By Bruce Bauman
Whilst the tragic dying of his son compels Dr. Neil Downs to escape long island urban for India, he's taking a role because the resident surgeon on the American Embassy, the place he's brought to the paradoxes of Indian social and political lifestyles. not able to mourn, and indignant a few betrayal at the a part of his spouse, Sarah, Neil seeks philosophical shelter within the writings of Levi Furstenblum, whose paintings grapples with the character of language and god after Auschwitz. even as, he turns into concerned with a prestigious Indian relatives and varieties a bond with Holika, the rebellious, activist niece of the family's business and political doyen. With this dating, Neil discovers the intrigues and the horrors that plague a society now not distinct to the only he left in the back of. via a fancy interaction among the exterior and inner, overseas and family, the guarantees of religion and the ineluctability of evil, Neil slowly unravels the lies and misrepresentations that had woven the feel of his lifestyles.
This tightly plotted novel could be impossible to resist to somebody who yearns for confirmation in spirituality and issues of the guts. a beautiful reinterpretation of the Abraham and Isaac sacrifice fable, And the observe was once is certain to go away readers profoundly moved.
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And the Word Was by Bruce Bauman