The World to Come: A Novel

The World to Come: A Novel

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by Dara Horn
     
 

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"Nothing short of amazing."—Entertainment Weekly

A million-dollar Chagall is stolen from a museum during a singles' cocktail hour. The unlikely thief, former child prodigy Benjamin Ziskind, is convinced that the painting once hung in his parents' living room. This work of art opens a door through which we discover his family's startling

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"Nothing short of amazing."—Entertainment Weekly

A million-dollar Chagall is stolen from a museum during a singles' cocktail hour. The unlikely thief, former child prodigy Benjamin Ziskind, is convinced that the painting once hung in his parents' living room. This work of art opens a door through which we discover his family's startling history—from an orphanage in Soviet Russia where Chagall taught to suburban New Jersey and the jungles of Vietnam.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393066876
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/17/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
277,384
File size:
924 KB

Meet the Author

Dara Horn, author of the award-winning novels The World to Come and In the Image, is one of Granta’s “Best Young American Novelists.” She lives with her family in New York City.

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The World to Come 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On one level, I liked this book very much. I enjoyed the Yiddish, the Jewish folk tales and legends, and became interested in the story of the real characters. And then, just when the story seemed to be reaching a resolution, what? The description of the world to come was interesting and very imaginative, but I would have liked to know more about the real characters. . Yes, as the author says, life doesn't always giveyou endings, sometimes you don't know what happens, but this is a work of fiction, and you do expect some ending, some resolution. Ultimately, I found this to be like a tasty, creative meal that was, in the end, unsatisfying.
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RGW More than 1 year ago
Dara Horn takes a real incident, the theft of a Chagall piece of art and blends a multi-generation story of life, love, death, and birth. Using this incident as the framework, the story takes a spiritual journey as it explores the antisemitism of Russia of the early 20th century. The story travels from Russia to a museum in New York exploring the real life impact of the Chagall work of art. This is an exciting and thought-provoking read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I sat on the fence for almost the entire book, mostly due to the fact that it skipped around and I had trouble seeing how certain story lines related to the main one. However, the characters were so interesting that I had to keep going. For me, the last section of the book really brought it all together and made the book worth my while. The author's interpretation of paradise before birth (vs. after death) was absolutely fascinating, her vision regarding what happens to loved ones when they die (they become the ones who shape their future, unborn descendants' souls before birth), should be a comfort to anyone who has lost someone. Apparently the author pulled from a lot of Hebrew folklore and literature, and it made me want to read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The World to Come is a facinating book, great stories. I was able to get involved in the characters and their lives inmidiately, I was sorry to when I got to the last chapter.