By A. B. Yehoshua

Within the 12 months 999, whilst Ben Attar, a Moroccan Jewish service provider, takes a moment spouse, he commits an act whose unexpected outcomes will endlessly adjust his kinfolk, his relationships, his business-his lifestyles. In an try and avoid clash and increase his enterprise pursuits even as, Ben Attar undertakes his annual trip to Europe with either his first spouse and his new spouse. The journey is the start of a profound human drama whose ethical conflicts of constancy and wish resonate with these of our time. Yehoshua renders the medieval global of Jewish and Christian tradition and exchange with surprising intensity and sensuous element. throughout the trials of a medieval service provider, the popular writer explores the inner most questions about the character of morality, personality, codes of human behavior, and issues of the center.

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When she spoke to him he did not understand. She tried Latin, but he was not a monk. Finally she said something in French, and his face was suffused with joy and he replied in the same language. Ellen never went back to the convent. From that day on she lived in the forest, first in a rough shelter of branches and leaves, later in a dry cave. She had not forgotten the masculine 31 Ken Follett – THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH skills she had learned in her father’s house: she could still hunt deer, trap rabbits and shoot swans with a bow; she could gut and clean and cook the meat; and she even knew how to scrape and cure the hides and furs for her clothes.

The man could not stay in the town overnight, for he had no home here, and he could not get lodgings without establishing himself as a respectable man somehow. Therefore he had to leave before the gates closed at nightfall. And there were only two gates. “He’ll probably go back the way he came,” Tom said to Agnes. “I’ll wait outside the east gate. Let Alfred watch the west gate. You stay in the town 46 Ken Follett – THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH and see what the thief does. Keep Martha with you, but don’t let him see her.

The thief was on his knees in the ditch. “He’s an outlaw,” Agnes called out to them, to discourage them from 50 Ken Follett – THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH interfering. ” The peasants made no reply, but waited to see what would happen next. Tom spoke to the thief again. ” The man came up out of the ditch with a knife in his hand, fast as a rat, and went for Tom’s throat. Agnes screamed. Tom dodged. The knife flashed across his face and he felt a burning pain along his jaw. He stepped back and swung his hammer as the knife flashed again.

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