there is a price for his newfound freedom. The Jewel Trader of Pegu is an extensively researched and beautifully written book. It was surely a great challenge for Hantover to write from the alternating perspectives of Abraham, a 16th century Jew in Venice, and Mya, who is illiterate, but it didn’t show at all in the prose–and I consider that a sign of great writing.

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The Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hantover. Abraham is a young Jewish man from the ghettos of Venice who travels in to Pegu (part of Burma, as far as I can tell). He goes on behalf of his uncle who took him in when he was orphaned as a child and who is a jewel merchant.

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The Jewel Trader of Pegu, by Jeffrey Hantover is a well-written novel, almost poetic in its word imagery, told through letters written by the primary narrator, Abraham to his cousin Joseph.

The letters describe Pegu, the exotic city where Abraham arrives at the age of 28, in order to buy jewels for his uncle (in Venice) to sell. Read "The Jewel Trader of Pegu A Novel" by Jeffrey Hantover available from Rakuten Kobo.

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In cultural journalist Hantover’s first novel, a young Venetian Jew, recently widowed, spends in the Burmese kingdom of Pegu, acquiring gems and rediscovering, by way of an unusual cultural custom, his ability to love.

Abraham’s business in lush, lovely Pegu begins auspiciously.The Jewel Trader of Pegu (Book): Hantover, Jeffrey: A melancholy young Jewish gem merchant, Abraham, born in Venice, has lived his life behind the ghetto walls of that damp, oppressive city.

He has lost a wife and the son whose difficult birth killed her. Now there is nothing left for him there. In the autumn ofAbraham chooses to seek his fortune far from the painful familiarity of.

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