The Jerusalem Diamond, by Noah Gordon, is one of those Really Good Books. Noah Gordon is an excellent storyteller; this is the third book I’ve read by him and I’ve enjoyed them all. All of his books are about Jewish people, and he captures the spirit of a people through stories of everyday individuals living their lives. The main character in The Jerusalem Diamond, Harry Hopeman, is a Jewish diamond-seller who gets drawn into a mystery of sorts about an ancient Jewish diamond. He travels to Israel and there both falls in love and rediscovers his identity. Although some of the characters are a bit flat, existing mainly to propel the story along, the two main characters, Harry and Tamar, are complex and three-dimensional. Interspersed with Harry’s story are short stories of Harry’s ancestors who were involved with the mysterious diamond. The ending draws together all the strings of the various stories in a beautiful and slightly unexpected way. Although bittersweet, I do not think the ending could have been better. I highly recommend The Jerusalem Diamond and look forward to reading more by Noah Gordon.
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