The Slaughterman's Daughter

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Fanny’s brother in law goes missing leaving his family destitute.. Fanny,  mother of five disappears. One might expect a family drama but no, this is an amazing explosive story. 

Set in Russian Jewish life with wonderful insight, great humour, darkness and many surprises.

A new genre for me and I loved it.

Yaniv Iczkovits writes beautifully, the book captivated me.

I am grateful to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read this arc in exchange for an honest review.
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A very imaginative story.  It is set at the end of the nineteenth century in the Pale of Settlement, a Jewish settlement in the former Russian Empire.  This is an epic Russian folk tale about a sister setting out to remedy the situation her sister finds herself in.  A cast of characters are assembled and their adventures take on various strange twists.
The style of writing is very beautiful and gentle with a subtle humour underlying the story.  
Unfortunately I found the pace of the story too slow most of the time.  It became a bit of a chore to read with too many digressions to provide each character's history.  A more concise narrative would have been better.  
Overall it was an usual and quirky story.
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I thought The Slaughterman's Daughter was a very original historical fiction. It's about a world I knew nothing about, Jewish life in the Russian empire in the 19th century. 
Characters were very well drawn out and I loved the touches of humour throughout the narrative.
I really enjoyed the fact that there no stereotypes!
There were some slow paced sections but a very refreshing and interesting read.
Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy.
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I took on this translated novel because in recent years I have very much enjoyed other books rooted in Judaism and lore. I was not prepared for such an epic undertaking. At times I felt the story meandered a bit too much and I admit that many times I lost interest. In fact I put the book aside entirely and read two more before completing this one. But The Slaughterman's Daughter is truly unique fiction and was well worth the time spent on it.
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The Slaughterman’s Daughter is an impressive work of translated historical fiction that takes place across Poland in 1894. This colourful drama is reminiscent of Russian epics mingled with a good schtickle of dark humour and wit. 

As a longer read, this book required commitment. Yet, despite its great scope and polyvocal narrative, it was by no means difficult to read. The story takes its reader on a journey in which Fanny, a Jewish slaughterman’s daughter, murders with her butcher’s knife in a quest of vengeance. On the way, we meet a multitude of people, from drunken, singing homeless men, to haughty Colonels and members of the Russian secret police. Having finished, I now have a deeper understanding and appreciation for Jewish culture and history that I had very little prior knowledge of.
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This book was an epic story of Jewish people and what they went through in Belarus. 
It had a very big scope, characters and a large span. It was long, but easy to read. I think it was well written, well built. It wasn't boring, or stagnant at any point. 

If you like epic literary fiction stories, this is a good choice. 

Thanks a lot to the publisher and NetGalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.
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The Slaughterman’s Daughter is one of the only books I’ve ever read which truly merits comparison to War and Peace in its scope and masterful characterisation. This epic historical adventure is told with expertly curated chaos and plenty of dark humour.

I always find longer reads require commitment, and The Slaughterman’s Daughter is no exception. However, the story never dragged – instead, the pages flew by. The patchwork storytelling crackles with life, the voices of each character bringing their world to life with nuance and vivacity. Every time I felt the narrative was going off on a tangent, it turned out to be perfectly weighted – a necessary detour. The meandering structure reminded me of literary greats such as Les Miserables, chaotic but always accessible. It’s an incredibly difficult style to pull off, but Iczkovits has managed it.

The Slaughterman’s Daughter is a wild ride from start to finish, a thoroughly enjoyable epic adventure.

Five stars to the cover too – that’s a real work of art!
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For a story that takes the reader through the corridors of power, people and history of 19th century Belarus, that title is interesting! I had no idea what it meant until the end and then, it was an eye opener!
This is very hard to describe this novel. It reminded me of the feeling and of the atmosphere of the great Russian writers. War and Peace but more accessible. There’s certain lots of war and peace here too.

Set in what would become Belarus, this is the central story of a Jewish woman who is searching for answers. Now, I ‘m not going to pretend and say I know if she got them all or not,but when searching for on thing, she ends up finding out so much more.

In many ways, this was the story of the Jewish people. Kicked out and kept out of their home. Told they could take one path in life when they wanted another.I know nothing about the Jewish faith of the issues its people face, but this story shows you and helps you emphasis. Even at its core, take out the Jewish question and you still have a struggle to stand up for individual rights.

It’s ambitious, wide in scope, dazzling, beguiling and a work of some detail and determination. That cover does it proud.

This is a book that is going to mean so may different things to so many different people. But for me, the first book I’ve read that’s brought me some understanding of the Jewish culture and history - this will stay with me.
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