Thirty-Six is the type of story that makes you want to do some research to learn more about the subject matter. The background story is a bit predictable, and I found that I wasn't as invested as I'd like to be in the plot. When the darkest moment arrived, I didn't feel the depth of feeling that I usually do when such horrible things happen in a book. I found I was a little confused at times and had to go back and reread to clarify. This happened at the end of the book. Maybe I was distracted by other things around me at the time, but I had to go back and make a connection that should have been very poignant to me at that point. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the Jewish history and legend that were presented in the book.
That thread, and the religious elements, kept me reading when the plot may not have been enough. It was well worth the time it took to read it.