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World to Come

World to Come

by Dara Horn


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World to Come

An intoxicating combination of mystery, spirituality, redemption, piety, and passion, The World To Come is Dara Horn's follow-up to her breakout critically acclaimed debut novel In the Image. Using a real-life art heist as her starting point, Horn traces the life and times of several characters, including Russian-born artist Marc Chagall and the New Jersey-based Ziskind family.

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ISBN-13: 2900393329062
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/09/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dara Horn is a two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction and one of Granta’s Best American Novelists. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.

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""A deeply satisfying literary mystery and a funny-sad meditation on how the past haunts the present—-and how we haunt the future." —-Time

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The World to Come 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 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.
carmilla222 on LibraryThing 3 days ago
This may be the closest I have come to a good modern novel. This is the story of a Russian Jewish family and their relationship to a painting by Marc Chagall. The characters were interesting without being too "wacky," and the plot was just interesting enough to keep my entertained. My only problem with it was the ending, which veered off into "the world to come" and kind of abandoned most of the characters I had grown to like.
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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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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.
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