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Following the death of her Jewish mother, Cordelia Tilley is sold to Windice, the village squire to help pay off her loathesome stepfather's debts.
This is a revenge novel wherein the heroine turns the tables on her detractors by utilizing the culinary skills taught to her by her Jewish mother to contaminate the miscreant's food .
Cordelia has become a victim of sado masochistic practices, sexual abuse and Anglo-Christian triumphalism.
In this novel there are allusions to literature, but it is basically a page turner and potboiler with literary
The most disappointing feature of this novel is the author's scant knowledge of Jewish tradition and ritual a prerequisite for the portrayal of antisemitism directed at Jews in Victorian England.For reasons of security Cordelia and her mother have become Marranos, ( those who profess the common culture on the outside but adhere to Jewish culture covertly).
Instead of poisoning the local well to get even with her tormenters, ( as the blood libel would have it), the heroine Cordelia Tilley, contaminates the food in the local inn, an act of culinary terrorism,assuring the demise of her persecutor.
The crime goes undetected but it signals the death of the innocence of a former victim who has lost the moral high ground.
This novel is indebted to the episodic eighteenth century picaresque novel which portrays the seduction of the innocent by a libertine, and the struggle of the heroine to either fight back or accept her fate.Read more ›
- Jasmine D'Costa, author of Curry is Thicker than Water, Stories, and Writer-in-Residence, The Toronto Heliconian Club.
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