A review by bookbelle5_17
The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

challenging dark emotional hopeful informative inspiring reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Review of The Weight of Ink
By: Rachel Kadish
            Professor Helen Watt has been led by a former student to a cache of writings by a female Jewish scribe, Ester, from the late 1600s.  Unfortunately, Helen needs help from an American college student, who is Jewish, Aaron Levy to handle the documents as she has Parkinson’s. We also see Ester’s story as she secretly writes against the expectations and pressures of her society.
            This is such a page turner as we learn Helen and Ester’s stories told to the reader in this book.  There lives run parallel to each other as they are both women that are trying to prove their worth and are talked down to by males.  They have to learn how to accept their fates and let others in, as well. Aaron also has to learn some of these things but also to lesson his ego.  He’s a bit of prick and arrogant.  I get the frustration of wanting to talk to someone that you can have in-depth discussions, but Aaron is rude and insensitive to other’s feelings, especially women’s feelings.  The only character that pissed me off more than Aaron was Bridgett Easton.  She’s cold and unfeeling and represents the negative traits of modern women such as her lack of respect for history and her sense of entitlement. Another character that pissed me off is Bescos.  He is cruel and arrogant and is a self-righteous bastard. The writing is beautiful with one half immersing you in the past and the other half immersing you in world researching history.  She explores not only the challenges that still exist today, but the suffering of the Jews.  The hatred that Ester and Mary experienced throughout the novel was hard to read.  Helen’s struggle with Parkinson’s and trying to hold onto her pride was also heartbreaking to read.

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