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A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel

A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel

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The incomparable Dara Horn returns with a spellbinding novel of how technology changes memory and how memory shapes the soul.

Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an application that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. But in Egypt’s

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The incomparable Dara Horn returns with a spellbinding novel of how technology changes memory and how memory shapes the soul.

Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an application that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. But in Egypt’s postrevolutionary chaos, Josie is abducted—leaving Judith free to take over Josie’s life at home, including her husband and daughter, while Josie’s talent for preserving memories becomes a surprising test of her empathy and her only means of escape.

A century earlier, another traveler arrives in Egypt: Solomon Schechter, a Cambridge professor hunting for a medieval archive hidden in a Cairo synagogue. Both he and Josie are haunted by the work of the medieval philosopher Moses Maimonides, a doctor and rationalist who sought to reconcile faith and science, destiny and free will. But what Schechter finds, as he tracks down the remnants of a thousand-year-old community’s once-vibrant life, will reveal the power and perils of what Josie’s ingenious work brings into being: a world where nothing is ever forgotten.

An engrossing adventure that intertwines stories from Genesis, medieval philosophy, and the digital frontier, A Guide for the Perplexed is a novel of profound inner meaning and astonishing imagination.

Editorial Reviews

Jewish Book World
“A spellbinding story… a novel of astounding imagination and profound meaning.”
Jewish Journal
A Guide for the Perplexed affirms Jewish survival.”
Howard Freeman
“Lends itself to meaningful discussion.”
Geraldine Brooks
“Intricate and suspenseful, A Guide for the Perplexed is both learned and heartfelt, an exploration of human memory, its uses and misuses, that spans centuries in a twisty braid full of jaw dropping revelations and breathtaking reversals. An elegant and brainy page-turner from a master storyteller.”
Tablet Magazine
“Horn is embracing her own, livelier brand of Jewish history, embodied in the joys of discovering-and creating-the past anew.”
Jewish Review of Books
“[Horn] is first, and foremost, a storyteller, yet these stories carry [her] readers higher and further [sic] than many of her contemporaries do with dazzling prose…its three hundred pages fly by…. Where Horn’s novel shines most, and most darkly, is in its central plot.”
Jewish Daily Forward
“A Guide for the Perplexed is a richly layered book that leaves a reader…grateful and impressed.”
Starred Review Booklist
“[Within A Guide for the Perplexed] beats the living heart of a very human drama, one that will have readers both caught up in the suspense and moved by the tragic dimensions of the unresolved dilemma at the core of the story.”
Elif Batuman
“It’s not every day you come across a genuinely page-turning kidnapping story that is also replete with historical, psychological, and interpretive insights into Maimonides, envy, and motherhood, not to mention replicating the narrative structure and central themes of the biblical story of Joseph. A Guide for the Perplexed is Dara Horn’s most ambitious, audacious, edifying, and entertaining novel yet.”
Bill Goldstein - NBC's Weekend Today
“[A Guide for the Perplexed] is so beautiful, so mystical, so exciting… I really urge you to read Dara Horn.”
Bill Goldstein - NBC's Weekend Today Show
“[A Guide for the Perplexed] is so beautiful, so mystical, so exciting… I really urge you to read Dara Horn.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Horn moves seamlessly back and forth in time.”
Boston Globe
“Dara Horn's fourth, and best…. [A] humane, erudite novel.”
Jewish Ledger
“Dara Horn’s writing never disappoints.”
Jami Attenberg - New York Times Book Review
“[An] intense, multilayered story… Horn's writing comes from a place of deep knowledge…”
Andrew Ferman - Miami Herald
“Wondrous…a richly layered novel…. Horn has magically summoned the wisdom of the ages to address a most contemporary dilemma…riveting and suspenseful…. A novelist at the height of her powers.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393241402
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/02/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
291,597
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Dara Horn, the author of the novels All Other Nights, The World to Come, and In the Image, is one of Granta’s "Best Young American Novelists" and the winner of two National Jewish Book Awards. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.

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