This book was just a blast to read, trying to guess the twisting turns and finding out the true turn made this book exciting. I can't see why anyone would find this a dry and dull work. It made quick work of my reluctance to read it at first. It does have some pretty anti-semetic lines but it just adds to the plight of the romance. Ivanhoe has made me somewhat obsessive over the classics and the romantics. So Enjoy, even though if it's an assignment bear with it you may be suprised.