By Dara Horn
The incomparable Dara Horn returns with a spellbinding novel of the way expertise alterations reminiscence and the way reminiscence shapes the soul.
Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an software that documents every little thing its clients do. while an Egyptian library invitations her to go to as a expert, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to move. yet in Egypt’s postrevolutionary chaos, Josie is abducted—leaving Judith unfastened to take over Josie’s lifestyles at domestic, together with her husband and daughter, whereas Josie’s expertise for holding thoughts turns into a shocking try out of her empathy and her in basic terms technique of break out.
A century prior, one other visitor arrives in Egypt: Solomon Schechter, a Cambridge professor looking for a medieval archive hidden in a Cairo synagogue. either he and Josie are haunted by means of the paintings of the medieval thinker Moses Maimonides, a physician and rationalist who sought to reconcile religion and technological know-how, future and unfastened will. yet what Schechter reveals, as he tracks down the remnants of a thousand-year-old community’s once-vibrant existence, will demonstrate the facility and perils of what Josie’s creative paintings brings into being: a global the place not anything is ever forgotten.
An engrossing experience that intertwines tales from Genesis, medieval philosophy, and the electronic frontier, A consultant for the Perplexed is a singular of profound internal that means and wonderful imagination.
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Extra resources for A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel
Mademoiselle tells her to be quiet. I am coming, wait a moment please. She is looking at Reine Dieu’s notebook. It has a lot of blots and holes like Catherine Legrand’s. It also has 32 doodles around which Reine Dieu has written the letters as she was asked to do. She has tried to erase something here and there. This makes a funny mess with hills and valleys which you want to touch. Be tween the hills it is dirty. Mademoiselle gets mad again and even throws Reine Dieu’s notebook under the table.
She makes an X beside the name. Raising her head, she says, Very good, you may be seated. She hears the geography lesson. Catherine Legrand is at the blackboard. Madame La Porte asks W hat is a river, what is a mountain, what is a sea? Catherine Legrand cannot answer these questions. Everybody has seen a river. It is a stream only bigger. Madame La Porte seems not to have heard this answer. It is a place where there is water. No, that’s not right. It is water that flows, and a sea is water that doesn’t flow.
Reine Dieu is absent. Mademoiselle makes a cross in the column beside her name. You are having dictation. Catherine Legrand doesn’t have time to write all the words that Made moiselle says. You leave spaces as big as you think the words are. You will try to fill them when Made moiselle rereads the dictation. The pen jumps from one unfinished word to the next, leaving another blank space. The pen continues to be disobedient in the hand that holds it. The point of the pen is always misbehaving, bending and dividing into two very dis tinct parts.
A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel by Dara Horn