BLESSED IS THE LAND by Louis Zara

BLESSED IS THE LAND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The first settlement of the Jews in the New World as once again they escape persecution is intoned through the ""daybook"" of Ashur Levy, who leaves Brazil for New Amsterdam. The long 70 day crossing is rigorous, and they land to find that Stuyvesant offers no welcome to Jews- but tries to expel them; that failing, there are many prohibitive restrictions which keep them from securing work and jail them for debt. Ashur, a young man of particular fortitude, trades with the Indians and brings back fur pelts; his partnership with the widow van Horn is fortunate for her as well; he adopts the child of an Indian chief, then weds the sulky Maria who bears him four children; and by the close he has established himself as a man of substance, and earns respect and rights for himself and his people. A ripe and ritualistic prose distends the stalwart progress here.

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 1954
Publisher: Crown