The Day of Atonement

The Day of Atonement

Book - 2014
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On a mission of revenge, and in the guise of English businessman Sebastian Foxx, exiled Sebastião Raposa returns to Lisbon, stalking the ruthless Inquisitor priest Pedro Azinheiro who imprisoned his parents ten years earlier. When a twist of fate turns his carefully laid plans to chaos, he will be forced to choose between surrendering to bloodlust or serving the cause of mercy.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400068975
Branch Call Number: LISS D
Characteristics: 365 p. ; 25 cm.


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May 02, 2017

I don't often like historical fiction, but David Liss is an exception. Although he's American, many of his novels are set in 18th century England. His earliest books featured the memorable protagonist Benjamin Weaver, a Jewish boxer turned "thief taker," who finds himself mixed up in all manner of complicated plots. Weaver has a small part in "The Day of Atonement," but the hero here is a young Portuguese man who lost relatives to the Inquisition, fled home, and remade himself in England. He returns to Portugal for revenge! It's both a fast paced caper and a rich evocation of the place and time period. The devastating Lisbon earthquake, which was also a key plot point in Voltaire's "Candide," is also used in the story.

ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 25, 2016

A victim of the Portuguese Inquisition is determined to get revenge in the action packed novel!

Jan 26, 2016

A classic in the historical novel genre. A great read.

Jan 14, 2015

I find it fascinating to read about an era I know so little able. I didn’t realize that the Inquisition lasted into the 19th century nor did I realize it was not just Spain. I know, historically I should have realized it was a Catholic cause, but I’d never associated it with Portugal. Liss, as in his other well researched historical fiction has created compelling characters and settings. When Sebastian Foxx returns to his native Portugal in the mid 1700’s to find and kill the aggressive priest responsible for the death of his “New Christian” parents and to find the person who was responsible for turning his father over to the Inquisition his live becomes very complicated. He’s always had trouble controlling his anger and there are many times while in Lisbon, he nearly kills someone deserving of death. He becomes a member of the English businessmen, and finds love not where he expected it. Just is served, but very violently because of the Lisbon earthquake.


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