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A Jewel of a Book,
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I so enjoyed this little book, I had to pace myself not to get to the end too soon. I am utterly fascinated to read a book written, by such a young Jewish author, in the period in which she was living, the 1880's, when she was 26 years of age. My own grandmother was 10 years younger at the time and certainly not part of either the middle or upper middle Jewish classes, but living in London in comparative poverty. Amy Levy wrote at least two books in 1888, Reuben Sachs and Romance of a Shop; I felt that the character, Judith Quixano, might have been drawn from Amy Levy's own unrequited experiences of romance. Indeed, Judith Quixano, depressed by the impossibility of ever becoming the wife of Reuben Sachs, could well have been tempted to commit suicide, as did the author the following year. Some thought the book had a good ending; I thought the ending rather sad.